Following its successful launch in 2014, the Worcester City 10K returns on 20 September and already the 2015 date is shaping up to be special with news that Jo Pavey will be in the line-up. The European 10,000 champion who has next year's Olympics in Rio in her sights will be using the Worcester event to maintain momentum as she looks ahead to 2016.
The Worcester City 10K is organised by Events of the North (the company run by Olympic medal winner Steve Cram), in partnership with Worcester City Council. The big day in September also sees a Run-Bike-Run and Young Athletes Run.
Jo Pavey provided one of the sporting stories of the year in 2014, when at the age of 40, she produced the best performances of her life to win a bronze medal in the 5,000m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, only to top that with a 10,000m gold in the European Championships a few weeks later. All of this happened the year after Pavey gave birth to her second child and her achievements on the track led to the public voting her into third position in the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
Steve Cram, founder and organiser of the Worcester City 10K, said: “Jo is a genuine inspiration on so many levels. She is still competing at the very top level in her 40s, which is fantastic, and she does so with a wonderful attitude. Her story has really struck a chord with the British public and demonstrates to women – and men – that age doesn’t have to be a barrier to great running performances. Once again, Jo is running really well this year and although the Worcester City 10K isn’t her main target for the season, we still expect her to be at the sharp end of the field on 20 September!”
Places on the Run Worcester events are available at the event website.