Dewi Griffiths and Caryl Jones will feature in the 2012 Great North Run on Sunday. The in-form duo from Swansea Harriers will race in competitive elite fields which include some of the worlds top distance runners.
The Men's field is headed by London Marathon Champion, Wilson Kipsang and the current World Cross Country Champion Imane Merga. The ladies field will see both the Olympic 10,000m and Marathon Champions from 2012 competing in the guise of Tirunesh Dibaba and Tiki Gelana respectively.
Caryl Jones on her way to victory at the Cardiff 10k
Dewi has a half marathon best of 65.40 set at the Birmingham Half Marathon in 2011 but will be looking to better it in Newcastle on the prestigious Great North Run course which is known for fast times.
Caryl impressed the crowds last weekend at the Cardiff 10k with a 32.31 clocking and will look to replicate that form over the half marathon distance this weekend. Caryl's current best for the distance is set at an impressive 74.04 which she posted at Marrakech Half Marathon in February.
The Great North Run is televised live on the BBC this Sunday with the ladies race starting at 10.15am and the elite men setting off at 10.40am.
The Bupa Great North Run is the premier event in the Great Run series and firmly established as the world’s most popular half-marathon.
From just 5,000 runners at the very first staging in 1981, the event has now grown to an unmissable experience for over 54,000 each year.
The course takes in the iconic Tyne Bridge and finishes in the coastal town of South Shields, live music, on course refreshment and thousands of cheering supporters will keep you motivated every step of the way.
Many world class athletes have taken on the challenge including local international and winner of the very first race, Mike McLeod as well as some of the most famous names in distance running; Paula Radcliffe and Haile Gebrselassie – a new course record was set in 2011 when Kenyan Martin Mathathi stormed to victory in Just 59 minutes and 27 seconds.
The Bupa Great North Run is not only part of the cultural fabric of the North East, but has touched lives across the UK and around the world - last year’s event saw runners from over 40 different countries taking part.
Many choose to run to raise money for causes close to their hearts and in the last 30 years the event has helped runners raise millions of pounds for charities and worthy ventures.
Whether you choose to run to raise money, complete a personal challenge or as part of the journey towards a healthier lifestyle, the Bupa Great North Run is the ultimate mass participation running experience!
2011 results available here.