With ‘100 Days to Go’ until the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, British Athletics has today confirmed it will be sending its largest contingent of marathon runners to a World Championships since 1993.
It is only the third time in history (1983, 1993 and 2017) that British Athletics has selected six marathon runners (three men and three women) to compete at a World Championships, with Dominic King becoming the first 50km race walker to represent British Athletics at a World Championships in 22 years.
Callum Hawkins (coach: Robert Hawkins)
Josh Griffiths (self-coached)
Alyson Dixon (self-coached)
Charlotte Purdue (Nic Bideau)
Tracy Barlow (Nick Anderson)
50km race walks:
Dominic King (George Nibre)
Josh Griffiths will represent British Athletics for the very first time at the World Championships this summer. Griffiths grabbed all the headlines at the London Marathon this past weekend, after starting the race as a club runner but finishing ahead of most of the elite field in 13th position overall – the first Brit home under the World Championship qualifying time (clocking 2:14.49).
After realising he had qualified for London 2017, Griffiths said “The goal for me was to try and run the Welsh standard for the Commonwealth Games of 2:16:00 – obviously that is the same time as the qualifier for the World Championships, but the overall goal was to get that time in. To come in the first two British athletes and qualify for the World Championships is just something that never crossed my mind at all – I can’t believe it.”
Set against some of the capital’s most historically significant and picturesque backdrops, both marathons will be held on Sunday 6 August, with the 26.2-mile route starting and finishing at Tower Bridge in central London.
Taking place on Sunday 13 August, the 50km race is part of London 2017’s ‘Festival of Race Walks’. Staged along The Mall on a two-kilometre loop between Buckingham Palace and Admiralty Arch, the event is free to spectators.
The full British Athletics team for the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London will be announced on 11 July 2017, with an additional announcement for events with unfilled places or available Home Nation slots made on 25 July 2017.