Both Martin Mathathi and Lucy Kabuu, winners in their respective fields at the recent Great North Run on Tyneside, have confirmed they will compete in Sunday's, (October 3) Great Edinburgh Run. The event will welcome the Kenyan duo in what is fast becoming the most competitive line-up the race has witnessed.
Mathathi's half-marathon time of 58 minutes 56 seconds is the fastest performance ever achieved on British soil, with the 25-year-old slashing 9 seconds off the previous record. Lucy Kabuu, meanwhile, easily defeated her highly rated opponents in the Tyneside run with a stunning victory in 67:06.
Both athletes, who have remained in Teddington, West London, to prepare for their next outing, are looking for a repeat performance in the 10k road race in an event that is set to attract over 10,000 people to the Scottish capital.
Peter Riley, the elite athletes manager at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run, said their participation underlines the calibre of this year's runners, commenting: "Mathathi was the World Championships bronze medallist four years ago and finished fifth in Daegu last month. Kabuu won the 2006 Commonwealth title at that distance and she has been an Olympic finalist on the last two occasions."
Mathathi will be part of a strong male field which includes fellow Kenyan John Kelai, the 2010 Commonwealth Games marathon champion, while Spain will be represented by former European 10,000m silver medallist Chema Martinez.
This year's run will be a first for Scottish runner Andrew Lemoncello, who, although a regular in the Great Run calendar, has never competed in one on home soil. Riley said of the Scot: "He'll be looking for a good debut and I'm sure the crowd will get behind him."
Lucy Kabuu will be up against fellow countrywoman and 2010 Commonwealth Games marathon champion, Irene Jerotich. Helen Clitheroe, winner of the Great Manchester Run and an impressive fifth in her first half-marathon on Tyneside, will be part of a strong British contingent. Scotland's number one distance star Freya Murray, like Lemoncello, will be aiming to impress in front of her home fans.
The Bupa Great Edinburgh Run hosts a 10k, 5k, and junior race. There are still spaces available for this year's run and you can register at the event website.