After securing qualification for the Olympics in his debut race last September, Scott Overall will run as a pacer at London marathon on April 22. Overall, who recorded a time of 2:10:55 in Berlin, will be aiming to give a group of leading British runners the best possible chance of finishing within the required standard of 2:12:00.
The 29-year-old Londoner commented: "It was fantastic to beat the qualifying time in Berlin and to be selected for the Olympic Games in my home city." Overall hopes he will not cast a solitary figure in the event: "I don't want to be the only British man on the start line on August 12. I want to have friends and teammates beside me and am happy to do whatever I can to help them beat the time."
While Overall hopes to help other runners set the required qualifying time, the event will also be a valuable training exercise in the lead up to London 2012: "Of course, it will also be a good opportunity for me to have a serious workout on the London marathon course as part of my preparations for the Games."
Overall was named in December along with Paula Radcliffe and Mara Yamauchi in the first wave of Olympic marathon selections. With the final selections for the Olympic marathon team expected the day after the London marathon on Monday, April 23, the event represents the final opportunity for many runners.