Olympic hopeful Scott Overall has confirmed he will be defending his Great North 10K title in Gateshead next weekend (Sunday, July 22). Overall, who secured qualification for London 2012 with a blistering debut performance at the Berlin Marathon, will use the event as part of his final preparations for the Olympics.
Now in its 4th year, the Bupa Great North 10K is the sister event to the Bupa Great North Run, attracting 5,000 participants. The upcoming race will be the second time it has been staged in Gateshead, and will see runners take in iconic landmarks including the Sage Gateshead, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art - which housed the Turner Prize earlier this year.
Peter Riley, elite athlete manager at organisers Nova International said he was delighted Overall - who recorded a time of 29:48 in last year's event - would be competing in the upcoming race: "Scott sees the race coming at an ideal time in his build up to the marathon final. The Gateshead course is one he acknowledges as being very testing and he had no hesitation in accepting when asked if he wanted to return and defend his title."
Joining Overall in the event will be two other athletes with Olympic marathon aspirations, Mark Kenneally and Jussi Utriainen. Riley added: "Mark is Ireland's number one and will be the country's sole representative in the Games marathon, while Jussi is in the Finnish line up. I'm keeping my fingers crossed a couple of others may fancy a 10k run out as well."