Following her Commonwealth Games success, Jo Pavey is set to return to Glasgow on Sunday 5 October for the Great Scottish Run. The 40-year-old mother of two produced one of the stand-out performances of Glasgow 2014 when she charged up the home straight at Hampden Park to take third place in the women’s 5,000m final.
Pavey also recently won gold in the 10,000m at the European Championships in Zurich, becoming the oldest female gold medallist in the 80-year history of the competition.
The Great Scottish Run half marathon will be her first race after turning 41 on 20 September, and offers the Exeter Harrier a chance to make a swift return to a city that will forever occupy a special place in her heart.
She said: “The Great Scottish Run is really important to me. It’s a long time since I’ve had the opportunity to run in a big road race and the Great Scottish Run will be a fantastic half marathon for me to be involved with – especially after the experience I had at the Commonwealth Games. It means a lot to me to be coming back to Glasgow and I think it will be quite emotional, especially as the course goes past many of the venues that were used at the Games.
“I’ll never forget the deafening noise that night I ran at Hampden Park. The crowd were awesome and the atmosphere was absolutely brilliant. It felt like a repeat of the 2012 Olympics and it was so special the way the crowd were so close to the track.”
For more information on the Great Scottish Run, visit the event website.