In her preparations to compete at this year’s New York City Marathon, world marathon record holder Mary Jepkosgey Keitany will this Sunday take to the streets of England in this year’s Great North Run half marathon.
Keitany, who turned down to compete for Kenya at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, said she was prepared for the 21km run in the former colonial master’s land.
“I am very prepared for the race as I will be travelling today (Thursday) to team up with other Kenyans in the race,” said Keitany, the three time consecutive winner of New York City marathon.
The former world half marathon record holder wrote on her facebook page “Can’t wait to be part of world’s biggest half marathon this Sunday.”
The triple London marathon champion will be facing off with Caroline Chepkoech, the runner who paced for her to win 2017 London marathon with a world record at 2:17.01.
She will also be compete with defending champion and Olympic 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot. Cheruiyot won the race in 2016 as her first road race after switching from track when she outpaced Priscah Jeptoo.
Former world junior cross country runner Magdalene Masai will also be on the starting line up.