The streets of the capital will be buzzing this weekend with the return of the 'free to enter' Amba Hotels City of London Mile. The city centre event goes through the heart of London starting at the foot of St Paul’s Cathedral. The event consists of five races, consisting of the Family Mile, Youth Mile, City of London Mile, Women’s Mile and International Mile.
The appearance of Emanuel, who won the silver medal over 3000m at the European Indoor Championships in Prague in March, adds spice to a strong international men’s field which includes eight runners who have run under 4 minutes for the mile. Emanuel has been preparing for the European track season from his training base in New Mexico. Emanuel has a PB for the mile of 3:54:30, set indoors at the New Balance Games in February 2014.
The international line-up is led by the young Brazilian Thiago André who finished 4th over 1500m at last year’s World Junior Championships. Also in the field are Collis Birmingham of Australia, Julian Matthews of New Zealand and Kevin Batt of Ireland.
In addition to Emanuel, there is an impressive list of British talent on show including four of the top five British finishers (Chris Warburton, Dave Bishop, Andy Heyes and Tom Lancashire) in last year’s inaugural race. Adam Clarke, recent winner of the Westminster Mile, is also in the field, as are James Brewer, Frank Baddick, Anthony Whiteman and Jonny Hay.
The two favourites in the women’s race are Zoe Buckman of Australia, a 1500m finalist at the 2013 World Championships, and Amela Terzic of Serbia, who won a 1500m silver medal at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Barcelona. Buckman’s 1500m PB is 4:04:09, while Terzic’s stands at 4:05:69.
The British challenge is led by Gemma Kersey and Jemma Simpson who finished 4th and 7th respectively at the Westminster Mile.
The course records from last year’s first edition of these races are 4:04 by Ryan Gregson and 4:44 by Genevieve LaCaze.
To find out more about Sunday's event (14 June) visit the City Of London Mile website.