Britain’s European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey will be the headline star at the eighth edition of the Bupa London 10,000 on Monday 25 May when some 12,000 people will race over a scenic 10km course around the historic streets of the capital.
Pavey was just a month short of her 41st birthday when she became the oldest female European champion in history last August.
Pavey returns to the annual Bupa London 10,000 on Whit Bank Holiday Monday for the first time since 2011 when she became the first British winner of the women’s race, beating Gemma Steel and Paula Radcliffe just six weeks after making her debut at the Virgin Money London Marathon.
“Last year was an incredible one for me, and completely unexpected,” said Pavey, who gave birth to her daughter, Emily, in September 2013, four years after her son Jacob was born.
Adding: “After finally winning gold in Zürich I am keen to get back out racing again and the Bupa London 10,000 will be a great way to test my fitness ahead of the summer. With the World Championships coming up in August and the Rio Olympic Games around the corner in 2016 this will be the perfect platform for the track season."
The Bupa London 10,000 incorporates the British Athletics 10km Championships for men and women. The runners will start on The Mall in St James's Park, run east down the Strand before heading into the City of London over Holborn Viaduct. They will return down Whitehall and Birdcage Walk to finish on Spur Road outside Buckingham Palace.
The event forms the second part of a packed weekend of road running around central London which will start on Sunday morning (24 May) with the third edition of the Bupa Westminster Mile, a series of races around St James’s Park for runners of all ages and abilities, from elites to families with young children.