European champion and four-times Olympian, Jo Pavey, is set to be the race starter in October’s Great West Run. Taking place in her home city of Exeter, the 41-year-old was the natural choice to fire the gun at Devon’s biggest mass participation event, which takes place on Sunday 18 October.
Born in Honiton, Devon, Jo is a familiar face on the local running scene, as a member of Exeter Harriers Athletics Club.
Pavey has represented Great Britain in every Olympic Games from 2000 to 2012. She became a household name when winning European 10,000m gold in 2014 aged 40.
Jo said: “Being part of Exeter’s Great West Run is truly an honour. As a local resident and club runner, the event has been a firm fixture in Exeter for many, many years, and to see it go from strength to strength is really promising for the next generation of runners in the South West.
“The race passes some of my favourite city sights, and takes in all that is great about Exeter. Good luck to everyone taking part, and I will definitely be looking forward to seeing all of your faces at the start line!”
To be part of Exeter’s Great West Run this October, visit the Great West Run website.