Three-time Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba will take on the Great South Run 10-mile race on 23 October, following her third-place finish at September’s Great North Run. The Ethiopian is considered by many as the greatest female distance runner of all time.
Nicknamed the Baby-Faced Destroyer, Dibaba’s three Olympic gold medals came in 2008 where she won both the 10,000m and the 5,000m, and in 2012 when she triumphed over the 10,000m in London. The 31-year-old will also be competing in the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon on 2 October, where she’ll square off against Kenya’s Betsy Saina. However, her competition at the Great South Run will be an almost entirely domestic field.
The Isle of Wight’s Jess Andrews, Olympic marathon representative Aly Dixon, Lily Partridge, Charlotte Purdue, Beth Potter and Eli Kirk lead a stellar cast of Britain’s best distance running talent along with European half marathon silver medallist Veronica Inglese.
The Great South Run starts and finishes in Southsea and gives participants a unique opportunity to run through Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, passing iconic landmarks such as HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose Museum.
For more information go the event website.