Vivian Cheruiyot Vs Joyciline and Saina Affair

Olympic and World champion Vivian Cheruiyot will return to Tyneside as she bids to make it two Simplyhealth Great North Run victories in three years, it has been announced.

The four-time Olympic and five-time World Championship medallist won the world’s biggest half marathon on her debut over the distance in 2016, and finished second to winner Mary Keitany last year.

She said: “I am looking forward to returning to England for the Simplyhealth Great North Run.

“It was a magnificent race when I won here for the first time in 2016 and I want to be on top of that podium again next month.”

Also in the elite list is the fastest ever woman over the half marathon will be looking to spoil Vivian Cheruiyot’s plans to make it two Simplyhealth Great North Run wins in three years on Sunday.

Joyciline Jepkosgei, the world record holder over the half marathon, has been added to the field for the world’s biggest half marathon this weekend and will be the main competition for Olympic champion Cheruiyot in the iconic race.

Kenyan Jepkosgei clocked her record time of 64.51 in the Prague Half Marathon last year where she also broke the world 10KM, 15KM and 20KM records.

She went on to beat her own 10KM world record time back in Prague three months later when she clocked 29.43 to become the first woman to ever break 30 minutes over 10KM.

Betsy Saina, who finished fifth in last year’s race which was won by Mary Keitany, will also be in contention, with British hopes lying with Lily Partridge, Gemma Steel, Charlotte Purdue and Sunderland athlete Aly Dixon.