High quality fields are being assembled by organiser James McIlroy for Northern Eire highway race in August
With final 12 months’s winners Yalemzerf Yehualaw and Jemal Yimer set to defend their titles, along with the presence of rising British star Marc Scott, organisers of the ‘Mid & East Antrim’ Antrim Coast Half Marathon are aiming to make their occasion on August 28 one of many best 13.1-mile races ever held within the UK and Eire.
The World Athletics Elite label occasion sees Yehualaw returning to defend her crown. Final 12 months the Ethiopian smashed the world document on the occasion, just for it to not be ratified because of the course being 54 metres too brief.
In January, nevertheless, she confirmed her potential once more by clocking a world document of 29:14 for 10km in Spain.
‘The entire of Northern Eire is delighted Yalemzerf is returning this 12 months and she or he’s persevering with this 12 months the place she completed final 12 months with a brand new world document in Cannes over 10km,” says Antrim Coast Half organiser James McIlroy.
“Her plan is to debut over the marathon in Hamburg in April, earlier than returning to Northern Eire have been she’s going to obtain a tremendous reception. Everybody loves her, so hopefully she will feed off the reception she’ll be getting on the best way spherical and go even sooner this 12 months!”
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Along with Yehualaw, McIlroy is poised to signal an extra three ladies who’ve run between 65-67 minutes for the gap.
The boys’s race will goal a UK all-comers’ document and presently has 4 males who’ve run sub-59 minute and 9 who’ve clocked sub-60min confirmed to run.
They embrace final 12 months’s winner Jemal Yimer, the Ethiopian record-holder with 58:33. The 25-year-old is because of run the Boston Marathon in April earlier than then constructing as much as deal with the Antrim Coast Half.
Additionally set to race are Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, the 2015 world marathon champion and 2016 New York Metropolis Marathon winner from Eritrea, plus final 12 months’s third-placed athlete on the Antrim Coast Half, Shadrack Kimining of Kenya, and Ethiopian expertise Gizealew Ayana, who ran 59:39 final 12 months aged 19.
Then in fact there may be Marc Scott, who will return to the occasion for the third 12 months. After successful the Nice North Run final September, he clocked 12:57 for 5000m indoors this 12 months earlier than successful bronze over 3000m on the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade.
Returning for 2022 may even be nationwide groups from Eire, England, and Northern Eire, with England confirming their workforce week commencing June 6, Eire finish of July and Northern Eire after August 9.
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The occasion is not only an elite race both. A sizeable mass subject is anticipated with five-time Olympian Jo Pavey pacing the two-hour group.
There may even be a basic avenue mile on the Saturday night earlier than the principle occasion with McIlroy saying the race could probably goal a sub-four-mile efficiency to kick off the weekend.
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