Olympic 5000m silver medalist Hellen Obiri will headline the 40th edition of the Great North Run half marathon that will be held on Sunday (12) from Newcastle to South Shields in England.
The 31 year-old made her half marathon debut at the Istanbul Half Marathon last April where she ran an exceptional 1:04.51 making her the fourth-fastest Kenyan of all-time.
The versatile Obiri is the only woman in history to win world titles in indoor track, outdoor track and cross country.
Obiri has been defeated three times recently on the track by Namibia’s Francine Niyonsaba including yesterday’s race in Zuric Meet where she finished second and called it a day on the track events as she now puts her energy on road races.
Obiri will face off with Tokyo 2020 marathon bronze medallist, Molly Seidel from United States who comes to this race with a personal best of 1:08.29 that she got early this year at the Atlanta Motor Speedway 2021.
The race course record of 1:04.28 that was set in 2019 by Brigid Kosgei from Kenya is within her reach considering her personal best during her debut.