Ethiopians Yalemzerf Yehualaw and Jemal Yimer will be heading back to defend their titles at the Antrim Coast Half Marathon that will be held on August 28, 2022 in Antrim, Northern Ireland.
The organisers have unveiled the line-up of the elite-level event that will start in Larne at 9am on Sunday, August 28 has attracted some of the world’s best athletes.
Race director and former international track star James McIlroy said: “This will be one of the best races held anywhere in the world this year. We have top class athletes attending the event from all over the world, including last year’s winners Yalemzerf Yehualaw and Jemal Yimer.
“Our race is one of the fastest in the world. It’s a great opportunity for world class runners to set personal bests. It’s also a great spectator event, as it is a rare opportunity for spectators to see world class athletes competing in Northern Ireland.”
In the women’s race, Yehualaw will be joined by fellow Ethiopians Tsehay Gemechu and Gete Alemayheu, Kenyan Beatrice Chepkemoi Mutai and American Jane Bareikis. The top Northern Irish competitors include Bangor’s Jessica Craig, Emma Mitchell of Banbridge and Aghagallon’s Fionnuala Ross.
The men’s elite race will see one of the biggest elite fields ever assembled in the United Kingdom with 78 runners taking their place on the start with a total of 18 nations.
Seven competitors have previously broken the 60-minute barrier. Last year’s winner Yimer will race against fellow Ethiopians Tesfahun Akalnew and Huseydin Mohamed. Yimer previously posted the fastest debut half-marathon of all time and has a personal best time of 58 minutes and 33 seconds.
Team GB brothers Callum and Derek Hawkins will make the trip to Larne, as will Irish Olympian Stephen Scullion.
The weekend’s events will kick off with a kids’ race on Saturday evening, followed by the Classic Street mile, in which former Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie and ex-Team GB star Jo Pavey will participate.