London 2012 preparations will step up a gear for British stars Paula Radcliffe and Mo Farah at the Bupa London 10,000 on Monday 30 May.
Making only her second competitive outing since giving birth to her second child, Raphael, in September last year, Paula will be looking for a more comprehensive idea of her fitness levels as she aims to finally land that elusive Olympic medal on the same roads 14 months later.
The 37-year-old remains the 10K world record holder and Paula will no doubt have her eyes on the course record in a city that has witnessed some of the greatest highs of her career, including her smashing of the world marathon record in 2003.
“I can’t wait to be running in London again,” said Paula. “Racing in London holds special memories for me for obvious reasons. The Bupa London 10,000 is a great opportunity to test myself against some good opposition and be competitive again over a shorter distance.”
Mo Farah’s decision to re-locate to the US to team up with triple New York Marathon winner Alberto Salazar has certainly paid dividends and he will be keen to maintain his current hot streak of form ahead of an important summer.
The 28-year-old followed up his European indoor 500m record in February by retaining his European 3000m crown in March and most recently winning the New York City Half Marathon in a British record time.
“I’ve had some great success in this event in the last two years,” said Mo, who set a national and course record time of 27:44 last year.
“I’m aiming for more of the same this time. It’s been a great year for me so far and another good run at the Bupa London 10,000 could be the springboard to a successful summer on the track with the World Championships in Daegu my main target.”
Over 10,000 fun runners and celebs will be trailing the two British stars around the course in an event that will incorporate the first UK national 10K road championships, as part of the runbritain
Grand Prix series.