Pavey to run in Bicton 10k
PUBLISHED: 14:50 20 January 2011
Olympic athlete, Jo Pavey, who hails from Feniton, has agreed to take part in the Women’s Running Network 5k at Bicton on Saturday, January 22.
She had planned to run when the event was originally scheduled for early December but snow and ice forced a postponement and it was thought the Exeter Harriers’ star might not be able to make it on the new date.
But she confirmed on Tuesday that she will line up for the start, although she won’t be competing at full pace on a course that takes runners along country lanes and trails in and around the scenic grounds of Bicton College and Woodbury Common.
A changed format for 2011 sees men also invited to enter. Instead of just a 10 kilometre race, there’ll now be a women’s-only 5K race and a mixed 10K. And there’s still time to enter via the events section at www.womensrunningnetwork.co.uk.
Pavey’s appearance is a real boost for the first major race staged by Women’s Running Network this year to raise money for the Exeter Leukaemia Fund. The 37-year-old Devon athlete, who has competed at three Olympic Games and in a host of other world class races, is patron of the WRN and ELF vice-patron.
Pavey, who is based in West London, is working her way back to full fitness after injury and illness dogged 2010.She still ended the season top of the UK rankings for 10,000m and second over 5,000m. She is targeting next year’s London Marathon and hopes to compete for GB over the same distance in the 2012 Olympics.
Pauline Beare, co-founder and chief executive of the WRN, said: “It’s not often you get the chance to line up alongside a world class athlete at a local event like this. It’s just fantastic that Jo wants to be a part of what should be a brilliant day.”