The Vitality London Big Half on Sunday, March 10, which serves as a tune-up race for the Virgin Money London Marathon, will be a spectacle worth watching as defending champion Sir Mo Farah takes on 2017 London Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru and two-time London Marathon champion and former marathon world record-holder Wilson Kipsang.
Farah won last year in 61:40, just three seconds ahead of Wanjiru, who finished in second place. The Vitality Big Half doubles as the British Half-Marathon Championships and will feature a number of strong British elites besides Farah.
All three of last year’s female podium finishers, Charlotte Purdue, Lily Partridge and Charlotte Arter are returning also.
This year’s Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday, April 28. Farah and Kipsang will both be running the full marathon again, along with world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge (who is going for his fourth win), 2018 second-place finisher and former Japanese national record-holder Shura Kitata, and world half-marathon record-holder Abraham Kiptum.
Farah has hinted strongly that he is considering a return to the track after this year’s London Marathon.