Former Champ Martin Lel Returning To Great North Run

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 24, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 24, 2011 at 10:23 AM UTC
Martin Lel of Kenya returns to England in September at the Great North Run. Photo: IAAF

Martin Lel of Kenya returns to England in September at the Great North Run. Photo: IAAF

He is looking for his third victory there.

One of the world’s most capable road racers, Martin Lel of Kenya, is returning to the Great North Run in England in September to see if he can reclaim his title. Lel, now 32 years old, won one of the world’s most popular half marathons in 2007 and 2009. At the 2007 edition, he defeated the late marathon champion, Sammy Wanjiru. At the 2009 edition, he clocked a blazing 59:32 to edge out Kiplimo Kimutai.

“I’m looking forward to returning to what is a great event and where I have scored two important victories,” he said. “Winning the Bupa Great North Run is never easy given the strength of the fields and therefore my two victories mean very much to me. Now I want another.”

At this year’s race, Lel will toe the line next to fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai, who defeated him at this year’s London Marathon.

An expected 54,000 runners will be taking part in the race. Along with Mutai and Lel, Mo Farah of England, who has been enjoying a fantastic track season this year, may also be in the hunt for the win.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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