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Athletics: Jo Pavey eyes third Bupa Great South Run success

January 24, 2013

The opportunity to become the first athlete to win three Bupa Great South Run titles might just offer Jo Pavey the necessary challenge to chase another success in this year’s race event, now acknowledged as the world’s leading 10 mile event.

The seasoned British international makes no secret that the world leading 10 mile road race, taking place on October 27, is one of the favourites in her calendar, having won it in 2006 and again last year.

However, Pavey, after her solid Olympic Games 5,000m and 10,000m displays in London, where her seventh positions over both distances made her the first European to cross the line on each occasion, is still intent on pursuing a track career after those positive displays.

The current European 10,000m silver medallist has made an early New Year resolution to challenge for a place in the Great Britain team for the IAAF World Championships, taking place in Moscow from August 10.

Pavey’s decision means that although she and Gavin, her coach and husband, have mapped out a provisional 2013 schedule, they have yet to confirm their plans post Moscow – including another Bupa Great South Run outing – where she is again hoping to double in the 5,000m and 10,000m.

But the 39-year-old has a particular affinity with the Portsmouth event, which will host a field of 25,000 runners of all abilities, and organisers are determined to persuade her to chase another record breaking win.

“Five other women have claimed two victories, including double Olympic gold medallist Derartu Tulu and world champions Liz McColgan and Sonia O’Sullivan, who set a then world record, and still surviving UK-All Comer’s record during her first success in 2002,” said David Hart, the Bupa Great South Run’s Communications Director.

“I’m sure Jo would love having the accolade of being the first to clock up a third victory in a race which has become bigger and bigger since first being staged in Portsmouth in 1991, after moving from Southampton.”

Hart recalled: “The winner on that occasion was the then reigning Olympic 10,000m champion Olga Bondarenko, and we are proud that she, along with Tulu, McColgan, O’Sullivan and of course Paula Radcliffe, have contributed immensely to its global stature.”

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