Pavey looks forward to Glasgow return

After winning a bronze medal over 5000m at the Commonwealth Games this summer, Jo Pavey is due to make a return visit to Glasgow next month for the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run

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Jo Pavey will be participating in her first half-marathon in over two years at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on 5 October.

Pavey, who turns 41 this month, last raced the distance at the Great North Run two years ago when she finished fifth in the second fastest time of her career of 69:20.

That performance was preceded by a stellar track season culminating in a pair of seventh-place finishes at the Olympic Games, and Pavey will be looking to translate her fine track form to the roads again next month.

“The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is really important to me,” said Pavey, whose half-marathon lifetime best stands at 68:53. 

“It’s a long time since I’ve had the opportunity to run in a big road-race and the Great Scottish Run will be a fantastic half-marathon for me to be involved with – especially after the experience I had at the Commonwealth Games.

“It means a lot to me to be coming back to Glasgow and I think it will be quite emotional, especially as the course goes past many of the venues that were used at the Games.  

“I’ll never forget the deafening noise that night I ran at Hampden Park. The crowd was awesome and the atmosphere was absolutely brilliant. It felt like a repeat of the 2012 Olympics and it was so special the way the crowd was so close to the track.

“It was a special atmosphere and a special race for me. I had a race plan to run as though I was aiming to get a medal, but I didn’t necessarily think it would result in me getting one, as the three Kenyan girls were so strong.

“I was just so absolutely thrilled to beat one of them and get a medal, I couldn’t believe it!”

Pavey, who won a bronze medal in the 5000m in Glasgow behind Mercy Cherono and Janet Kisa, followed that up with gold at the European Championships in Zurich over 10,000m.

The latter performance won her selection for the Continental Cup in Marrakech later this month but Pavey, who is representing Europe in the 5000m, also harbours aspirations at the longer distances.

“I haven’t entered a marathon at this stage but it’s definitely something on my mind,” said Pavey, who ran 2:28:24 on her debut in London three years.

“I would love to improve my PB at the marathon but I’m not going around saying I can. Actually doing it is a different matter. You have to get so many things right on a particular day.

"It’s definitely something I’m thinking about for the future but for the moment I’m just excited about doing a big half-marathon again – and about returning to Glasgow.”

With help from organisers for worldrunning.com

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