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Paula Radcliffe
Previous World Half marathon winner Paula Radcliffe running in the Olympic marathon in 2008


20 April 2009

UKA have set the qualification guidelines for the Aviva Great Britain & Northern Ireland Team to be selected for the World Half Marathon Championships, which take place in Birmingham on Sunday 11 October. The event will be the final major athletics championships to take place on home soil before the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The championships have twice been held in the UK before and both witnessed home victories. At the inaugural championships in Newcastle in 1992, Liz McColgan won the women’s race as Kenyan Benson Masya took the men’s race. On that occasion, there was also team success for GB & NI to celebrate as the men’s and women’s teams both took silver.

In Bristol in 2001, Paula Radcliffe thrilled the home crowds with a fine victory in the women’s race as Ethiopian great Haile Gebrselassie won the men’s title. Radcliffe has also claimed this particular title on two other occasions, in 2000 and 2003.

For this year’s event, the qualification guidelines for men is 65:30 and for women 74:00. As announced in December, the official trial will be at the Bristol Half Marathon on Sunday 6 September, the first two eligible UK senior men and women will be automatically selected provided they have achieved the guideline standard.

UKA intends to select full teams for the World Half Marathon Championships, where five athletes can start with three to count to the team total. All performances will be considered in the qualifying period 1 October 2008 until 6 September 2009. Any pre-selections will be announced at the end of the Spring road race season on Tuesday 2 June.

Follow this link to view the full UKA selection policy