runbritain Grand Prix: two down, three to go

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In a bid to maintain the quality of the British fields at the remaining three events of the 2012 runbritain Grand Prix, athletes ranked in the top 250 British runners based on the current 2012 runbritain Grand Prix standings (after two events) should have now received their personal invitation to enter those remaining races (men and women), beyond the usual public closing date.

Entries for the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k on Sunday 23 September have now closed but you can still enter the final two events in the series:

*Bristol Half Marathon (Sunday 30 September at 9.30am): you can enter up until Monday 24 September at www.runbristol.com/HalfMarathon/35/How-to-enter.aspx

*Perkins Great Eastern Run (Half Marathon, inc UK Championships): Sunday 14 October at 10.30am: you can enter up until Monday 8 October at www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk/index.php/enter/enter-on-line

The last of the spring races, the Bupa London 10,000 in May, produced one of the best in-depth domestic results in the past two decades, with Mo Farah winning the men's race. In spite of his victory and time-related bonus points, however, he’s only fifth in the overall Grand Prix standings with 450 points from one race, while Jon Pepper - who has gained solid points in the opening two events - is the current men's leader on 482 points.

The lead is shared in the women’s runbritain Grand Prix, with Juliet Doyle and Emily Wicks tied at the top with 492 points after solid performances in the opening two events. In fact, every athlete in the women’s top ten has raced both events in the Grand Prix to date and only 112 points split the group.

Remarkably, only 103 points split the men’s top ten, but the notable difference is that the pair in fifth and sixth (Mo Farah and Scott Overall), have only raced once but secured big points when they did.

Additional notes for elite athletes

Perkins Great Eastern Run Half Marathon (including UK Championships)

If you are capable of running sub-66 minutes (male) or sub-76 minutes (female) for the half marathon distance you are eligible for an incentive package for this event (subject to availability).

Packages include reasonable travel expenses from within the UK, one night’s accommodation (limited availability, shared room), VIP invitation only pasta party meal, complimentary entry and elite athlete hospitality and bag storage at race start.

Terms and conditions apply.

Complimentary places are also being offered to athletes who do no meet the above criteria bit have completed a recognised half marathon since January 2010 within the following times: sub-70 (men) and sub-80 (women).

A significant prize fund is available and for the first time ever, the Perkins Great Eastern Run is offering £4000 worth of prize money for UK athletes only in addition to time-bonus cash prizes.

Register your interest THIS WEEK to Samantha Hale:

Email: sam.hale@btconnect.com

Phone: 01733 891 111

Mobile: 07720 297 556

You can access the full current runbritain Grand Prix standings, including details of bonus points, at www.runbritain.com/grandprix