International athletics races return to Hampstead Heath

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The Highgate Harriers’ Night of the 10,000m PBs will return to the City of London Corporation’s Parliament Hill athletics track on May 14.

Elite runners from across the world will compete alongside Great Britain’s best at one of London’s most loved open spaces, creating a spectacular multi-race night on Hampstead Heath.

The event will incorporate the British Championships, the trials for the world championships in the USA, and Team GB trials for the European 10,000m Cup in France.

It will also serve as a performance platform for athletes looking for Commonwealth Games and European Championships selection.

Previous British Champion and multiple Olympian Steph Twell and fellow Olympian Eilish McColgan are due to return, and alongside leading men’s entrants, they will be hoping to qualify for the 2022 World Championships.

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The event is not-for-profit and free for the public to watch. This is made possible by volunteers from Highgate Harriers in partnership with the City of London Corporation.

Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Hampstead Heath, Highgate Wood and Queen’s Park Committee, Anne Fairweather, said: “The atmosphere at this event is going to be electric, with huge support from the crowds for our athletes.

“I hope the local community come along to enjoy what has become one of the biggest events in the annual calendar for the Heath.

“Supporting sport on the Heath has never been more important as we come out of the pandemic.

“This will be a fantastic day for runners, spectators and aspiring athletes– and we couldn’t be more pleased to be the hosts.”

Spectators are encouraged to come along and enjoy the inspiring event which will feature high quality races against a backdrop of music and entertainment.

The Night of 10,000m PB’s Event Director, Ben Pochee, said: “We are looking forward to another 25-lap party and this year promises to be better than ever.

“Post pandemic we can’t wait to welcome back the nation’s best runners, the grassroots athletic network and our local community to celebrate a truly social and accessible sport.

“Working alongside our partners the City of London Corporation we offer 100 percent free spectator engagement and a unique opportunity to inspire the next generation of athletes.”

For more information about the event, visit nightofthe10kpbs.com

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