Anuradha Cooray will start as the hot favourite at Sunday’s Bearbrook 10K road race, which is expected to attract a capacity entry of 550 runners.
The 6.2-mile event, which starts and finishes at Aylesbury Rugby Club in Weston Turville, is regarded one of the region’s best road races and attracts competitors from across the UK.
Sri Lankan double Olympian Cooray surrendered his Bearbrook 10K title last year as he was competing in the London 2012 marathon on the same day.
But he is expected to set the pace this year after being invited to take up a free entry (his reward for winning the 2011 race) by organisers Bearbrook Running Club.
Race director Penny Herbert said: “Cooray looks like he’s in great form after winning the recent Wycombe Half Marathon in only 68 minutes, so we’re expecting him to impress.
“He may even shave some time off his current 30m 42s course record if the conditions are good.”
Bearbrook Running Club expects to have a limited number of late entries available on the day of the race.
The entries desk will be open from 7.30am.
The cost of an unaffiliated entry will be £15, while an affiliated entry will be £13.
Chief marshal Steve Wickham has urged anyone using the roads along the route in Weston Turville, Wendover and Halton to be aware of runners when they make their journey.
“We will have marshals on the course from the moment the race gets underway at 9.30am until the final competitor has reached the finish line.
“But we are still asking motorists and local residents to take a little bit of extra care when they’re out and about – particularly at road junctions.”
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