Great North Run 2023: Full elite womens field announced by race organisers

Some of the world’s best athletes will be in the North East this weekend.

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Great North Run organisers Great Run have released the full list of elite female athletes who will begin the half marathon in Newcastle at the front of the starting masses.

It was already announced that the race from Newcastle to the coastline at South Shields would be Sir Mo Farah’s final race as a professional athlete and the fan favourite will be joined by a series of top athletes.

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Olympic Marathon Champion Peres Jepchirchir will be looking for the win as she lines up on the iconic start line of the Great North Run on Sunday. The Kenyan star, who took second place behind Helen Obiri at last year’s North East event, is also a two-time World Champion over the half marathon distance and a previous winner of the New York and Boston Marathons.

Talking to Great Run, Jepchirchir said, “I’m excited to be returning to Newcastle to take part in the Great North Run. I always enjoy the event and the crowd really cheers you along.

“I’m feeling strong and I’m confident of a great performance on Sunday, even though the competition will be tough.“

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Strong competition will come in the form of her compatriot Sharon Lokedi who was last year’s New York Marathon Champion and came 4th in her previous Great North Run outing.

British interest will come in the form of Windsor’s Charlotte Purdue and Amy-Eloise Markovc from Stockport, both of who have represented their nation at international compeitions including the World Athletics Championships and European Championships.

The full elite field is as follows:

  • Peres Jepchirchir (KEN)
  • Sharon Lokedi (KEN)
  • Charlotte Purdue (GBR)
  • Clara Evans (GBR)
  • Wakana Itsuki (JPN)
  • Amy-Elouise Markovc (GBR)
  • Jessa Hanson (USA)
  • Ayaka Kato (JPN)
  • Becky Briggs (GBR)
  • Isabelle Pickett (GBR)
  • Georgina Weston (GBR)
  • Sonia Samuels (GBR)
  • Eleanor Baker (GBR)
  • Julia Bektić (GBR)
  • Charlie Arnell (GBR)
  • Katie Olding (GBR)
  • Sarah Holt (GBR)
  • Caroline Lambert (GBR)
  • Ruby Wolfe (GBR)
  • Katherine Camp (NZL)
  • Faye Birkby (GBR)
  • Elizabeth Renondeau (GBR)
  • Jasmine Wood (GBR)
  • Jennifer Walsh (GBR)
  • Rosa Donaldson (GBR)
  • Rachel Gifford (GBR)
  • Yvonne McNairn (GBR)
  • Rachel Hillman (GBR)
  • Scarlett Dale (GBR)
  • Nynke Mulholland-Stümmer (GBR)
  • Naomi Lenane (GBR)
  • Nicole Burlinson (GBR)
  • Sophie Hilpala (AUS)
  • Rachel Gifford (GBR)
  • Jaqueline Penn (GBR)
  • Eliza Hawthorn (GBR)
  • Eleesha Charnley (GBR)
  • Jen Granger (GBR)
  • Lisa Rooney (GBR)
  • Vicky Wright (GBR)
  • Rachelle Falloon (GBR)
  • Sarah Forbes-Smith (GBR)
  • Nicole Frith (GBR)