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Hannah England and other top Olympic athletes head for Solihull Grand Prix

TOP names in athletics anxious to tune up for London 2012 are heading to Solihull this Saturday to compete in the BMC Grand Prix at the Norman Green Sports Centre.

TOP names in athletics anxious to tune up for London 2012 are heading to Solihull this Saturday to compete in the BMC Grand Prix at the Norman Green Sports Centre.

Stars like world championship silver medallist Hannah England will be lining up in the 1500m along with American Olympic medal hopeful Geena Gall, who will be competing in the 800m in London, and steeplechaser Brigit Franek who’ will also be tackling the 1500m.

“The women’s 1500m is likely to be one of the best fields we’ve ever had,” said Kevin Fahey of the British Milers Club (BMC).

“There are going to be a lot of top class athletes there looking to sharpen up in competition for the Games,” he added.

“Hannah England is in Team GB and coming back from an Achilles tendon injury while Barbara Parker who is also in the Olympics will be running the 5000m.

“In addition Jemma Simpson, who was controversially left out of the 800m will be running the 1500m.”

The quality of the line-up means that Solihull sports fans, those who missed out on Olympics tickets or anyone looking to get into the London 2012 spirit a little early are in for a treat.

Other big names to look out for include Canadian Hilary Stellingwerth in the 800m and Australians Kaila McNight and Craig Mottram, the 1500m runner who will be competing in his fourth consecutive Olympics.

“Over 500 athletes have entered and the first race is scheduled for 5.30pm and then its non-stop action for the next five hours and there will be about 25 races - all for a few quid,” said Fahey.

The BMC was set up in the 1950s to raise the standard of British middle distance running and has seen the likes of Seb Coe, Steve Ovett and Mo Farrah blaze a trail.

The Solihull Grand Prix is the third meeting of five and is the only one in the Midlands.

 

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