The twenty-third Birell Prague Grand Prix (an IAAF Gold Label race) kicks off tomorrow, on Saturday, 8 September at 7:30 pm CET. Names to watch out for among the men include the defender of last year’s title, Benard Kimeli as well as the two fastest men on this year’s 10k rankings Rhonex Kipruto and Mathew Kimeli. When it comes to the women, the second fastest half marathon runner of all time Fancy Chemutai is the favourite, but she will face a challenge from her compatriot Caroline Kipkirui and others. Czech fans will be gearing up to salute Eva Vrabcová-Nývltová after her recent marathon bronze medal from the European Championships in Berlin. 

The competition is going to be thrilling. The men will set off to break the 27 min barrier and the women to break the 30 min barrier, which until now have been achieved only once in history. Additionally amongst women it was Joyciline Jepkosgei who managed to do it last year in Prague setting the new world record of 29:43 for 10 K. The elite runners field also includes top runners from Europe and Japan. Female runners like Swedish runner Sarah van der Wiellen, British representative Emelia Gorecka, and Japanese Yuka Takashima. Amongst the men - Belgium’s Soufiane Bouchikhi and British runner Luke Traynor, who triumphed at the Mattoni České Budějovice Half Marathon in June, will also be taking part.

The Birell Prague Grand Prix includes two races - adidas Women’s 5 km Race will start at 6 pm which is open to women only, and the Birell 10K Race which kicks off from Republic Square at 7.30 pm CST on Saturday 8th September and broadcast live on ČT sport and streamed here: