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Open five attracts a stellar line-up

PUBLISHED: 15:21 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 05 October 2010

VICTORIA Park and Tower Hamlets Athletics Club host their annual Open Five around Victoria Park on Saturday, one of the biggest dates in the club s calendar. A bumper field is expected with the organisers anticipating up to 500 people to enter the main se

VICTORIA Park and Tower Hamlets Athletics Club host their annual Open Five around Victoria Park on Saturday, one of the biggest dates in the club's calendar.

A bumper field is expected with the organisers anticipating up to 500 people to enter the main senior races, which have a £200 cash prize for the winners of the male and female races.

If a new course record is set around the five miles of Victoria Park and surrounding district, the new record-holder will pocket £500.

The calibre of the race and the prize money is likely to attract a top class field of international runners.

In the past notable athletes such as three-time London Marathon winner Eamonn Martin has run, as has fellow Essex international Rob Denmark.

Athletes from even further afield could also compete since the race has been advertised in the athletics trade press, while the organisers are hopeful that Kenyan, Ethiopian and Somali runners based in London might also partipate in the event.

Entry is £9 for UKA affiliated club members and £11 for unattached runners. Entries will be accepted on the day.

In addition to the main race, there is a one-mile race for Under-11 youngsters and a 2.6-mile event for those aged 12 to 17. Entry to both races is free.

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