The British marathon champion will return to the streets of London in May.

Lily Partridge, who ran a personal best 2:29:44 to finish eighth overall and first British woman at the Virgin Money London Marathon in April, is set to get back to racing at the Vitality London 10000 on May 28.

The 27-year-old will not be the only British marathon champion competing, with Mo Farah already confirmed for the last Monday of May bank holiday race.

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Partridge’s, who clocked her 10k PB of 33:27 at the 2016 event, will face Aldershot, Farnham and District club-mate Steph Twell before looking ahead to the Berlin hosted European Championships in August.

“The Vitality London 10000 is great because it does bring together a range of athletes,” said Partridge. “Some people like Steph come into it in track shape and it can be fast and then there are us girls who come into it off the back of a marathon and we have to ease ourselves into it a bit more.

“I’m looking forward to it. It’s a great event and it’s nice to support the London Marathon again because they do a lot for us.”

Twell, who competed in both the 1500m and 5000m at the Commonwealth Games for Scotland boasts a 10k PB of 32:28 which makes her the fastest in the field although the 28 year-old has not raced over the distance on the road since 2015.

Commonwealth Games marathoners Sonia Samuels and Caryl Jones are also among the leading entries and with PBs of 33:18 and 32:28 an exciting contest is expected.

Looking ahead to her second marathon this year in August, Partridge added: “The Vitality London 10000 is a good chance for me to blow the cobwebs away. Normally I start a 12-week build-up to a marathon but I’ve already been through a marathon cycle this year so I will stick to 10km and half marathons before going to Font Romeu to do some longer sessions before Berlin.”

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