Sunday Preview: Loaded 5th Avenue Miles and Great North Runs Are Worth Watching Before The NFL Season Gets Underway

by Robert Johnson
September 9, 2022

The 2022 Wanda Diamond League season came to an end on Thursday as the Weltklasse Zurich meeting was held. That’s historically the end of the track and field season until the next year. But if you think that means you should now shift your attention to American football for your entertainment this weekend with all English Premiere League games being cancelled, you’d be mistaken as there are two great road races – the Great North Run and 5th Avenue Mile – for you to watch on Sunday and the good news is you can watch them for free depending on where you live.

(Editor’s note: There also is a World Athletics gold meet in Zagreb on Sat & Sunday with stars like Joe Kovacs, Ryan Crouser, Woody Kincaid, Val Allman, Josette Norris, and Grant Holloway. Soufiane El Bakkali is going for the 2k steeple WR).

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Great North Run (Elite Women 5:22 am ET, 10:22 am BST, BBC1 )

First up is the Great North Run – a point-to-point half marathon in the UK that always attracts some big names.

This year’s field does not disappoint. The men’s race was billed as the greatest in men’s history in July which is saying a lot as this race famously featured Haile Gebrselassie, Mo Farah and Kenenisa Bekele in 2013.

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This year’s race initially was supposed to include all three of the 2020 Olympic 10,000 medallists in Olympic champ Selemon Barega, who is making his half marathon debut, 5 and 10,000 world record holder and 2021 10,000 world champ Joshua Cheptegei and half marathon world record holder Jacob Kiplimo. Cheptegei, however, has been ruled out with an injury but he’s been replaced by the greatest distance runner the planet has ever known – Kenenisa Bekele. Throw in last year’s champ Marc Scott and some others and it’s worth watching to say the least.

Who wins the 2022 Great North Run?

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Last year’s top 3

For the women, Kenya’s Hellen Obiri, who got silver in the 10,000 in Eugene, is back to defend her title from last year but the favorite has to be Peres Jepchirhir of Kenya, who has won the Olympic marathon, the New York Marathon and the Boston Marathon in the last year plus. Their matchup here could be a preview of what we get at the full 26.2 distance in New York. Ethiopia is led by former 10,000 world record holder Almaz Ayana, who has returned to some semblance of form this year (14:32) after only racing sporadically since 2019, as well 2:19 marathoner Hiwot Gebrekidan.  Charlotte Purdue and Jess Piasecki will lead the British charge.

Last year’s top 3

Barring changes due to the Queen’s death, the meet is to be broadcast for free on  BBC1 or the BBCiplayer. Those of you in need of a VPN, we at LetsRun recommend NordVPN –

Elite Wheelchair start: 10:15am BST

Elite Women start: 10:20am BST

Visually impaired start: 10:22am BST

Elite Men start: 10:45am BST (5:45 am ET)

Main Race start: 10:45am BST (5:45 am ET)

New Balance 5th Avenue Mile

About 5.5 hours after the Great North Run finishes up, the big road action will be in New York and much shorter in distance as the 5th Avenue Mile will take place. The women’s race is 12:30 pm ET (5:30 PMT BST, 6:30 PM CEST) with the elite men running 15 minutes later.

In the past, one criticism we’ve had of the 5th Avenue mile is it’s been almost exclusively made up of American athletes but there is a big international presence this year. Two Europeans might win the women’s and men’s races as Diamond League runner up Ciara Mageean is in the women’s field while world champion Jake Wightman headlines the men’s field.

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The races will be broadcast for free in the US on NBC from 12-1 pm ET.

  • United Kingdom FREE broadcast – Watch Here
  • International (except United Kingdom) RunnerSpace +PLUS broadcast – Watch Here

Elite Fields

Women’s Professional Athlete Field

Name Country 1,500m Personal Best Mile Personal Best
Ellie Baker GBR 4:04.90 N/A
Lizzie Bird GBR 4:14.6h 4:30.67
Emma Coburn USA 4:03.82 4:23.65
Melissa Courtney-Bryant GBR 4:01.81 4:23.15
Susan Ejore KEN 4:03.98 4:32.33
Eleanor Fulton USA 4:03.03 4:23.65
Nikki Hiltz USA 4:01.52 4:21.89
Sage Hurta USA 4:01.79 4:25.45i
Sinclaire Johnson USA 3:58.85 4:33.80
Heather MacLean USA 3:58.76 4:25.98i
Ciara Mageean IRL 3:56.63* 4:19.03
Cory McGee USA 4:00.34 4:21.81
Laura Muir GBR 3:54.50* 4:18.03
Hannah Nuttall GBR 4:09.66 4:33.42
Marta Pen-Freitas POR 4:03.79 4:22.45*
Aisha Praught-Leer JAM 4:05.52 4:26.14
Jemma Reekie GBR 4:00.52i 4:17.88i*
Helen Schlachtenhaufen USA 4:01.09 4:27.09
Nozomi Tanaka JPN 3:59.19* N/A
Adelle Tracey JAM 4:02.36 N/A
Allie Wilson USA 4:04.02 4:26.04

* indicates national record


Men’s Professional Athlete Field

Name Country 1,500m Personal Best Mile Personal Best
Eric Avila USA 3:35.60 3:55.43
Geordie Beamish NZL 3:36.53 3:54.86
Vincent Ciattei USA 3:34.57 3:54.07
Andrew Coscoran IRL 3:35.43 3:53.64
Jye Edwards AUS 3:33.23 3:49.27
Craig Engels USA 3:33.64 3:51.60
Johnny Gregorek USA 3:34.49 3:49.98
Luis Grijalva GUA 3:35.32* 4:02.64
Jake Heyward GBR 3:31.08 3:51.99
Eric Holt USA 3:35.80 3:54.09
Cole Hocker USA 3:31.40 3:50.97
Josh Kerr GBR 3:29.05 3:48.87i*
Hobbs Kessler USA 3:34.36 3:57.10
Joe Klecker USA 3:37.00 4:01.00Ai
Adel Mechaal ESP 3:30.77 N/A
Sam Parsons GER 3:36.22 3:55.81
Will Paulson CAN 3:33.97 3:52.42
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot CAN 3:34.23 3:52.97
Sam Prakel USA 3:34.92 3:50.94i
Paul Ryan USA 3:35.82 3:52.41
Matt Stonier GBR 3:32.50 3:54.89
Josh Thompson USA 3:34.77i 3:58.32
Jake Wightman GBR 3:29.23 3:50.30

* indicates national record
A indicates mark set at altitude


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