Mo Farah is headlining the first British outfit in action into the Olympic season at the AVIVA International Match on Saturday as he is stepping down for an opening sharpener over the odd 1500m on the track of Kelvin Hall, Glasgow.

He is faced with a stern challenge in the face of Augustine Choge, holding a PB of 3:29.47 outdoors (2009), and it will be interesting to see how he tackles the race and the pace of the Kenyan.

The world 5000m champion will be also lining up in the mile in Boston over further speedwork later on before he launches his attack on the British and European records in the 2-miler in Birmingham next month.

Deagu silver medallist Hannah England, European indoor 3000m champion Helen Clitheroe,  both returning from Kenya just prior to the meeting, Beijing finalist Jeanette Kwakye, European 100m runner-up Mark Lewis-Francis and Daegu finalist Yamile Aldama will be making their season premieres, as will birthday girl Shana Cox and Shara Proctor coming over from across the Pond.

Global bronze medallist Andy Turner, nursing a slight achilles niggle, will be out to move up a couple of gears on a low-key opener of 7.79 secs at Crystal Palace midway last week while high jump new star Robbie Grabarz is going to draw plenty of the spotlight, as well as hopefully new heights, in a battle against former world champion Donald Thomas (BAH) and top Russian Aleksandr Shustov.

Steve Lewis goes in the pole vault up against season’s top marker Dmitriy Starodubtsev (RUS, 5.90m) having got off to a decent opener of 5.50m off 16 strides in Cottbus, Germany, on Wednesday.

One should also keep an eye on Joe Thomas as the Welshman ran a solo Istanbul qualifier of 1:47.82 from the off in Cardiff last weekend and looks set for great improvements into the season, facing top Kenyan Boaz Lalang.

The British team, as follows, are facing line-ups from the USA, Russia, Germany and a Commonwealth Select side captained by evergreen Kim Collins (SKN) in what has been a long-time formal curtain-drawer for the indoor season.

MEN

60m Mark Lewis Francis
200m Danny Talbot
400m Richard Buck
800m Joe Thomas
1500m Mo Farah
60mh Andy Turner
HJ Robbie Grabarz
PV Steve Lewis

WOMEN

60m Jeanette Kwakye
200m Margaret Adeoye
400m Shana Cox
800m Claire Gibson
1500m Hannah England
3000m Helen Clitheroe
60mh Gemma Bennett
LJ Shara Proctor
TJ Yamile Aldama

Brits on the Commonwealth Select Team: Charlene Thomas (1500m), Lawrence Clarke (60mh), Andrew Sutcliffe (PV), Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (400m), Laura Samuel (TJ)

Timetable & Start-lists

http://www.uka.org.uk/aviva-series/aviva-international-match/timetable/

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