Reigning Simplyhealth Great South Run champion Gemma Steel admitted: It’s anyone’s race.
Steel believes the the 2018 women’s title is up for grabs as she returns to the streets of Portsmouth and Southsea for the world’s biggest 10-mile race.
The 32-year-old has endured health problems since her victory 12 months ago, and has been diagnosed with liver condition Gilbert’s Syndrome.
But the effervescent former European Cross-Country Championship medallist put those issues behind her as she helped England to a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Half-Marathon Championships earlier this month.
Now Steel will go up against the likes of Jo Pavey, Steph Twell and Eilish McColgan in a bid to retain her crown.
And the recent Great Scottish 10K winner feels the field is wide open this year.
Steel said: ‘There’s people like Jo Pavey and Steph Twell who are respected and have knowledge of the course.
‘It’s Eilish’s debut at 10 miles, Jo has proved she can pull out a good performance on the day and you can’t write her off.
‘Steph is in good form and a great competitor.
‘So it’s anyone’s race - and that’s exciting.’