Jordanian athlete Mohammed Abu-Rezeq is aiming for a fifth successive victory in Dewsbury’s 10k this Sunday.
Ethiopian and Paralympian Wondiye Fikre – who finished runner-up last year – is likely to be one of Abu-Rezeq’s chief rivals.
Michael Jojeux from Quakers Athletic Club, Canadian runner Adam Stacey and Matthew Lockyer are also expected to mount a challenge for first place.
In the women’s race, 2016 winner Charlene Thomas is expected to win back her title.
Tracey Millmore, Joanne Goodier and Treena Johnson, all from Dewsbury Road Runners, are the most likely challengers.
Several road closures will be in place on Sunday with 1500 runners entered into the race.
“We have reached our entry limit of 1500 and have had to turn many runners away,” said race director Bernard Disken.
The race starts on Dewsbury Ring Road at 9am, going along Bradford Road through Batley to Birstall Smithies and then returns along the same route.
The first runners are expected to finish at around 9.30am and the final entrants due to finish at approximately 10.20am.
Motorists are strongly advised to avoid routes that cross or use Bradford Road and alternatively go on routes via Dewsbury and Birstall.
Severe disruption is expected at the Centenary Way/ Carlinghow Hill junction in Batley.
There will be several road closures in place from 7am to 12noon.
Dewsbury Ring Road northbound carriageway from Webster Hill to Halifax Road, Dewsbury Ring Road eastbound from Bradford Road to Leeds Road, Cliffe Street slip road from Dewsbury Ring Road to Crackenedge Lane, Greaves Road and Wood Street will all be shut for five hours.
There will also be a rolling road closure of Bradford Road between Dewsbury Ring Road and Birstall Smithies from 8.50am to 10.20am.
There will be delays all along Bradford Road, particularly at the Town Street/Jack Lane junction, the Rouse Mill Lane junction, the Hick Lane junction, the Stocks Lane/Batley Field Hill junction and the Carlinghow Lane/Centenary Way junction.