The UK’s Athletics Weekly highlights Freya Ross (adidas) training in Boulder with Susan Partridge as they both prepare under Coach Steve Jones for the NYC Half-Marathon, the Virgin London Marathon, and ultimately the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Meghan Peyton (Team USA Minnesota/Mizuno) and Freya Ross (adidas) have been selected to represent their respective countries in next month’s Great Edinburgh Cross Country meet in Scotland. Meghan qualified for Team USA off her 4th-place result at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships earlier this month, capping off a strong autumn in which she was also 5th at the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving Day. She’ll have a boost in Scotland as Team USA Minnesota head coach Dennis Barker has been selected as a Team USA coach.
Freya, the Scottish cross-country champion, will run for Team Great Britain and Northern Ireland after a 2012 season that was highlighted by her sterling 2:28:10 marathon debut in London and top UK finish in the London Olympic Marathon. She will have the home field advantage, with the January 5th race taking place in Holyrood Park, one of her old college training grounds and just a short jog from the site of her wedding this September. She commented in an article in today’s Scotsman newspaper, “I am looking forward to the race and I always enjoy running at Holyrood Park – I think of it as my home ground having trained there often when at university. It always feels right to start the New Year with that event and it is great to be picked again.”
Edna Kiplagat (Nike) bounced back from her Olympic disappointment with a massive PB of 67:41 at this morning’s Great North Run half-marathon, finishing second to Tirunesh Dibaba’s 67:35. Edna crushed her former PB by 1:19 while going on-on-one with Olympic 5/10 champion Dibaba over the final few hundred meters.
And Freya Murray (adidas) made it three-for-three for our trio of Olympic marathoners today, running a PB also, with 72:23 for 9th place, very impressive in the midst of her wedding planning!
Rene Kalmer (Nedbank/adidas), Edna Kiplagat (Nike), Freya Murray (adidas)
Freya Murray Added to UK Olympic Team!!! July 30, 2012 – For immediate release Scotland’s Freya Murray was today officially named to the UK Olympic Marathon team, taking the place of the injured world record-holder, Paula Radcliffe. While reports have surfaced on and off the past fortnight about Radcliffe’s condition, she did not make …
In this morning’s Bupa London 10,000 road race, 2009 world championships marathon silver medalist Yoshimi Ozaki (Daiichi Life Insurance/adidas) took 3rd place in 33:18, while Freya Murray (adidas) took 5th in 33:25. Yoshimi will represent Japan in the women’s Olympic marathon on August 5th, and is over in London as part of a delegation of Japanese athletes and coaches checking out the Olympic Marathon course, which covers much of the same ground as this morning’s race. Freya, who had a sterling marathon debut of 2:28:10 at the Virgin London Marathon last month, was invited by race director Dave Bedford last week to come down to London this weekend for the race and take a look at the Olympic course. After her marathon recovery, Freya has been focusing on building speed for the British track championships. She will run the European Cup 10,000m in Bilbao, Spain, next Sunday, June 3rd.