Freya Ross (Edinburgh AC) smashed her own personal best for the half marathon by 30 seconds in finishing second in 71 minutes 51 seconds to fellow Scot, Leeds-based Susan Partridge (70:40), in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run in Glasgow.
Considering that she had said beforehand she was not fully fit after several months sidelined through injury, it was a remarkable effort by the 30-year-old Capital star. “I’ve never done the Glasgow race before but I thought it was a great route and it was probably faster as they didn’t use Pollock Park,” said Ross, who is now ranked second in Scotland in 2013 to Partridge for the distance and fourth in the UK. “I felt good and I’m pleased with my personal best.”
Ross will next month target the relatively modest Glasgow 2014 qualifying standard of 2:40.00 for a full marathon in a race still to be confirmed, but believed to be in the Far East.
Third yesterday was Polline Wangjiku of Kenya (73:01) and Steph Twell, another Scot, was fourth in 73:59. Twell is already pre-selected for the 5000 metres at the Commonwealth Games.
Hayley Haining (Kilbarchan), the other main challenger for a Glasgow 2014 marathon place, opted to run the 10k race yesterday and came home in a fast 34:05, just outsprinted by Beth Potter (Glasgow) in 34:04 with Laura Dunn (EAC) showing a big improvement in third place in 34:51.
Kilbarchan’s Callum Hawkins, already picked for the Commonwealth marathon, set a new best of 29:39 in winning the men’s 10k while Andrew Lemoncello (Fife) who has still to achieve either qualifying standards for the marathon or 10,000m in Glasgow 2014, was sixth in the men’s half yesterday in 64:55. The race was won by legendary Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie in 61:09, the fastest time ever for the distance in Scotland.