Capital distance star Freya Ross (Edinburgh AC) will bid to clinch her place in the Scottish team for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow when she runs the Yokohoma Marathon in Japan on Sunday.
Ross, whose 2013 plans were wrecked by injury, has been in Japan for over a week since arriving from her high altitude training camp in Boulder, Colorado, and she insists that her first priority is the Glasgow 2014 qualifying time of 2:40:00.
But as three other athletes with Scottish qualifications have already achieved this target, Susan Partridge (Leeds), the leader with 2:30:46, who has already been pre-selected, Hayley Haining (Kilbarchan), 2:36:40, and Joasia Zaknzewski (Dumfries), 2:39:22, Ross, the first Briton to finish in the London 2012 Olympic Marathon, will want to remove any element of doubt as only three can be picked.
“My main target is the Commonwealth qualifier but I would also like to get near my personal best,” she said. “The weather here is good and the forecast for Sunday is not too windy with the temperature in the mid teens, so also good.” Ross’s PB is 2:28:10, set in the 2012 Virgin London Marathon. Liz McColgan (2:26:52) is the only Scot to have run faster.