Freya Ross to begin 2014 in Northern Ireland

Freya Ross, in the  Bupa Cross Country run Edinburgh in Holyrood Park earlier this year. Picture: Greg Macvean

Freya Ross, in the Bupa Cross Country run Edinburgh in Holyrood Park earlier this year. Picture: Greg Macvean

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Capital marathon star Freya Ross (Edinburgh AC) will head for Northern Ireland in the New Year to run in the annual Antrim Cross Country International on Saturday, January 4 before returning to one of her favourite events, the Great Edinburgh Cross in Holyrood Park on Saturday, January 11.

Runner-up to Morag MacLarty (Central) in the Scottish East District Championships in Dundee ten days ago, Ross is delighted with her recovery from a gruelling marathon in Yokohama, Japan last month, when she claimed a Commonwealth Games qualifying time of 2:35:19 which should be enough to clinch her selection for Glasgow 2014. Joining her in Antrim will be five EAC clubmates who were named yesterday in the Scottish team, Rachael Dunn (under-23), 
Hilary Lewin and Zoe Bates (both u-17), Josh Kerr (u-20) and Alex Carcas (u-20).

Meanwhile, Rachael’s sister Laura, was fastest woman in the annual Queen’s Drive Road race round Arthur’s Seat, covering the course in 19:04., well clear of Ferranti pair Claire Gilchrist (23:16) and Julie Drewer (24:27).

Icelandic Olympic marathon runner Kari Karisson was easily first man in a race held in wet and blustery conditions. Karisson, who competed in London 2012 and has a best of 2:18.0, finished in 16:27 and was 1:38 clear of nearest rival James McLay (EAC) with Michael Cameron (EAC) third