Edinburgh marathon runner Freya Ross is out of the Commonwealth Games due to a hip injury
Ross had only been added to the pre-selected athletes early last month when she and Hayley Haining (Kilbarchan) were named to join the already chosen Susan Partridge in the Glasgow 2014 marathon.
The 30-year-old Edinburgh AC and former Lasswade club member, who was first Briton in the 2012 London Olympics, has struggled with a number of injury problems in recent years and only secured her Glasgow 2014 sub 2:40.00 qualifying standard in Japan last November when she clocked 2:35.19, some seven minutes outside her best.
At the start of this year however she was back in Colorado at altitude training with her coach Steve Jones and returned to contest the Great Edinburgh Run, lengthened this year to ten miles. But she withdrew after four miles in some pain and alarm bells started to ring although she bravely continued to train in the hope the problem would clear up.
Yesterday Ross revealed that the injury had been diagnosed as a femoral neck stress injury which will require rest and time to heal.
“I’ve suffered from a hip injury for the past few weeks and while the prognosis is good for a full return to competitive running it is affecting my training.
“It’s a difficult decision but one I’ve taken in close consultation with my coach Steve Jones, Scottish Athletics, the Scottish Institute support staff and Commonwealth Games Scotland.”
“I’d like to thank them and my family and friends for their help over the past weeks.”
One other Scot, Joasia Zakrzewski, from Dumfries has achieved qualifying time of 2:39.15 and it remains to be seen whether she will be called up to replace Ross.
Portobello’s Nicola Duncan has a better time of 2:33.28 but is believed to have opted to compete for Ireland and the European Championship in Zurich in August.