Scottish long-distance runner Andrew Lemoncello will make his first appearance since last year’s Commonwealth Games when he takes part in the Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run next month.
Lemoncello, 32, from St Andrews, won the race in 2013 when it was staged over ten kilometres, but will now tackle the new ten-mile course as he bids to make the Great Britian team at 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics.
The Tokyo-born Scot has not competed since he took part in the 10,000 metres in Glasgow last August, where he finished 12th. Injury has kept him out of action, but he plans to use the run in Edinburgh on April 19 as the perfect comeback race.
“Things have been going well in training and I’m looking forward to coming back over for the Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run,” said Lemoncello. “I love Edinburgh. It’s an amazing city. If I was ever to move back to Scotland, that’s probably where I would want to live.
“I had to take three months off after the Commonwealth Games and things have been coming along really well since I started back in the new year. The plan is to try to give myself two opportunities to qualify for the Olympic marathon – hopefully one in September/October time this year and then maybe London next April.”
Lemoncello is waiting to hear from British Athletics about the qualifying time he will require to make the team for Rio. His best marathon time is 2 hours 13 minutes 40 seconds, which he clocked when finishing an excellent eighth on his debut at the 26.2 mile distance in London in 2010.