Freya MURRAY shows no sign of cutting back on her hectic schedule despite her disappointing outing in the 5000 metres at the BMC Grand Prix race at Manchester’s Sports City last Saturday night and is down to run in the London 10k road race in the Mall tomorrow, despite the fact that she has also been named to compete in the European Cup 10,000 metres track championship in Bilbao a week on Sunday.
Her main opposition tomorrow for the £2000 first prize for what is the official UK National road race championship will be Mara Yamouchi, who has already been chosen by Team GB for the marathon in the London Olympics and will be anxious to open her season on a high note and get close to her best of 31:43.
Even if that proves a bit hot for Murray, the runners-up prize of £1000 would be ample compensation.
Meanwhile, Mo Farah makes his first appearance of the season in Britain and will be firm favourite to take the men’s £2000 prize after clocking a 3:34.66 1500 and 13:14.0 5k double at Eagle Rock, Californiam last weekend.
At the same meeting, Capital milers Kris Gauson and Chris O’Hare posted two more fast 1500 times, Gauson edging out his EAC clubmate in eighth place in a personal best of 3:39.08, with O’Hare disappointed with his 3:39.22 in 10th place.
“If I’d committed a bit more on the third lap I might have shaved a bit more off my best but I’m happy with the way my training is going and I’m confident I can produce my best at the UK Trials,” said Gauson.