Freya Ross returns to help EAC to Cross Country title

Freya Ross. ''Picture: Alan Murray
Freya Ross. ''Picture: Alan Murray
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Olympic marathon runner Freya Ross returned to competition after several months through injury to help Edinburgh AC regain the Scottish Women’s Cross Country Relay title at Cumbernauld on Saturday.

“It’s great to be back, especially to be able to help the club to the title,” said Ross who ran the first leg for the trio in 14 minutes 40 seconds to put them seventh, with Rachael Dunn (14:58) putting them in contention on the second stage, which she finished in second place, and Maddie Murray scorching home in 14:06 on the anchor leg.

Murray finished 24 seconds clear of VP Glasgow in second place with holders Central, who were without Morag MacLarty, third.

Even Murray’s fine effort, the second fastest of the day, paled by comparison with British Internationalist Laura Muir’s brilliant opening stage of 13:35 for Glasgow University.

Edinburgh University’s Steph Pennycook was fifth fastest overall with a 14:17 leg.

Central men retained their title in 49:57, 33 seconds clear of Shettleston with Inverclyde third and Edinburgh University sixth.