Capital star Freya Ross almost certainly clinched her place in next year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games when she clocked 2:35:19 in finishing seventh in the Yokohama Marathon in Japan yesterday.
The time was well inside the qualifying standard of 2:40:0 but the 30-year-old Edinburgh AC member was still desperately disappointed. “That was the hardest race I’ve ever done,” confessed Ross who wanted to get near her personal best of 2:28:10 achieved in last year’s London Marathon.
“It was just a bad day and I’m disappointed I didn’t run as fast as I’m capable of,” said Ross, Britain’s first finisher in last year’s London 2012 Olympic marathon, who is also Scotland’s second fastest ever for the event behind Dundee’s Liz McColgan (2:26:52).
The former Miss Murray, who married just over a year ago and is now living in Stenhousemuir, is now second ranked of the four Scots who have achieved the Glasgow 2014 standard. Her sometimes Colorado training partner, Susan Partridge (Leeds), is already selected with 2:30:46, while Hayley Haining is third behind Ross with 2:36:40. Joasia Zaknzewski (Dumfries) is fourth (2:39:22).
Meanwhile, Ross’s capital clubmate, Chris O’Hare (Tulsa University), warmed up for the American NCAA Cross Country Championships by winning the Midwest Regional title over a 10k course in 30:27.
O’Hare, already selected for Glasgow 2014, has also been nominated by British Athletics for the “British Breakthrough Athlete of the Year” award following his fine achievement in reaching the final of the 1500 metres in the World Championships in Moscow.