Reed throws Games mark but Ross runs out of legs

Freya-Ross completed just over four miles. Kimberley Reed below
Freya-Ross completed just over four miles. Kimberley Reed below
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The weekend was one of contrasting emotions for two Edinburgh Athletic Club members, Kimberley Reed and Freya Ross.

While Reed was overjoyed to have achieved her first Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games hammer standard at Grangemouth on Saturday, Ross was desperately disappointed at having to drop out of the Great Edinburgh Run after four miles of the ten miles yesterday and may have jeopardised her chances of being added early next month to the Commonwealth Games team in the marathon.

Edinburgh University student Reed threw a personal best of 61.51 metres to finish a close second to Ayr’s Rachael Hunter at the Scottish Universities Championships.

Hunter, who has already thrown the required 61m target twice, made it three when she won with 61.68m, but Reed was only just behind in adding 67 cms to her personal best.

Reed’s club-mate Lisa Ferguson also secured her first Glasgow 2014 standard when she long jumped 6.20m in a meeting in Florida.

Ferguson was third just four cms behind the already chosen Jade Nimmo (Falkirk), who was second with 6.24m.

Ross, meanwhile, faces an anxious wait to assess the damage from this latest setback and, as she was just coming back from another injury, may now have a race against time to prove her fitness before the Games marathon which is the opening event on the athletics programme in July.

Leeds-based Susan Partridge, already chosen for the marathon for Glasgow 2014, was leading Scot yesterday in second place in 56 minutes 25 secs, 19 seconds behind England’s Gemma Steel, with another English runner Alyson Dixon third in 58:22.

Englishman Chris Thompson won the men’s race in 49:36.

Edinburgh University student Rhona Auckland set a women’s course record of 15:55 in finishing second overall in the Conoco Philips 5k road at Balmoral on Saturday to Ali Hay of Central who won in 15:09.

Keith Hood (Corstorphine) was third in the men’s 10k race in 32:50.

Former EAC stalwart Kris Gauson inched closer to a Glasgow 2014 standard when he finished second in a 1500m 3:42.59 at the J Fred Duckett Twilight meeting in USA. That is just 0.39 sec outside the qualifying target.