ONE of Scotland’s greatest ever distance runners, Freya Ross, gives runners taking part in the first ever Scottish Half Marathon her top tips ahead of the event this September.
Freya, who represented Scotland in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, has a 26.2 mile best of 2:28:10 clocked at the London Marathon in 2012, has a wealth of running knowledge which she can share with Scottish Half Marathon runners as they tackle the route for the first ever time this year.
The 13.1 mile half marathon distance is today growing faster in popularity than any other race, with newer runners considering it a friendlier challenge than the marathon. It’s also a great option for experienced runners who have already won marathon glory but are determined to keep a passion for running going.
Ross, 30, said: “I love the half marathon distance. It’s a really challenging event that you have to train for – but at the same time it’s achievable for most people. It allows you to set a goal but it’s within most people’s capabilities to go out and run a half marathon.”
Thousands have already signed up for the inaugural Scottish Half Marathon which will take place on Saturday September 19, 2015, and is a spectacular addition to an unforgettable year of sport for Scotland. The Scottish Half Marathon is also a chance to make a difference to other people’s lives by raising money for charity. Runners are expected to raise thousands for charity at the event which has Cancer Research UK as its Official Charity.
Kathryn Hurrell, Cancer Research UK Senior Sports Executive said “Come and join the Cancer Research UK team in what promises to be a spectacular event! We annually spend over £4 million a year in Edinburgh, funding new ways to prevent, diagnose and cure cancer. Through events like the Scottish Half Marathon we can bring forward the day that all cancers are cured. So please join our team today as every runner that fundraises for us will ensure that we will beat cancer sooner.”
Neil Kilgour, Scottish Half Marathon Race Director, said: “It’s not just the stunning scenery of East Lothian’s Golf coast that’ll take your breath away.
“If you want to train hard and set a personal best for the half marathon distance then this is the race for you. We have developed a route that is predominantly downhill and consequently is seriously rapid given the right training. By starting conveniently at 11am just outside Edinburgh, you can take part and run along the magnificent Golf coast before finishing in front of the grandstand of Scotland’s oldest racecourse. Come and be a part of it and deliver your personal best. This race will deliver perfect running conditions that will reward runners for all their efforts in training and on race day.”