Ross, Partridge and Twell in Great Scottish Run head-to-head

Scottish trio to be joined by the likes of Ethiopian long-distance great Haile Gebrselassie in running 13.1 miles in Glasgow on Oct 6

Freya Ross GSR

Top Scottish runners Susan Partridge, Freya Ross and Steph Twell are to go head-to-head over 13.1 miles at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run on October 6.

The trio add to a line up which currently includes Ethiopian long-distance great Haile Gebrselassie, fresh from his third-place finish at the Bupa Great North Run and Bupa Great Edinburgh 10K winner Andrew Lemoncello, together with London Olympian Chris Thompson.

Partridge, Ross and Twell are sure to provide plenty for the home crowd to cheer about as excitement continues to build for the Commonwealth Games to be held in the Scottish city next summer. With 300 days to go until the Games, Partridge and Twell have already been named by Commonwealth Games Scotland among the 23 athletes to have secured their spots on the Glasgow 2014 team, for the marathon and 5000m respectively.

The three athletes are fairly evenly matched over the half-marathon distance, though Partridge holds the quickest time over 13.1 miles. The 33-year-old has a personal best of 70:31 which saw her finish runner up in Bath in March, while Twell clocked her best of 71:56 in Guernsey three years ago prior to injury setbacks and ran 79:07 at that same event back in April. Ross recorded her quickest time of 72:23 at last autumn’s Bupa Great North Run.

Another athlete carrying Scottish hopes will be British 10,000m champion Lemoncello. “Andy’s flying in from his USA base and will be eager to produce the kind of performance which saw him win the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run earlier this year,” commented the event’s elite athletes manager Peter Riley. “We’ve also got Chris Thompson of England, also based in the States, coming over as well.

“I’m hoping to sign up a few overseas stars in the next few days,” he continued, “so I can honestly say we will have a truly world class international race justifying the reputation of the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run.”

Entries have now closed for the half marathon distance but are still available for ‘Super Saturday’ events and the adult 10km at www.greatscottishrun.com. Super Saturday on October 5 includes the Mini Run, Junior Run and Family Run. The adult 10km and half marathon, set to be broadcast live across the UK on BBC 2 for the first time, take place on October 6.

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