Scottish marathoners join forces with Steve Jones

Susan Partridge and Freya Ross team up under former marathon world record-holder coach ahead of NYC Half, London Marathon and Glasgow 2014

Partridge and Ross

Despite being Scotland’s top marathon runners, Susan Partridge and Freya Ross have never previously dedicated that much time to training together. However, that is set to change as the pair have recently teamed up under the same coach, Steve Jones, ahead of next month’s Virgin London Marathon and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Ross has been coached for some time by the 1984 London Marathon winner, former world record-holder and current UK record-holder for 26.2 miles and now Partridge has moved from her coach of the past 15 years, John Montgomery, to join Jones’ stable of athletes.

Partridge, who has a marathon PB of  2:34:13, will be hoping the move can help her with some ‘unfinished business’.

“I’m convinced I’m a 2:30 runner,” the 33-year-old told AW, “and I have unfinished business in London and over the marathon distance.

“To make the step up to the next level I felt I had to change something.”

There’s also unfinished business for Partridge in New York City, as the distance runner was due to race the marathon in the Big Apple in November, but like many runners was disappointed when it was cancelled in the aftermath of super-storm Sandy. She’ll return to New York with her new training partner later this month as the pair test their fitness over the half-marathon distance of the NYC Half on March 17.

Ross, who has a marathon best of 2:28:10 set on her debut in London last year, has been in America since late January for a nine-week spell of altitude training in Colorado. This week Partridge joined her to train under Jones’ experienced eyes with sights set on the London Marathon on April 21 before the pairs’ ultimate aim of winning a medal at the Commonwealth Games on home soil next year.

“When I did the NYC Half last year it was great and the organisers couldn’t do enough,” says 29-year-old Ross. “I’d like to run a half-marathon PB and when it comes to London it’d be nice to at least bag the Commonwealth qualifying time.”

» Read a double page spread on Partridge and Ross joining forces in the latest issue of AW, out March 7, which is available here

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