Glasgow 2014 hopefuls to benefit from support from Scottish Athletics
Freya Ross, who posted a Glasgow 2014 qualifying time at the Yokohama Women’s Marathon on Sunday, has received another boost ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games with the confirmation that she, along with Steph Twell and Lee McConnell, will benefit from support from Scottish Athletics in the run-up to the Games.
All three athletes missed out on central funding from UK Athletics and UK Sport. But Ross, who clocked 2:35:19 in Japan to go inside the 2 hours 40 minutes asked of Scottish women for Glasgow, plus Delhi medallist Twell and new mum Lee McConnell, will be supported with medical help and training and competition opportunities by Scottish Athletics and Sport Scotland.
Susan Partridge, who finished 10th at the World Championships in Moscow this summer, is currently the highest-ranked over the marathon distance, with Hayley Haining and Joasia Zakrzewski also possessing the standard. In total, seven Scottish women feature in the top 13 in Britain for the distance in 2013.
“Support from the Sport Scotland Institute of Sport, Scottish Athletics and Sport Scotland has been very good and there are services available to me,” explained Ross.
“Funding obviously helps but the physio and medical support, things like that, have been great. And Scottish Athletics funded me for altitude training in America. All of them have really helped get me to where I am now.”
Stephen Maguire, Scottish Athletics’ head of coaching, added: “We will seek to pick up the slack on people like Freya and Lee – just as we did before with Steph Twell.
“We have a responsibility for our better athletes regardless of whether they are on or off a UK Athletics funded programme.
“Scottish Athletics have to make sure these athletes and their coaches know their plans for the year ahead and where we can help, we will help.”