Newlywed Freya Murray Ross is hoping to become the first homegrown athlete to win the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run since its return in 2005. The Edinburgh-native now lives in Newcastle but will return home to take part in the 10k race on Sunday (7 October).
Freya will be joined on Sunday by fellow Scot, Andrew Lemoncello, who is flying in from his Arizona base for the race. A number of famous faces will also be running in the event including former Taggart actor and Coronation Street star, John Michie, Emmerdale actor Chris Chittell, Michelin Star chef Tom Kitchin, and Hibernian footballer, Alan Maybury.
29-year-old Freya was excited about returning home, saying: "I'm really looking forward to it. I always like running in Edinburgh. It's my hometown, though I now live in Newcastle. I used to run around Holyrood Park, so it's so nice to get back to my old training ground."
After being called up as a late replacement for Paula Radcliffe at the Olympics, Freya had to re-arrange her wedding plans. And now she's had to postpone her honeymoon until after Sunday's race. She and husband Michael will jet off to San Francisco on Monday morning. Michael didn't seem overly concerned about having to delay the trip. He said:"Freya and I actually met at the Heriot-Watt University athletics club, so I know how important running is to her and I enjoy going to the events. I certainly wasn't bothered that we had to plan around certain things. When it comes to events like the Olympics you can make an exception."
Conversely, scheduling seems to have favoured Hibs footballer Maybury who will be running the race just as the Scottish Premier League takes a two-week break: "When I saw there was a 10k run in Edinburgh, I naively said 'I'll do that' and put my name down. I'm going on the theory I am fit enough, although I haven't done any special training for it. I've done a few such runs in my time but the days in football of you being run until you are sick and then declared fit are long gone.
"Science plays a big part in it now. Players look after themselves better than before. There's heart monitors and the like, individual programmes and it's not about how far you run but how hard and possibly the furthest we run now is about 1500 metres."
Around 8000 people are expected to take part in the 10k and 5k races on Sunday. The course takes in landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, The Scott Monument, and Holyrood Palace. You can view a Google map of the 10k race here. For more information visit the event website.