Even though she received confirmation of her Olympic selection whilst doing her weekly shop and has taken time off work to travel to London, Scottish runner Freya Murray has revealed she is hitting full fitness and ready to compete in Sunday's marathon.
With Paula Radcliffe's fitness in doubt throughout the lead-up to the Olympics, Freya has revealed that the world record holder and UK Athletics have been keeping her informed of the situation and she knew there was a chance she would be competing.
Reflecting on the point when she was informed of the withdrawal, Freya said: "I was about to do the week's shopping in Asda when I got a text from Paula. I appreciated her doing that. Then I got the official go-ahead later."
On Paula's injury and the attention she received leading up to the race, Freya was quick to give sympathy to her fellow runner: "My thoughts go out to Paula, who has been extremely supportive. It has not been very nice for her the past few days, with rumours running rampant, and I really feel bad for her."
Looking ahead to the marathon, the Chester-le-Street runner, who was due to fly to Colorado next week for altitude training, said she cannot wait to compete in front of a home crowd: "I am absolutely delighted to have been selected for Team GB and I will be aiming to do Britain proud in London on Sunday."