Excitement is building for the Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run tomorrow (19 April) as thousands of competitors prepare to take on the 10-mile event. Scottish Commonwealth Games athletes, Andrew Lemoncello, Susan Partridge and Callum and Derek Hawkins will be joined by European Under 23 cross-country champion Rhona Auckland in a strong homegrown field.
Great Expectations For Edinburgh Run
For Lemoncello, it will be a first test back on Caledonian soil since the Commonwealth 10,000m final on 1 August last year. The 32-year-old, who was born in Tokyo, raised in St Andrews and now lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, had a three month break from training after a groin injury and returned to competition only last Sunday, finishing fifth in the BM 10k race in Brighton in 29 minutes 45 seconds.
“The extra distance and the hilly course should suit me well,” said Lemoncello, who won the Great Edinburgh Run in 2013 when it was in its final year as a 10km race. “I run on hills all the time in Flagstaff and I know Edinburgh really well. I know where all of the inclines on the course are.
“I love racing in Scotland and I’m really looking forward to running in one of my favourite cities. Training has been going really well but it will give me an idea of where I’m at fitness-wise.”
Auckland will be stepping into unknown territory when she lines up for the individual women’s race on Sunday. As a final year student of medical sciences at the University of Edinburgh, the 21-year-old is not unfamiliar with the course, which starts and finishes in Holyrood Park, but has never raced farther than 10km (6.2 miles) before.
“It’s part of my preparation for the summer,” said Auckland, a member of the Banchory Stonehaven Athletics Club. “I’m hoping to focus on 5,000m and 10,000m on the track but I’m also working towards running a half marathon on the road. That’s something I’d like to do at some stage, so ten miles will be a good stepping stone towards that.”