Fresh from his victory at the Rock 'n' Roll Denver half marathon last Saturday (23 September), Andrew Lemoncello will fly home to compete at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run next month (Sunday 7 October). The Scot, who is based in Flagstaff, Arizona, won his first race of the year in 1hr 6min and 12sec, after a long period absent through injury.
Andrew hadn't competed since last December's Fukuoka marathon in Japan and was pleased with his performance: "It was a great comeback race for me. To be honest, I would have been happy just to finish and be pain free. So getting the win on a great day like this is just a big bonus for me."
He also spoke of another Scottish event that had caught his eye - the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games: "I want to take advantage of those championships. I want very much to be running 25 laps at a home stadium and to win gold. Nothing could beat that."
For now, though, the 29-year-old must concentrate on next month's race which, along with the 10k, 5k, Junior and Mini races, has attracted an entry of 7,000 runners.
Joining Lemoncello at the Great Edinburgh Run will be London Olympian Stuart Stokes. Peter Riley, elite athletes manager at the Bupa Great Run, said: "It promises to be a close encounter and I'm sure Lemoncello will be very eager to produce something special in front of his home fans. Certainly he will have more speed in his legs than 12 months ago, when he was totally focused on the Fukuoka marathon. Stokes is also in good form at the moment so it will be a competitive race."
Freya Murray will also be returning home to compete in the women's race where she finished as first European athlete and seventh overall two years ago. Murray was the fastest Briton in the Women's Olympic marathon in London after replacing the injured Paula Radcliffe at short notice, and more recently came ninth at the Bupa Great North Run where she set a half marathon personal best.
The day also includes the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run 5K and the Bupa Junior and Mini Great Edinburgh Runs. Entries for the events are still open at the Great Edinburgh Run website.