Arizona-based Scot, Andrew Lemoncello, will attempt to regain the Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run title on Sunday 19 April when he returns to Scotland to lay the foundations for an Olympic marathon bid. The 32-year-old has recovered from the injury that forced him to miss the Berlin Marathon last September and intends to return home for his first race on Scottish soil since the Commonwealth Games last summer.
Lemon Fresh For Great Edinburgh Run
The 32-year-old won the 2013 Great Edinburgh Run when the event was in its final year as a 10k race. The step up in distance to ten miles, which took effect last year, will suit the 2008 Olympic steeplechaser as he looks towards challenging for marathon selection for the GB team at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Lemoncello said: “It’s an exciting time. Things have been going well in training and I’m looking forward to coming back over for the Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run. I love Edinburgh. It’s an amazing city. It’s a great opportunity for me to race in Scotland again and it will give me a good feel for where I am fitness-wise. It’ll really kick off the season for me.”
Lemoncello is waiting to hear from British Athletics about the qualifying time he will require to make the team for Rio. His best marathon time is 2:13:40, which he clocked when finishing an excellent eighth on his debut at the 26.2 mile distance in London in 2010.
Entry for the Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run is still open at the event website. There is also a Relay for teams of two over the ten-mile distance, with details available here.