Scots athletics stars Laura Muir and Lynsey Sharp will join forces on 9 January to lead the home challenge in an International Team Relay at the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country meeting at Holyrood Park. Muir, who graduated to world class status in the 2015 track season, will team up with Sharp, the Commonwealth and European 800m silver medallist, in a Scotland quartet that will also feature two male compatriots in the 4 x 1km relay event.
Sharp And Muir Join Forces
For Muir, it will be a second taste of relay action in front of the BBC television cameras in Edinburgh. The 22-year-old University of Glasgow veterinary student helped Scotland to third place in a mixed 2 x 1km race at the 2015 event. “It was good fun,” she said. “I always love running in front of a home crowd – even more so in a Scotland vest.”
Edinburgh AC member Sharp will get that chance at the start of year in which she will be hoping to build on the form that took her to a Scottish record 800m time of 1:57.71 seconds in Berlin in September. Only two British women have run faster over two laps: Kelly Holmes and Kirsty Wade.
The Pure Gym Great Winter Run, held on a scenic 5k course that loops around Arthur's Seat, provides the public with a perfect opportunity to dust off the New Year cobwebs before watching the world's best test themselves in the international cross country races.
Entry to the Pure Gym Great Winter Run is available online at the event website.