Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Murray Lives Up to Her Flying Scot Tag

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Murray Lives Up to Her Flying Scot Tag

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FREYA MURRAY certainly lived up to her Flying Scot tag when she finished runner-up behind Kenya's Grace Momanyi in the Bupa Great South Run in Portsmouth.

To finish second behind the recently-crowned Commonwealth Games 10,000 metres champion was a huge confidence boost for the Chesterle-Street athlete after her own disappointment in Delhi where Momanyi's power put paid to her medal aspirations.

Now based in Newcastle working part-time as a structural engineer, Murray only decided to take her chance against a topclass domestic line-up and a sprinkling of the world's leading road runners just three days before the race.

Never having raced further than 10 kilometres, contesting 10 miles for the first time was daunting enough. However, Murray, after a chat with her coach, British marathon record holder Steve Jones, decided to take her chance.

"I wasn't feeling too clever and had a bit of a wee cold earlier in the week, but speaking to Steve after I'd done a session on the Wednesday he made the decision for me," said 27-yearold Murray.

"He said go and take the chance and don't be afraid to push it and I'm pleased I did.

"Having not raced 10 miles before I didn't really know what to expect. I wasn't concerned about how fast I was running, it was a case of keeping in touch with the leaders as long as I could.

"I didn't have a watch on so I wasn't sure what sort of splits we were doing all I knew was that four of us got away early on then it was a case of digging in as long as possible.

"Thankfully, I managed to stay in touch with Grace longer than the other two girls so to finish second is really pleasing.

"There's no doubt I enjoy running on the roads equally as much as on the track and over the country and I can see myself moving up to half-marathons and marathons in years to come, but I'll bide my time on that score at the moment."

The fast south coast 10-mile course certainly gave Murray plenty to ponder before she encounters a cross-country campaign for she went through 10km in 32min 03secs, which was a 25-second improvement on her previous best for the distance which she ran when winning the Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield last year. …

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