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Scottish Women Preparing To Take On Africans

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 8, 2010
Stephanie Twell is Europe's best hope for a podium finish in Edinburgh next month. Photo: IAAF

Stephanie Twell is Europe's best hope for a podium finish in Edinburgh next month. Photo: IAAF

Crowds could be a factor in Edinburgh next month.

Two Scottish runners, Freya Murray and Stephanie Twell, are doing their best to prepare for the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country race that is taking place in their home country on January 8 of next year. In order to compete for the top spots, they know they will have to put forth efforts like never before. In the seven-year history of the race, no European woman has ever stood atop the medal podium.

Stephanie Twell has the best chance to end the European medal drought. She is a three-time junior cross-country gold medalist and recently won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games. Murray is also a top contender. She has had the best season of her career. Two months ago, she placed second at the Bupa Great South Run.

According to Peter Riley, the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country elite athlete coordinator, the hometown crowds should be a big help for the two women.

“They’ll certainly have the crowd behind them and that can be a very important factor in any cross country race, particularly at this level,” he said.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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