Great Scottish Run (inc Scottish Athletics Half Marathon Championships) 2017:
Scotland based Northern Ireland international Fionnuala Ross (Shettleston Harriers / Armagh AC) continued her eye catching recent form with a Scottish National Half Marathon gold medal after securing 3rd place at the Great Scottish Run, which included the Scottish Athletics Half Marathon Championships (Sunday 1st October 2017).
Against top quality competition and in less than favourable conditions, Fionnuala recorded a new 13.1 mile personal best of 1:14:26 for 3rd place – the race was won by Kenya’s Flomena Daniel in 1:10:17, with Great Britain’s Charlotte Purdue taking 2nd place in 1:12:18.
After the race, when asked about her victory by Scottish Athletics, Fionnuala said “I’m absolutely delighted, really pleased with it.” She put her recent good form down to consistent structured training over the last few years.
Fionnula’s new half marathon best slashes just under 90 seconds off her previous best time of 1:15:47, which she recorded whilst taking 2nd place overall and 1st place in the ladies race at the Isle of Mull Half Marathon in August. The Armagh AC athlete, who represented Northern Ireland at the Antrim International XC, has also clocked a personal best over 10k this year, running 33:57 to win the Stirling 10k last month (August 2017).
Fionnuala will now focus on the Frankfurt Marathon later this month, where she will be aiming for a sub 2:40 finish time.