English Commonwealth Games athlete Helen Clitheroe is to join forces with Scotland's Susan Partridge of Leeds City AC to form a cross-border duo in the Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run Team Relay on Sunday 19 April. Organisers of the ten-mile race have offered runners the chance to split the distance and tackle it as two-person teams in 2015, and Clitheroe and Partridge have decided to take up the challenge.
Clitheroe And Partridge Join Forces
“It sounds like fun,” said Clitheroe, the 2011 European Indoor 3,000m champion from Preston. “It’s something a bit different and it fits in well with what I’m doing at the moment. I’m doing things that I wouldn’t have done if I’d been focusing on the track. I’m doing things for enjoyment, as well as to bring my fitness along.”
The Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run Team Relay will involve one runner completing a hilly 4.75 mile section of the course and the other a more forgiving but longer, 5.25 mile, stretch. The race starts and finishes in Holyrood Park, with the changeover area in the Grassmarket.
Partridge, 35, has been steadily working her way back to full fitness after taking a prolonged break at the end of Commonwealth Games year. The Oban-born athlete finished an excellent sixth in the marathon at Glasgow 2014, clocking 2 hours 32 minutes 18 seconds, the fastest time by a female Briton at the 26.2 mile distance last year.
She will not be the only member of Scotland’s Commonwealth Games squad lining up in the Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run Team Relay. Brothers Derek and Callum Hawkins of Kilbarchan AAC will be forging a special family team. Derek, 24, finished ninth in the men’s marathon at the Commonwealth Games. Callum, 22, was 20th in the 10,000m on the track at Hampden Park.
Overseas opposition in the Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run Team Relay will be provided by 2006 Commonwealth 10,000m champion Boniface Kiprop from Uganda and Kenya’s Loitarakwai Lengurisi.
For more information, visit the event website