Midlothian runner takes Paula Radcliffe’s place in Olympic marathon

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Paula Radcliffe’s high-profile withdrawal from London 2012 has led to a dramatic Olympic call up for Midlothian’s Freya Murray.

The runner from Temple this week told the Advertiser how her Olympic dream came true.

Freya’s entry to the women’s marathon was ratified just hours after a foot injury forced Radcliffe to withdraw from the Games.

The 28-year-old – who only competed in her first marathon earlier this year – said she was relishing the opportunity of competing on the world’s greatest stage: “I never thought that I would go to the Olympics. The journey to get to where I am has been a long one.

“I’m so excited. I just want to go out and give it my best shot and do something I can feel proud off.”

Read full story in the August 2 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.