Freya does Midlothian proud

09/01/10, TSPL, Scotsman, Sport, Bupa Great Edinburgh International X Country Run 2010, Bupa Great Winter Run 2010, Holyrood park, Edinburgh. Scotlands Freya Murray running in the Womens 6K race. Pic Ian Rutherford

09/01/10, TSPL, Scotsman, Sport, Bupa Great Edinburgh International X Country Run 2010, Bupa Great Winter Run 2010, Holyrood park, Edinburgh. Scotlands Freya Murray running in the Womens 6K race. Pic Ian Rutherford

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Freya Murray believes a vociferous home crowd helped her to be the first British athlete across the finish line at Sunday’s Olympic marathon.

A last minute replacement for injured Paula Radcliffe, the Temple-born runner did herself, her friends and family, Midlothian, and indeed the whole of the UK proud, finishing in a time of two hours 32 minutes and 14 seconds – and in 44th place.

Freya Murray

Freya Murray

The 28-year-old former member of Lasswade Athletics Club told the Advertiser: “It was an unbelievable experience – something special. I didn’t really know what to expect, I just wanted to justify my selection and make the most of the experience. I think I did that.”

As Freya kept pace alongside some of the world’s most talented long distance runners, the home support roared her on with every stride. She added: “The spectators were so loud. When I was feeling tired the crowd encouraged me to keep on going. Although it was hard I enjoyed every minute.

“Crossing the finish line and hearing the noise was incredible.”

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