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.
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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