Athletics: Fiona ready for Liverpool race that will see her turn out again in national colours


Metro Aberdeen’s Fiona Brian will take part in the biggest cross country race of her career at Liverpool on Saturday.

She will represent Scotland in the Great Britain team trials for next month’s European championships.

The winner of the Great Aberdeen 10km Run will be making her third appearance in national colours, after her debut in a home countries international last winter before setting a personal best time in the Leeds Abbey Dash 10km road race earlier this month.

Fiona had been all set to run in last Sunday’s Fraserburgh half marathon before receiving the call to be part of the four-strong Scotland women’s team for the 8km race at Sefton Park.

She said: “I was looking forward to running at Fraserburgh but decided to pull out to save myself for Liverpool.

“It’s going to be a tough race for me down there so I didn’t want to go into it maybe feeling a bit tired.

“It’s definitely the biggest cross country race I will have done and it will be a top quality field because it’s the trial for the Europeans.”

The Scotland team will be led by double Olympian and European championship 5,000m bronze medallist Steph Twell (Aldershot Farnham and District), while Glasgow’s Josephine Moultrie and Edinburgh AC’s Rebecca Burns complete the line-up.

Fiona said: “The Scotland team always have some big names and this year it’s no different. I’ve never met Steph before, so that will be interesting.

“I’m not sure how much of an opportunity I’ll get to speak with her because the night before the race I’ll stay with my parents, who live in Chester.

“I really don’t know what to expect in the race. It will be really fast at the start so I will probably find it hard to go with that, but hopefully my endurance will help me pull through towards the …read more

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