Kenyans were led home by Titus Mbishei in the men’s race and Florence Kiplagat in the women’s race and had clean sweeps at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run.

From a British angle Freya Murray gave it her best shot, but was no match for her overseas rivals and had to settle for seventh place, while Dan Robinson was eighth in the men’s contest.

Murray, like the other non-Africans in the race, was outclassed by the vastly superior performances of Kenyan

athletes with Florence Kiplagat leading Grace Momyani and Doris Changewyo across the finishing line in 32 minutes 10 seconds.

The Scot, losing her first ever race over the distance acknowledged the superiority of her opponents in what she said was the hardest race of her life.

“I’m a wee bit disappointed but it wasn’t meant to be today,” said Murray who clocked 33 minutes 35 seconds and who, on Monday, travels to a high altitude training camp in Colorada, USA.

“I would have liked to have done better in my home city but it was great to run against people like this.”

Murray, on a testing 10 kilometres course, fell back between three and four kilometres when there was a massive injection of pace and the main contenders were reduced to a pack of five.

Portugal’s Jessica Augusto who passed the halfway point in 16 minutes 30 seconds, was looking as if she might cause problems to the trio of Kenyans, but capitulated at 6km although remaining the first European finisher.

Kiplagat, last year’s world cross country gold medallist, ran cautiously particularly in the testing uphill first kilometre, which was the demise of the


legendary Ethiopian Derartu Tulu, but then took charge of the race.

“I sat back in the first four kilometres because the course was very tough,” said the 23-year-old Kenyan 10,000m record holder before getting clear of her rivals after seven kilometres.

“Then I saw a small hill and decided to push ahead to the finish,” added the first ever Kenyan winner of the event.

Titus Mbishei was the runaway winner of the men’s race when, after a slow start, broke away to cross the line for a 14 seconds victory ahead of Olympic 5,000m bronze medallist Edwin Soi in 28 minutes 46 seconds.

Mbishei, returning to the Scottish capital where he was runner-up at the Edinburgh Cross Country in January, was totally unfazed by the presence of fellow countrymen Soi and Vincent Yator, who clocked 29 minutes 10 seconds.

“The beginning of the race for the first five kilometres was very slow” said Mbishei.

“Then Yator pushed and I followed before pulling clear.”

Robinson, the Commonwealth marathon bronze medallist, a week after dropping out of the Virgin London Marathon, was first British person across the line finishing eighth in 30 minutes 25 seconds.


1, T Mbishei (Kenya) 28:46
2, E Soi (Kenya) 29:00
3, V Yator (Kenya) 29:10

1, F Kiplagat (Kenya) 32:10
2, G Momanyi (Kenya) 32:20
3, D Changeywo (Kenya) 32:23

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