Freya Ross likes to be an advocate for running, athletics and healthy living. Just as she was at the latest instalment of the local cross country championships where both she and Jenny Meadows were the invited celebrity guests to start the races.
Ross is living proof. She is a familiar face for British athletics, so naturally she was inundated with requests to sign t-shirts and number cards by pupils. But she’s a familiar face around Callendar Park too as she explained to Heraldsport.
“I’m very local. Just a couple of miles away, so I train at Callendar Park often. “Its great and a tough little course for the junior runners but they enjoy it.
“It’s the course for the Scottish Cross country championships and Ive had a lot of success here and hopefully it continues next year.
“I train at Callendar Park and along the canal regularly we’re really lucky to have some really good places to run around the Falkirk district to have these areas in your back yard like Callendar Park is great.”
Knowing the course helps so it’s justa short job dowen the road from Stenhousemuir for Ross to start the races, train, or compete, however that’s something she’s beebn doing less than she’d hoped over the past couple of years.
“I did race last year but have had a lot of injuries over the past couple of years. I had a stress fracture in April and that took a while to come back from and led to missing the Commonwealth Games, but hopefully that’s all my injuries over and things are going well now.”
Callendar Park is a lucky ground for the 31-year-old though with nine wins over her last 12 championship races in the area.
“There are a couple of tough hills and a variety of surfaces to contend with which makes it a challenging course oplus the big hill at the back half of the course is tough - it’s a tester,” she added.
“They don’t include that in the children’s courses but don’t let that fool you - it’s still a tough little course around Callendar House.
It’s great for them to come along and enjoy it. Anyone can do it with a pair of trainers and the improvements through practise is amazing.
“I started aged eight but didn’t really take it up properly until I was 16, but I had a go here and there and as I got older I got better. “It’s just good to see runners having fun.
“There is a lot to be gained from being fit and healthy even socially just making new friends there are so many benefits to running and sport and I hope children take things from events.”
One of the social aspects has affected Ross directly too!
“ My husband is a member of Falkirk Victoria Harriers. I met him while at university – in the Heriot Watt running club – so that’s proof!” Ross was speaking as a guest of INEOS Go Run For Fun.