Balmoral Castle the backdrop to the race

Edwards Aims To Regain Balmoral 5K Title - 9 February 2010

Aberdonian Myles Edwards will forego the Scottish Universities track championships in favour of tackling the ConocoPhillips 5K at Balmoral Castle on 24th April.

The 21 year-old Napier University journalism student is one of Scotland's most promising up-and-coming middle distance runners and is keen to make his mark on the track scene, but the lure of Balmoral is proving too strong.

Edwards was keen to go for glory in the 800m at the Scottish Universities championships until he discovered the students' fixture clashed with Balmoral.

He said:"I am more likely to do Balmoral because I love it there and I feel that I have unfinished business with the race.

"I am determined to run much quicker than I have on the previous two occasions I've been there."

Edwards won the ConocoPhillips race in 2007 when he clocked 16min 44sec and he was runner-up behind Cambuslang's Iain Reid last April in 17:00.

Myles has been hampered by injuries in recent months but feels he is now clear of these problems.

He has been training harder than ever and will use the rest of the winter season to sharpen his fitness.

He said:"I've recently managed far more mileage than ever before and I'd love this to continue. I'm going to do the Scottish Universities indoor championships and the British Universities indoor championships before focussing on Balmoral."

There are still places available in the ConocoPhillips 5k but entries are filling up fast so runners are advised to register online as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

2007

  1. Myles Edwards (Aberdeen AAC) 16:51
  2. Robbie Simpson (Banchory Stonehaven) 17:01
  3. Bruce Duncan 18:32

2008

  1. Bruce Duncan 17.47
  2. Tim Griffin (Cosmic) 17.51
  3. David Smith 17.59

2009

  1. Iain Reid (Cambuslang) 16.20
  2. Myles Edwards (Aberdeen AAC) 17.00
  3. Craig Mitchell (Lochaber) 17.10



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