Twell to Debut on Scottish Soil in BUPA Great Edinburgh International Cross Country

Stephanie Twell will compete on Scottish soil for the first time since switching nationality from England at the Bupa Great Edinburgh International Cross Country next Saturday.
The 20-year-old world junior 1500 metres champion tipped to be a genuine contender for a medal at the 2012 London Olympics, has a Scottish mother Isobel who lives in Paisley.
That saw her accept an offer from Scottish officials to accept an offer to represent them last July and she opened her campaign in her new national vest by winning the Gateshead International Cross Country in November.
Now Twell will line up in a top class field over six kilometres in the capital's Holyrood Park which includes Olympic 5000 metres and 10000m gold medallist Tirunesh Dibaba and Vivian Cheruiyot winner of the world 5000m crown last summer.
Twell a three time European junior cross country winner won't be overawed by the Ethiopian and Kenyan plus other global stars contesting the first IAAF permit meeting of the New Year.
In last year's race won by Linet Masai the Kenyan who went on to claim the world 10000m title in Berlin, she surpassed everyone's expectations when narrowly missing a podium position.
In a tight finish she claimed fourth place ahead of Cheruiyot and several other more experienced overseas rivals.
Twell in the BBC televised race will link up with fellow Brits Hayley Yelling-Higham who came out of retirement to win a second European title last month and world 1500m silver medallist Lisa Dobriskey.
Dobriskey will be competing for the first time since marrying fellow British international athlete Ricky Soos a month ago although the pair continued training seriously during their honeymoon in Italy.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency, said:  “The line up for this year’s Great Edinburgh International Cross Country just gets better and better.  The event really does attract the world’s best and this is testament to Scotland’s reputation as a host for world class athletics events and to the unique proposition that Edinburgh as a location makes for the sport.  We look forward to seeing Stephanie Twell compete.


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