Muddy good start to year for West Linton track star O’Hare

Picture by Lesley Martin.'10 January 2015''More than 2500 cross-country runners pounded the pavements of Holyrood Park on Saturday as they tested their stamina against the Great Winter Run.'Rank beginners to elite athletes took part in the event which boasted a string of multi-distance races to cater to runners of all abilities.'Pictured is Britain's Chris O'Hare in the Invitational Men's 4km.''******** JP 60 DAY LICENCE *****
Picture by Lesley Martin.'10 January 2015''More than 2500 cross-country runners pounded the pavements of Holyrood Park on Saturday as they tested their stamina against the Great Winter Run.'Rank beginners to elite athletes took part in the event which boasted a string of multi-distance races to cater to runners of all abilities.'Pictured is Britain's Chris O'Hare in the Invitational Men's 4km.''******** JP 60 DAY LICENCE *****
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West Linton’s Chris O’Hare returned to his Boston base this week following his hard-fought 10th place in the men’s international 4km race in Holyrood Park on Saturday.

And the 24-year-old European 1,500m bronze medallist insists that his performance in the wintry conditions bodes well for the coming indoor track season.

“Some are suited to running in the mud, but I’m one of those who isn’t,” he said after slogging through the glaur at Edinburgh’s Great Winter Cross Country event.

“Four kilometres is an okay sort of distance, though, and it shows me what work needs to be done. I wanted to get out there and have a bit of fun, but not in conditions like that – it wasn’t funny.”

Despite his obvious distaste of the softer surface, O’Hare, sixth in the Glasgow 2014 1,500m final at Hampden last August, still got his revenge on Commonwealth champion, Kenya’s James Magut, with Silas Kiplagat (Kenya) and top American star Bernard Lagat also finishing behind him.

“Lagat was behind me and I’m sure it’s not going to stop him doing well on the track and it won’t stop me either,” added O’Hare, who has been going well in preparation for some big indoor 1,500m and one-mile races in the USA next month, before he returns to the UK for the Birmingham Grand Prix.

“I can’t wait for the indoors season to begin now,” said the Borders athlete.

On Saturday, the 4km race winner was Garrett Heath (USA), who surged away from the field to repeat last year’s win, with only Kenya’s Japheth Korir making any real attempt to stay with him.