Scotland international Fiona Brian admits to being motivated by the possibility of challenging for a course record in tomorrow’s BHGE 10km in Aberdeen.
The fastest time clocked by a woman in the 31-year history of the event is 35min 7secs, set by Aberdonian Lyn Wilson when winning her fourth title in 2010.
Brian, who won last year and also in 2014 and 2015, would match Wilson’s tally of victories if she can take top spot tomorrow.
The record would, however, provide icing on the cake for the Metro Aberdeen club member, who has been in great form since the beginning of the year.
She said: “I didn’t know what the record was but now that I do, it might just provide me with a bit of extra motivation.”
Brian, who is making her ninth BHGE 10km appearance and has never finished lower than seventh, certainly is capable of breaking the record as her best time is 34:32, set at Grangemouth earlier this year.
Her quickest time on the Aberdeen course, however, is the 36:15 she recorded when winning 12 months ago.
She said: “I certainly hope to be a lot faster than last year but a lot depends on the weather.
“It’s not the fastest of courses but if we get a decent day it has the potential to be all right.
“It’s certainly a race I enjoy doing as the crowd support is usually very good and there’s always a great atmosphere. It’s a big event with thousands taking part.”
Brian will go into the race full of confidence following a series of excellent half marathon performances over the past couple of months.
She set a personal best time of 1hr 15min 48sec at London in early March, before improving to 1:15:34 at Valencia later in the month.
A fortnight ago she won her first international race, taking the women’s title at the Lillebaelt Half Marathon in Denmark where, in hot conditions, she recorded 1:16:48.
She said: “I’m still on a bit of a high after that. I have just been taking it easy in training since then so I certainly should be fresh for the 10km.”