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Lynsey Sharp

Lysney Sharp is an 800m track athlete who comes from a strong sporting background. Her dad Cameron is a 200m sprinter and her mum Carol was also an 800m competitor. Aged just 24, Lynsey is successfully carrying forward her sporting heritage having already won a gold medal at the 2012 European Championships in Helsinki and made it to the Semi-Finals of the London 2012 Olympics. Lynsey now has her eyes set on Commonwealth Gold as she gears up to compete in the 800m and 4x400m Relay events at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

We were delighted to catch up with Lysney and ask her what she loves about her home city of Edinburgh.

When I hear the words ‘This Is Edinburgh’, the first thing that springs to mind is…

Walking through the New Town on a cold but sunny day. 

What makes me particularly proud to come from/live/work in the city is…

It is such a beautiful city filled with so much history and landmarks and it really is known worldwide for this. When I say I come from Edinburgh people either say, “Oh I went there once, I loved it” or “Oh I've always wanted to go there”. Never a bad word!

My first memory of the city centre is…

Dancing on board a float in some sort of carnival aged about 5. I think it was in Princes St Gardens but I could be wrong. I don’t know how I got talked into doing this! 

If I’m heading out for a run, you can’t beat…

Along the Water of Leith, especially around the Dean Village, or along the Prom at Cramond.

As a local; my hidden gem that most visitors to Edinburgh may miss is…

Breakfast at The Roseleaf.

After a tough training session, you can’t beat a bite to eat in…

Leo's Beanery!