Thousands of runners take part in seventeenth Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Thousands of runners take part in seventeenth Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Sunday’s drizzly weather made for challenging running conditions on one of the world’s fastest marathon courses, where for the second year running, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival collaborated with not-for-profit organisation ‘Project Africa Athletics’ to welcome talented, developing athletes that may not otherwise get the opportunity to take part in a race with the status of the Edinburgh Marathon.

Kenya’s Dan Tanui raced to glory with a winning time of 2 hours 30 minutes and 13 seconds.

“The course is good and there was lots of support and cheering along the way, I found the wind challenging today, I’m hoping to come back next year to retain my title.”

London’s Ollie Garrod claimed second place in 2 hours 32 minutes and ten seconds, followed by Inverurie’s Tom Roche in 2 hours 32 minutes and 19 seconds.

The women’s race was dominated by Winchester’s Melanie Wilkins who lead from the front with a time of 2 hours 42 minutes and 56 seconds.

“This is my first time in Edinburgh and I’m very happy to win!”

Megan Crawford from Fife in 2 hours 54 minutes and 2 seconds and Carys Hughes, Cardiff in 2 hours 54 minutes and 7 seconds completed the podium.

Conquering 26.2 miles isn’t tough enough for some, Jeremy Hill from Edinburgh completed a ‘hairy’ – the collective name used to describe the grand slam of running a marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k over the weekend. Jeremy ran for the MS Society and the MS Therapy Centre Lothian in support of his wife who has the condition.

At the finish line, a tired Jeremy said: “I’m so glad to be finished, I almost didn’t make it from the half marathon finish! I got a PB last year and just thought ’why not’ when I saw the Hairy challenge.”

Claire Dalrymple from Edinburgh crossed the Edinburgh Marathon finish line for the 17th time. This year was particularly poignant for Claire – she ran in memory of her husband Stephen for the events Official Charity Macmillan Cancer Support.

Stephen sadly passed away in February after losing his battle against Oesophageal cancer. Throughout his illness, Stephen and Claire received incredible support from the charity to ensure the precious time they had left together was spent making happy memories.

“Throughout Stephen’s illness I kept running to keep me strong and focused, it really was my therapy” explained Claire.

“I’m raising money to say thank you to Macmillan for all their help and support.” As part of her fundraising challenge Claire also completed the London Marathon in April and is looking ahead to the Harris Marathon later this year.

Salford’s Karl Darcy stormed to victory in Sunday morning’s half marathon with a winning time of 1 hour 7 minutes and 40 seconds. Local favourite Neil Renault took second place with a time of 1 hour 9 minutes and 46 seconds, and Billy Hobbs completed the podium in third with a time of 1 hour 10 minutes and 20 seconds.

Karl said “It was a really great course, good conditions for running, although the last 2 miles were tough. I decided to run hard and just go for it!”

Birmingham’s Molly Browne was the winner in the women’s race with a time of 1 hour 18 minutes and 27 seconds.

Molly said: “It felt really good, the support was really good on the course. I ran in Edinburgh two years ago but today was a bit different, I’m really pleased.”

She was followed by Glasgow’s Sarah Potter in 1 hour 18 minutes and 51 seconds with Bathgate’s Jo Williams finishing in third place with a time of 1 hour 19 minutes and 26 seconds.

Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park played host to Saturday’s action with the 10k, 5k and junior races kicking off the festival’s line up.

Londoner Ewan Cameron was first home in the EMF 10K race with a winning time of 33 minutes and 17 seconds.

Commenting on his win he said “It was fantastic! I went to Edinburgh University, then after I finished university I took a 17 year hiatus from running, so it was good to be back!”

First female in the EMF 10K was West Yorkshire’s Sarah Cumber in a time of 38 minutes and 26 seconds.

Sarah said “We’re here to visit one of our friends, I’ve never raced in Scotland before. It was great! Lovely weather and the views were absolutely beautiful, everyone was so supportive.”

Catherine Meyer stole the show in the women’s 5K field as she set a new course record with a winning time of 18 minutes and 37 seconds.

The American said: “It was good! I’m studying in London for a year and my brother’s running the marathon tomorrow so my whole family are in Edinburgh and I figured I’d run the 5K the day before!”

Sixteen year old Cameron Bullen from Dunbar was the first finisher with a winning time of 17 minutes and 40 seconds.

Commenting on his win he said: “I thought it was a really well organised event, going up the hill was tough but once I got there, I stormed the downhill. I’m thinking of coming back to take on the 10K next year.”

Around 1600 youngsters took part in Saturday’s junior races, consisting of the 1.5k for 6-8 year olds and the 2k for 9-12 year olds, as well as both the Junior 5K and the Kids’ Kilometre.

Three year old Anne Murphy completed the Kids’ Kilometre with dad Tom and officially started the race alongside mum Cheryl.

The family took part  in memory of daughter and sister Edie who tragically died after a short and sudden illness in October 2015 aged only two.

Cheryl said: “Running helped us so much after Edie died and continues to. It’s a way for us to keep her memory alive”.

Their involvement in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival forms part of a wide range of fundraising activities Cheryl and Tom have undertaken over the years to raise an incredible £25,000 for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity and they hope to surpass the £30,000 mark this year.

“We will continue to support this charity forever now as it holds a very special place in our hearts and is part of a beautiful legacy for Edie”. 

Fourteen runners from El Salvador travelled to Edinburgh to take part in the marathon, half marathon & 10K events. They ran in tribute to one of their group, Maria Olimpia Escobar de Melhado.

Maria was stabbed on an early morning training run whilst preparing for the event, and tragically passed away on Saturday 18th May.

Oscar Edgardo Melhado, Maria’s brother-in-law said: “These are the risks that our runners take, in our country plagued with crime, to keep our passion for running. We are not giving up, Maria Olimpia taught us that love and passion transform ugly realities.”

“Our beloved Maria Olimpia started running 10 years ago and was very enthusiastic. She created at least two runners’ groups mainly of ladies. She encouraged many of her friends to register to the Edinburgh Half and Full Marathon and organized the trip. We will always remember her joyful and cheerful personality”.

Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival Director, said: “2019 has been another incredible year for Edinburgh Marathon Festival with outstanding performances, tens of thousands of participants and millions raised for good causes.

“We are so proud to host a truly world class running event in Scotland’s capital for runners of all ages from across the globe. Congratulations to everyone who took part. Thanks for making the 2019 Edinburgh Marathon Festival one of the UK’s greatest mass participation events. Come and see us again next year!”    

Runners from the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Official Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, together with hundreds of other charities, are hoping to raise more than £5 million for worthy causes.

Entries for the 2020 Edinburgh Marathon Festival which takes place on Bank Holiday Weekend on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May 2020 are open with an early bird discount for everyone who registers before midnight on Sunday 9th June at www.edinburghmarathon.com

Join the running chat:

Follow EMF on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EdinburghMarathonFestival

Follow EMF on Twitter: @MrHairyHaggis; #edinburghmarathon; #emf2019

Follow EMF on Instagram: http://instagram.com/edinburghmarathonfestival

Read More
Edinburgh Marathon Festival becomes a zero waste to landfill event

Edinburgh Marathon Festival becomes a zero waste to landfill event

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival have today announced a partnership with the team at Hamilton Waste & Recycling in its ambition to be one of the only events in the country which is a zero waste to landfill event.

Sandra Scott, Event Director said; “We are delighted to announce our partnership with the team at Hamilton Waste & Recycling to ensure that none of the waste generated at the event ends up in landfill.”

“Each of us understand the importance of making the event as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible, so while we investigate and develop products to allow us to eradicate plastics completely from our event, this interim step to ensure that zero waste goes to landfill is vital.”

Hamilton is one of Scotland’s leading independent recycling and resource management companies. Founded in 2002, the company provides services to customers across East Lothian and Edinburgh where it operates under its distinctive Tartan Waste brand. In addition to its fleet of modern collection vehicles, Hamilton recycles a wide range of commercial, construction and domestic waste through its award-winning materials recycling facility in Musselburgh.

“Every individual at the event has a personal responsibility to help do this by making sure that any rubbish they have is placed in the bins that will be provided around the start, finish and course areas of the event. This is important, particularly on course where the wind can catch empty bottles and gel wrappers and transport them miles away, so please help our teams in these areas by making sure that every last piece ends up in the bin.

“All waste will then be taken away by the team at Hamilton to their recycling facility where each piece will be sorted and recycled into useful products.” Sandra continued.

Recognised as one of the UK’s most sophisticated waste management sites, Hamilton is capable of recycling and recovering all of the waste it processes. Any waste that cannot be recycled is used in the production of a waste derived fuel which in turn, is used to generate sustainable energy and offset traditional fossil fuels.

Having recently invested over £10 million in new processing technology, the company is now able to recover and recycle an even wider range of materials including general waste, mixed recycling, food, glass and plastic. It also operates Scotland’s only mattress recycling facility and accredited plasterboard recycling service.

Hamilton is committed to ensuring that Scotland maintains its position at the forefront of developing the circular economy and helping its customers to realise the environmental and commercial value of the material that they throw away.

Ahead of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival event this weekend, Sandra said; “Good luck to all of our runners, and thank you in advance for supporting the event and the team as we all work together to ensure that this is a ZERO WASTE TO LANDFILL event!”

Read More
Tanui set to light up Edinburgh Marathon

Tanui set to light up Edinburgh Marathon

Kenyan Dan Tanui is the star name at this weekend’s seventeenth edition of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. With a PB of 2.15.08, the Project Africa athlete, who is in fine form after winning the Walled City Marathon last June, is set to get the biggest cheers in Sunday’s marathon.

He’ll be closely followed by fellow countryman Gideon Cheruiyot Kurgat, who recently completed the Belfast Marathon in 2:26:57.

Other contenders in the men’s race include Alan Darby from Soham who will be taking part in his third Edinburgh Marathon.

Having run this event several years ago, I’m excited to return with high hopes of setting a new marathon PB. I come into this race having set a new half marathon PB of 69 minutes earlier this year.

The North East of England is also providing a couple of contenders in Conrad Franks and Matthew Alderson. Matthew completed the London Marathon in 2.28 whilst Conrad ran a 70 minute half marathon in Sunderland last weekend. Both are feeling confident in the lead up to Edinburgh.

Local favourite is Tom Roche from Inverurie. Tom ran a PB of 2:27 at London just last month to finish 44th overall and having recovered well, is hoping for a similar time at Edinburgh.

In the women’s race, Rotheram’s Lyndsey Eastman ran London in 2.51.40 and is hoping to improve on this with the fast & flat course in Edinburgh.

Lyndsey said; “My training has been going well and I’m looking forward to participating in Edinburgh marathon and see the beautiful city.

Melanie Wilkins from Henley-on-Thames is also looking to push for the top spot in her first ever outing at the marathon distance in years.

Mel said; “I’ve chosen to come to Edinburgh to debut at my first competitive marathon. I love Edinburgh as a city so I’m super excited to take on the marathon there.”

For the half marathon distance, Birmingham’s Molly Browne is one to watch out for after running 78.26 in Reading this March.

Molly said; “Training has been tough but good fun; I’m looking forward to getting on the start line and giving it a good go!”

Hot on her heels will be Auchtermuchty’s Sheena Logan who’s stepped down to the half marathon distance after competing in the marathon last year. After running 82.57 at the Inverness Half Marathon she’s looking to improve on this in Edinburgh.

I’m looking forward to the race as I’ve taken some time off over the winter after a good season last year and I like the course in Edinburgh. The festival is a great event.” said Sheena.

In the men’s race, Birmingham are providing another hopeful in Daniel Robinson who ran the Big Half in 71.53. Greenock’s John Bell and Corstorphine’s Dougie Selman are also hoping to push at the front.

A special mention has to also go out to Edinburgh’s Neil Renault. Neil finished second in the Edinburgh Marathon back in 2015, but after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis this time last year, the last year has been a struggle for him, trying to balance training whilst understanding how the medication affects him.  

Neil said: “I now feel confident that I’m on route back to getting back to PB shape on the marathon (2:18) and half marathon (64:48). Although not in the latter shape just yet, I am still looking for a decent time over the half marathon this year and very much looking forward to racing again on the route of the EMF which was kind to me in 2015.

As well as the elite athletes, there are many more incredible runners taking part in EMF 2019 for a variety of worthy causes.

Edinburgh Marathon veteran Claire Dalrymple will cross the finish line for the 17th time on Sunday 26th May. This year will be particularly poignant for Claire as she is running in memory of her husband Stephen for Macmillan Cancer.

Stephen sadly passed away in February after losing his battle against Oesophageal cancer. Throughout his illness, Stephen and Claire received incredible support from the charity to ensure the precious time they had left together was spent making happy memories.

Throughout Stephen’s illness I kept running to keep me strong and focused, it really was my therapy” explained Claire.

I’m raising money to say thank you to Macmillan for all their help and support.” As part of her fundraising challenge Claire also completed the London Marathon and is looking ahead to the Harris Marathon later this year.

Fourteen runners from El Salvador are traveling to Edinburgh to take part in the marathon, half marathon & 10K events. They are running on behalf of one of their group, Maria Olimpia Escobar de Melhado.

Maria was stabbed on an early morning training run whilst preparing for the event, and tragically passed away on Saturday 18th May.

Maria’s brother-in-law said:

These are the risks that our runners take, in our country plagued with crime, to keep our passion for running. We are not giving up, Maria Olimpia taught us that love and passion transform ugly realities.

Our beloved Maria Olimpia started running 10 years ago and was very enthusiastic. She created at least two runners’ groups mainly of ladies. She encouraged many of her friends to register to the Edinburgh Half and Full Marathon and organized the trip. We will always remember her joyful and cheerful personality.

Entries are still available for the 2019 Edinburgh Marathon Festival up until Friday 24th May at noon.

Read More
Morna
Running for Eilidh

Running for Eilidh

MORNA O’MAY is running the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 5K on Saturday 25th May to raise money for the Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust. The trust was set up in 2017 after the tragic loss of fourteen-year-old Eilidh at the Manchester Arena.

Eilidh was a typical 14-year-old growing up in a small tight-knit community on the Isle of Barra in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.

A major part of Eilidh’s life was her love of music. She was a huge fan of American singer Ariana Grande – the artist she went to see at Manchester Arena where she sadly died along with 21 others in the attack on the venue.

Morna will be taking part in the EMF 5K alongside her son Murray who will be piping her along the route.

Morna said “I may not be a runner but I believe that music education for young people is so important so, as supporters of this charity, I will run and Murray will pipe the 5K route. Murray was born the same year as Eilidh which is why we feel such an affinity to this charity.”

When at home, Eilidh was a keen bagpiper and was developing into a talented musician. She played in the local pipe band, often travelling and competing with them. The band was an enjoyable social activity for her. Making music was something very special for Eilidh.

Murray will be alongside me with his bagpipes for the duration of the run. We feel that this is a fitting tribute for such a wonderful young lady who was a keen bagpiper and loved being part of her local pipe band.” Morna said

The two main aims of the Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust are to establish and maintain a permanent memorial to Eilidh on her home island of Barra which encapsulates her talents, innocence and joyful spirit; and to enable young people and children to continue Eilidh’s musical journey by providing support to advance their music education (primarily but not exclusively in rural areas)

The memorial will not only remember Eilidh, it will also provide a peaceful space for quiet reflection and remembrance of all loved ones.

Her family are also eager to enable others to continue the musical journey that Eilidh had only just embarked on. The Trust will support young people and children to advance their musical ambitions by providing access to music activities including tuition and performance opportunities. It will offer budding musicians the chance to explore their talents through high quality and affordable music making provisions within their local communities.

If you’d like to support Morna in her fundraising efforts, you can do so here – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/morna-o-may

Entries are still available for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May. Entries are filling up fast, with the marathon, junior 2K, 1.5K & Kids Kilo events already sold out – remaining events are expected to reach capacity.

Read More
Kirsty Dinwoodie
Daughter running Edinburgh Marathon in dad’s memory

DAUGHTER RUNNING EDINBURGH MARATHON IN DAD’S MEMORY

KIRSTY DINWOODIE is running the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday 26th May in memory of her dad, Neil, who died suddenly in May last year.

Neil Dinwoodie suffered his first cardiac arrest in 2004 whilst playing 5-a-side football. After having no pulse for almost 20 minutes he was saved by his friends who performed CPR and then by the NHS staff who kept him in an induced coma for three days and inserted three stents.

“We considered ourselves very lucky that day, and anyone who knew my dad knew how seriously he took his health.” Kirsty said. Neil was a retired firefighter, so had always been fit and healthy.

Unfortunately, two days after returning home from London to celebrate his other daughter Emma’s 25th birthday, Neil had another cardiac arrest and died suddenly, and peacefully, at his home on the 2nd of May 2018. He was later diagnosed with ischemic heart disease.

In August 2018, Kirsty left to go travelling, something she had already had planned previous to her father’s passing.

“It made no sense not to go, and wouldn’t have been what my dad would have wanted me to do. So off I went, and it gave me a lot of time to think and process.

“It was whilst I was on the other side of the world that I got to thinking that I had to find some sort of good from such a horrible situation. My dad was such a healthy and active man (if he hadn’t have been then we might have lost him 14 years earlier than we did), and it got me thinking of entering the Edinburgh Marathon in his memory.” said Kirsty.

She continued “I’m running to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. If running a marathon means that I can raise money to help support a charity which could prevent another family going through the same suffering – well that seems like a pretty good reason to me!”

The British Heart Foundation has helped to halve the number of people dying from heart and circulatory disease in the UK but sadly every day, hundreds of people lose their lives. It’s only thanks to supporters that the BHF can create new treatments and discover new cures.

If you’d like to support Kirsty in her marathon efforts, you can do so here – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kirsty-dinwoodie

There are still entries available for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May. Entries are filling up fast, with the marathon, junior 2K and 1.5K events already sold out – remaining events are expected to reach capacity in the next few weeks.

Read More
Broughton Primary School crowned EMF Junior School Champions 3rd year running

BROUGHTON PRIMARY SCHOOL CROWNED EMF JUNIOR SCHOOLS CHAMPIONS 3RD YEAR RUNNING

PUPILS from Edinburgh’s Broughton Primary School are celebrating after they were revealed as winners of the 2018 Edinburgh Marathon Festival Junior Schools competition, defending their title for the third year running.

Over 1500 children from schools across Edinburgh, The Lothians and Fife took part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Junior Races last May, marking the biggest year in the events’ history.

Young runners aged 6-8 took part in the 1.5K race and 9-12 year olds raced over 2K as part of a packed weekend of running last May which also included the 5K, 10K, Team Relay, Half Marathon and Marathon.

Due to the success of the events in recent years, two new junior races were introduced to the Festivals line up in 2017- the Junior 5K open to kids aged 11-18 and the Kids’ Kilometre accommodating ages 3-6.

EMF mascot, Mr Hairy Haggis, will make a special visit to Broughton Primary School during an upcoming school assembly and award the school with their winning trophy and £150 worth of sports equipment vouchers.

The Parent School Association (PSA) who organised training for the pupils in the lead up to the festival said: “The Broughton Primary runners are a very special group of children, so to be crowned the winners of the EMF schools competition for the 3rd year running is amazing.”

“The children put their all into training, running the races and having lots of fun. We are so proud of them and are delighted all their hard work is recognised and rewarded in this way.”

Broughton Primary School were first crowned EMF Junior Schools Competition winners in 2016 and have claimed the title each year since. The competition was launched with the main aim to recognise and reward the increased efforts of kids getting active throughout schools in Edinburgh, The Lothians and Fife.

Neil Kilgour, Director of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival congratulated Broughton Primary for their efforts:

“Pupils and staff from Broughton Primary School are a brilliant example of why we do the Junior Races at EMF and we are really proud that these events help make real change.”

“Broughton’s dedication and commitment through organised training ‘fun runs’ prior to EMF weekend reflects how the school are determined to make the children more active. We realise it’s important to build on this momentum of keeping our children more active and by encouraging kids to get involved with the EMF Junior Races it provides a special occasion where they can celebrate a sense of achievement and inclusion as they cross the finish line.”

Four different Junior races will take place throughout the day on Saturday 25th May at the 2019 Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Entries are filling up fast, with the Junior 2K and 1.5K events already sold out – remaining events are expected to reach capacity in the next few weeks.

For more information and to enter, visit www.edinburghmarathon.com.

Read More
Run EMF 2019 with Teenage Cancer Trust and help teens like Natasha living with Cancer

RUN EMF 2019 WITH TEENAGE CANCER TRUST AND HELP TEENS LIKE NATASHA LIVING WITH CANCER

In January 2017 Natasha from Glasgow received the devastating diagnosis that she had Hodgkin Lymphoma in her spleen, aged just 16.

“When the consultant told me it was Hodgkin Lymphoma I didn’t know what that was. It wasn’t until she said the word cancer that it hit me. I couldn’t see for tears and I shut off at that moment. I just zoned out” Natasha explained.

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system. Around 1,700 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in the UK each year. It is most common in people who are 20 to 34 years old or over 70 years old.

Hodgkin lymphoma usually starts in the lymph nodes in the neck. Often several areas of lymph nodes around the body are affected. Sometimes organs such as the spleen, bone marrow or liver are affected too.

After discovering cancer was confined to her spleen Natasha began six months of chemotherapy at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow and had to take a six month break from school whilst undergoing her treatment and postpone her preliminary exams.

“I knew there was no way I could concentrate on exams while thinking about what was to come next. I was really scared before my first session of chemotherapy as I was expecting the worst. The nurses were amazing and were a big part of my life. I knew them all on a first name basis and they talked to me and made me laugh during a very difficult time”.

Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer.’  

“Some of my friends didn’t know how to react when I told them I had cancer, so it was nice for me to be able to go through to the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at the hospital and meet people who understood what I was going through and to hear their experiences. It made me feel like I wasn’t alone”.

Teenage Cancer Trust are the only UK charity that provides specialised nursing care to young people with cancer. Their 28 specialist units within NHS hospitals bring young people together, to be treated by teenage cancer experts in a place designed just for them.

Natasha received one-to-one support from Ronan, Teenage Cancer Trust’s Youth Support Coordinator within the hospital.

“Ronan was also there for patients who were feeling down and wanted to talk to him. He often organised activities and day trips which helped keep our minds off what was happening. There is also a big cinema screen, cinema chairs, a pool table on the unit, along with a kitchen where you can heat up your own food, so you didn’t have to have hospital food.”

Right now Teenage Cancer Trust can only support half of the teenagers who are in desperate need of their support.

Run with #TeamLegend at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in 2019 and help Teenage Cancer Trust provide more and more young people with the specialised cancer nursing and emotional support they need.

Second only to London in terms of size in the UK, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival has nine races on offer, guaranteeing there is something for everyone from the seasoned runner to children just starting out on their running journey. The fun kicks off on Saturday 25th May at Holyrood Park with a 10K, 5K and four junior races. On Sunday 26th May the Edinburgh Marathon, Edinburgh Half Marathon and Team Relay start from the heart of Edinburgh City as runners embark on new city centre route launched in 2018.

At her mid-treatment review, Natasha received the incredible news that she didn’t require radiation as her initial chemotherapy treatment had been a success.

“Beating cancer was my proudest moment. Having had cancer has given me a new perspective on things as when you get that diagnosis you realise you aren’t immortal and you won’t live forever. I have been given a second chance at life and I am making the most of it. I’m back at school and enjoy spending time with my friends and being a normal teenager again.”

To find out more about Teenage Cancer Trust and the services they provide to teens click here.

Click here to join #TeamLegend at The Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

Read More
Woman inspired to run for Alzheimer Scotland in Father’s memory

WOMAN INSPIRED TO RUN FOR ALZHEIMER SCOTLAND IN FATHER’S MEMORY

Ursula Hunter, 47 from Edinburgh, ran the Edinburgh Half Marathon in 2018 for Alzheimer Scotland.

She was inspired to fundraise for the charity after receiving the devastating news her Father was diagnosed with terminal Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia in January 2018, aged 71.

Whilst admitted to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow for tests for memory loss, Ursula’s Father suffered a serious seizure. Afterwards, he was left stripped of every day abilities he once had – including walking and many of his cognitive skills.

“He was unable to walk or feed himself. His speech did come back but he couldn’t understand what was going on around him anymore” Ursula explained.

“I felt like I had already lost my father, the man that I knew was hardly there anymore, just a flicker… perhaps only for a few moments when I visited”.

Sadly just eight months later, Ursula’s father passed away.

“He had been so inspirational, a hard-working artist with an academic mind, a great reader, thinker and teacher, who had a wonderful spirit and a creative mind. I couldn’t understand how this learned knowledge and bright personality could all go so quickly”.

After her Father’s death, Ursula wanted to do something meaningful that could help change the lives of people suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

“I think as a society we need to spread awareness about Dementia, to show just how debilitating it is and how it can happen to anyone and not only when we are elderly, people in their 50’s have been diagnosed with it. If only more research could be done to help people with early onset Alzheimer’s, to find ways to slow the progression of this terrible illness”.

Alzheimer Scotland is the leading dementia organisation in Scotland, campaigning for the rights of people with dementia and their families as well as providing an extensive range of innovative and personalised support services.

By deciding to take on the Edinburgh Half Marathon in memory of her dad, Ursula raised over an incredible £1000 for Alzheimer Scotland.

“It was a great experience and such a sense of achievement! I’ve learned how much can be achieved when you put your mind to it. Especially when you are inspired by the memory of a loved one or a respected person in your community”.

Second only to London in terms of size in the UK, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival has nine races on offer, guaranteeing there is something for everyone from the seasoned runner to children just starting out on their running journey. The fun kicks off on Saturday 25th May at Holyrood Park with a 10K, 5K and four junior races. On Sunday 26th May the Edinburgh Marathon, Edinburgh Half Marathon and Team Relay start from the heart of Edinburgh City as runners embark on new city centre route launched in 2018.

If you would like to follow in Ursula’s footsteps at this years’ Edinburgh Marathon Festival and run for Alzheimer Scotland, please click here.

Read More
Student Inspired by Dad to Run Edinburgh Half Marathon for Stroke Association

STUDENT INSPIRED BY DAD TO RUN EDINBURGH HALF MARATHON FOR STROKE ASSOCIATION

Matilda Duffy, 22, is taking on the Edinburgh Half Marathon in May for the Stroke Association after her dad, Chris, had a stroke seven years ago – when Matilda was just 14.

The aftermath of Chris’ stroke had a big impact on not only him but all of the family and he lost all of his speech.

“Dad’s stroke meant a lot of things changed. Dad was no longer able to drive or travel independently, so everyone had to help Dad get about, take him shopping and attend appointments”.

Despite having very limited speech still to this day, Chris has, however, relearnt to communicate and participate in an active and completely normal life.

“I think as much as things changed, he’s still the same old Dad, especially since he’s regained much of his independence!” Matilda explained.

Chris attends his local Stroke Association group which has helped him to build a wonderful network of friends.

For the last two years Matilda & Chris have both participated together in their local Stroke Association Resolution Run. Despite not considering herself “a runner” this has inspired Matilda to take a step up to a more challenging distance at the Edinburgh Half Marathon.

Chris is a wonderful inspiration to Matilda and it makes her proud to see how far he has come.

“The most inspiring thing about Dad is just how he gets on with it and we of course appreciate it hasn’t been easy for him. He’s so brave and confident and doesn’t let his disabilities get in the way of him doing what he wants, often to the horror of me!”

Matilda is passionate about helping people who have suffered a Stroke and is currently at university, training to become a speech and language therapist, in part due to her dad’s experience.

“He’s certainly not a victim, and I’m just so proud of him and how brave he is!”

Second only to London in terms of size in the UK, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival has nine races on offer, guaranteeing there is something for everyone from the seasoned runner to children just starting out on their running journey. The fun kicks off on Saturday 25th May at Holyrood Park with a 10K, 5K and four junior races. On Sunday 26th May the Edinburgh Marathon, Edinburgh Half Marathon and Team Relay start from the heart of Edinburgh City as runners embark on new city centre route launched in 2018.

If you would like to join Matilda & the rest of Team Stroke at Edinburgh Marathon Festival, please click here.

Read More
Daughter inspired to run Edinburgh Half Marathon after Dad’s MS diagnosis

DAUGHTER INSPIRED TO RUN EDINBURGH HALF MARATHON AFTER DAD’S MS DIAGNOSIS

Jo Perrin, 24, from Edinburgh is running in the Edinburgh Half Marathon in May for MS Society.

Jo has set herself the challenge in support of her Dad who has been battling with Multiple sclerosis (MS) for over 10 years.

“Not a day goes by that Dad doesn’t amaze me with how strong he is and he doesn’t let MS bring him down, even on the bad days”.

Over 100,000 of people in the UK have MS. It’s an unpredictable condition and different for everyone. Often painful, exhausting it can cause problems with walking, movement, seeing, thinking and feeling.

Pushing herself out of her comfort zone, Jo admits running 13.1 miles in the Edinburgh Half Marathon is going to be a real challenge but she is determined to achieve the goal she has set herself in support of her Dad.

“Signing myself up for a Half Marathon is totally out of my comfort zone but I want to make my dad proud just like he does me every single day”.

MS Society are a community of people who pool experience, expertise and voices to drive change. Providing care, share supporting, and commissioning life-changing research – all of which help those with MS and their loved ones to face the future with more confidence.

“If my dad can achieve the things he does day after day then I can do this to!”

You too can join the MS Superstars at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. To find out more click here.

Second only to London in terms of size in the UK, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival has nine races on offer, guaranteeing there is something for everyone from the seasoned runner to children just starting out on their running journey. The fun kicks off on Saturday 25th May at Holyrood Park with a 10K, 5K and four junior races. On Sunday 26th May the Edinburgh Marathon, Edinburgh Half Marathon and Team Relay start from the heart of Edinburgh City as runners embark on new city centre route launched in 2018.

Read More