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

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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!”

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Running as Christmas: Dos and Donts
The festive period is always a challenging time for us runners. As the calendar fills up with work parties and social gatherings, and the kitchen cupboard fills up with mince pies and yule logs, you’d be forgiven for over-indulging and missing out on some running! 

But if you’re feeling extra determined this year, we’ve got some top tips to help you keep fit this Christmas, and some dangerous pitfalls to avoid!

Become an early riser
If your calendar is chock-a-block with parties, gatherings and family reunions, why not set an alarm and get your run done nice and early? It’s a great feeling having it under your belt and knowing the rest of the day is yours to relax! Will it be cold? Probably – but winter mornings can also be pretty beautiful things to behold.

Don’t be self-righteous 
You might be really enjoying the feeling of keeping fit while family members pour prosecco onto their cornflakes, but don’t go gloating! An endorphin-charged runner sitting on their high-horse is sure to ruffle some turkey feathers.

Get into the spirit
There are plenty of festive fun runs coming up in the next few weeks, so why not get yourself entered into one? Get some friends together, don your Santa hats and reindeer antlers and have a laugh with it!

Don’t expect any PBs
A few cheeky treats are inevitable and Christmas food is certainly more conducive to steady running than a max out effort! So don’t put too much pressure on yourself, just go out and enjoy running for the sake of running!

Merry Christmas and enjoy!

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Top Five Tips for Winter Running

TOP FIVE TIPS FOR WINTER RUNNING

There’s no denying there’s been a definite shift in temperature recently, autumn is arriving and winter is definitely on it’s way. Plan ahead with our top 5 tips for training during the upcoming nippy time of year:

1. Make a Plan
Make plans to meet someone for a run, then there’s no backing out if you’re not quite in the mood for it. Making plans will help you to get motivated and stay on track throughout the winter.

2. Dress for the conditions
The general rule of thumb is to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer. You want to be warm but not overheating when you run. 10 to 20 degrees: 2 tops, 2 bottoms. 0 to 10 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms. Two tops (fleece for the cold-prone) and a jacket. Minus 10 to 0 degrees: 3 tops, 2 bottoms, extra pair of gloves, 1 scarf wrapped around mouth or a balaclava.

3. Gone with the wind
Wind is brutal when running, especially in Scotland! Start your run into the wind and finish with it at your back, so the breeze doesn’t blast you after you’ve broken a sweat. To avoid a long, biting slog, you can break this into segments, running into the wind for about 10 minutes, turning around to run with the wind at your back for five minutes, and repeating.

4. Old habits die hard
Traditionally a morning runner? Why not try a lunchtime run instead when the temperatures are a bit warmer? Alternatively, try running twice a day, in the morning and in the evening – it’s better than doing one long run where you might get very cold toward the end.

5. Winter sun
If all else fails, book a flight and head somewhere warm for your Vitamin D fix!

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Kiptoo sets new course record as thousands take part in the biggest ever Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Kiptoo sets new course record as thousands take part in the biggest ever Edinburgh Marathon Festival

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Over 35,000 runners signed up to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival this 26th & 27th May. Runners from all over the world gathered for Scotland’s biggest running festival across an action-packed weekend, which included new city centre routes for the half marathon, team relay and full marathon events.

Sunny weather made for perfect running conditions on one of the world’s fastest marathon courses, where for the first time in the event’s history, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival worked alongside not-for-profit organisation ‘Project Africa Athletics’ to bring in developing athletes that may not otherwise get the opportunity to take part in a race with the status of the Edinburgh Marathon.

Kenyan Joel Kipkemboi Kiptoo took advantage of both the new route and perfect running conditions to set a new course record, finishing in 2 hours, 13 minutes and 33 seconds. He smashed the previous record by almost 2 minutes, which was set by fellow Kenyan Zachary Kihara back in 2005.

Afterwards, Kiptoo said: “It was really nice for me, the course was flat and good. I just ran how I felt as I was alone most of the time. Of course I would love to come back and defend my title next year!”

American Jeffrey Stein took second place in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 21 seconds, followed by local favourite Michael Crawley in 2 hours, 24 minutes and 43 seconds.

The women’s race was dominated by fellow Project Africa athlete Caroline Jepchirchir, who lead from the front with a time of 2 hours, 47 minutes and 35 seconds.

The podium was completed by Edinburgh’s Shona McIntosh in 2 hours, 49 minutes and 7 seconds, and Tracy Millmore from Stanley in 2 hours, 52 minutes and 14 seconds.

As if running 26.2 miles wasn’t tough enough, seven runners attempted a ‘hairy’ which involves the grand slam of running a marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k over the weekend. One of them, Luca Basso from Edinburgh, ran for SAMH in memory of his brother who committed suicide at a young age.

Scottish-born Outlander star Sam Heughan completed the marathon as part of a double challenge to raise funds for Cahonas Scotland. He said:

“My 2nd marathon within a month and another personal best! Thanks so much to the organisers and the volunteers of Edinburgh for making this such a great experience to run. I am so happy to be able to raise awareness for ’Cahonas Scotland’ through ’My Peak Challenge’, my charity fundraising company. Through donations and a limited edition T shirt for sale we have already raised over £70K and hope to reach £100K for the fight against testicular cancer.”

Fundraiser Amuz Sandhu ran the Edinburgh Marathon for Official Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. This cause is particularly close to Amuz after the charity supported him through difficult times after he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in January 2016. His mother was also diagnosed with cancer when Amuz was young.

He said “You never know when yourself or somebody close to you might need the same support, so it would be great to help Macmillan keep their services going in any way possible.”

It was a Spanish one-two at Sunday morning’s half marathon as Severino Felipe Gomez stormed to victory with a winning time of 1 hour 10 minutes and 37 seconds. Fellow Spaniard Arturo Quijada Gonzalez took second place with a time of 1 hour 10 minutes and 53 seconds, and Conrad Franks finished in third with a time of 1 hour 10 minutes and 55 seconds.

42 year old Severino said: “It was a good race, beautiful city! It’s very fast although a little windy today. The people and the city are wonderful, I think it’s one of the best races in Europe.”

Irish Olympian Breege Connolly was the winner in the women’s race with a time of 1 hour 16 minutes and 9 seconds.

The 40 year old said: “I really enjoyed the race. It was definitely tough going in parts with the head wind along the coast but all in all I’m happy to come away with a personal best. The support along the route was great!”

She was followed by Glenfarg’s Annabel Simpson in 1 hour 16 minutes and 31 seconds, with Dunblane’s Fanni Gyurko finishing in third place with a time of 1 hour 18 minutes and 32 seconds.

Inspirational Alice MacNab completed the Edinburgh Half Marathon for MS Society after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in July 2017 after partially losing her vision at the age of 19.

“My vision never fully returned, and I never know what the future means for me. I don’t know if in a year I will still be able to do the things I love such as skiing or going hill walking, the things that most, including myself, take for granted. I have learnt now that life can be unfair, but don’t let it consume you.

As this is the year I turn 21, I want to make sure that from now on I do everything I want to do, in case how my life unfolds in the future will not allow me to do those things.”

Saturday saw Holyrood Park bathed in glorious sunshine as 7,500 runners took part in 10k, 5k and junior races, supported by thousands more friends and family savouring the big event atmosphere.

Michael Christoforou, 25, of Edinburgh AC comfortably claimed the top spot in the EMF 10K race with a winning time of 31 minutes and 37 seconds. Will Peppercorn clinched second place in 33 minutes and 13 seconds and Lorenzo Masi finished in third place with a time of 34 minutes and 8 seconds.

Afterwards, Christoforou said: “I had a lot of fun today. I just wanted to run hard and see what I could do so I’m pretty happy with the time and the win. I train in Holyrood Park a lot so I knew it would be a challenging course. That hill never gets easier but it’s definitely worth the graft for the views at the top! The support was awesome the whole way round and that really pushed me on when it started to hurt.”

The women’s winner was 32 year old Hana Randakova from the Czech Republic with a winning time of 38 minutes and 49 seconds.

She said: “I really enjoyed the race – I loved the stunning views and people around the track cheering me on. One guy joined me on the 7km and really helped me to get to the finish. I found EMF while planning a holiday to Scotland with my mum – we always wanted to visit Scotland and I decided to connect the trip with a nice race as I really love running.”

Marc Quipp, 18 years of age, took part in the EMF 10K for Teenage Cancer Trust. In January of this year he was told he had a cancer that was a Ewing’s like sarcoma. Marc says the first and only symptom was a lump at the side of his hip which he first noticed in September 2017. The lump grew from the size of a pea to the size of a tennis ball. Tests followed including a biopsy, before the diagnosis that it was a cancerous tumour.

Mark is currently receiving treatment at the Teenage Cancer Trust unit in Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, and has recently completed his sixth session of chemotherapy. He is due to have surgery to the tumour in two weeks which has been reduced in size thanks to the chemotherapy.

Mark said “The care I receive in the teenage cancer unit is second-to-none. From the small things such as no restrictions on visiting hours, to the more luxury matters of my own en-suite and Sky Sports in the room, I can assure you that the work and facilities put in place by the Teenage Cancer trust most definitely makes something so horrid, all the more endurable.”

Arron Larkin, 28 from Rotherham stormed home first in the sunshine to clinch the 5K title with a winning time of 16 minutes and 25 seconds.

29 year old Amy Young from Leeds was the first female home with a winning time of 19 minutes and 38 seconds.

Amy said “I really enjoyed the 5km today, it’s a great route with awesome support throughout and amazing views as you head up and around the park. I’m so happy to have won the women’s race amongst some tough competition and I’m looking forward to running in the half marathon race tomorrow morning.”

Ashley Macrae took part in the EMF 5K to raise funds for the Stroke Association after she suffered a stroke last year at the age of 22.

She was on holiday in Thailand when, whilst traveling on a bus, her friends noticed her speech was slurred and she couldn’t use the whole left side of her body. They got her to a medical centre so quickly.

“As soon as I got to hospital they took me for an MRI scan. They said there had been a bleed in the brain and that I’d had a stroke. I couldn’t believe it.”

A year later, with the support of her family, she has just completed the EMF 5K. She is keen to raise awareness of the fact strokes can happen to younger people.

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.

Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival Director, said: “2018 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 2018 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 2019 Edinburgh Marathon Festival which takes place on Bank Holiday Weekend on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2019 are open with an early bird discount for everyone who registers before midnight on Sunday 10th June at www.edinburghmarathon.com

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Warm weather expected at Edinburgh Marathon
Warm weather advice for Edinburgh Marathon Festival runners

WARM WEATHER ADVICE FOR EDINBURGH MARATHON FESTIVAL RUNNERS

The Met Office currently predicts it is likely to be between 13-18 degrees in the Scottish capital this weekend as more than 35,000 runners take part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

If the weather conditions are hot then it is essential that runners keep hydrated before and during the race. 330ml bottles of water are supplied by Strathmore Spring Water along the course for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival races. They’re available at every 5K of the route and at the Finish.

We also advise our runners in hot weather to:

Keep hydrated

Make sure you’re taken on enough water when you start the race but not excessively – an easy way to tell is by the colour of your urine. It should be a pale, straw colour. It’s important to drink at each hydration station during the race, particularly in the first half when you may not feel thirsty but will be losing a lot of fluid.

Staying hydrated will help you keep going as you near the finish, and also prevent cramp. Try not to drink a lot of water in one go as it can make you feel ill – little and often is best.

Wear sunscreen

We would advise runners to apply adequate sunscreen. The British Skin Foundation recommend an SPF of 30 or above.

Stay cool

Wear loose mesh running gear in hot conditions. If it’s an excessively hot day, try to run in the shade where possible. Wearing a breathable hat may help keep your face in the shade.

Finish well

Make sure you eat and drink as soon as you finish the race but not excessively. You may feel fine as you cross the finish line, but it’s common for runners to start feeling dizzy and faint over half an hour after they stop running. As soon as you can, make your way to the baggage trucks to change into comfortable, dry clothing.

If you need to, seek medical help

If you’re well prepared for the race it’s unlikely you’ll need any medical attention, but if you do feel ill or suffer an injury, full medical care is provided on the courses by staff from the Scottish Ambulance Service, the British Red Cross and the event medical team. If you become unwell at any time during the race, STOP RUNNING and speak to one of the course marshals.

For more advice go to www.runnersmedicalresource.com

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Edinburgh Marathon Festival set to be the biggest on record

2018 Edinburgh Marathon Festival set to be the biggest on record

Over 35,000 runners will take to the streets of Edinburgh and East Lothian for the 2018 Edinburgh Marathon Festival on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27 May.

The new city-centre marathon route, which starts on Potterrow, will see participants run past the National Museum, Scottish National Gallery and into Princes Street Gardens, with the iconic Edinburgh Castle as their backdrop.

The route then takes in the Scott Monument, before heading down the Royal Mile and towards Holyrood Park, The Scottish Parliament and Royal Palace before then east towards the beautiful coastline. The marathon finishes in Pinkie Playing fields, Musselburgh as per recent years. Both the Half Marathon and Team Relay routes have had similar changes.

For the first time in the event’s history, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival is working alongside not-for-profit organisation ‘Project Africa Athletics’ to bring in developing athletes that may not otherwise get the opportunity to take part in a race with the status of the Edinburgh Marathon.

The project supports athletes from east Africa (predominantly Kenya) who do not have the required support structures in place to make use of their talents. The project focuses on supporting athletes who have the required talent to compete outside their country, but lack the support or backing in which to do so.

Joel Kipkemboi Kiptoo and Caroline Jepchirchir, both from Kenya, are the Project Africa athletes taking part in this year’s event.. Kiptoo has finished in the top 10 in the Kass international Marathon, which is run between Kapsabat and Eldoret in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. The race, because of its altitude (9000ft in parts), undulating hills and talented athletes who take part, is considered the toughest marathon in the world by many.

Jepchirchir ran an impressive 1hr 14mins when winning the world class Family Bank Half Marathon in Eldoret in 2015. She is building towards a big personal best in Edinburgh.

The British contingent at this year’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival is also very strong, with lots of runners aiming for quick times along the new Edinburgh Marathon route.

Shona McIntosh of Hunters Bog Trotters set an impressive 2:45:09 time at the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon back in April. She looks set to be challenged by Tracy Millmore of Birtley AC who ran 2:46:09 at the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon last October.

Carl Hardman is one to watch after running 2:19:35 in Berlin last September. He’s closely followed by James Bellward, an RAF Athletics runner who clocked a 2:30 in Brighton last month, and Phil Martin of Peterborough AC who grabbed a personal best in London last year.

The Half Marathon should also make for interesting viewing with last year’s female winner, Avril Mason of Shettleston Harriers, coming back to defend her title. She will be pushed all the way by local favourite Dianne Lauder who finished third in the marathon last year.

In the men’s half marathon race, last year’s second place finisher Patryk Gierjatowicz is looking to make it one better along the new route this year. He will face fierce competition from Spaniard Severino Felipe Gomez and Sam Stead of Keswick AC, who clocked an impressive 68:29 at the Brass Monkey Half Marathon back in January.

There will also be tens of thousands of runners, each with their own reason for taking part, and with an abundance incredible stories amongst them.

There are seven runners who are known to be ‘doing a hairy’ at this year’s event. This consists of running the 5K and 10K on the Saturday, then the half marathon and the full marathon on the Sunday. One of them, Luca Basso from Edinburgh is running for SAMH in memory of his brother who committed suicide at a young age.

Amuz Sandhu, age 32, is running the Edinburgh Marathon to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, the Official Charity of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Macmillan supported Amuz through difficult times after he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in January 2016. Now Amuz is determined to give something back through his fundraising efforts to help raise awareness of the disease.  

Broughton Primary School have the largest group of runners taking part with over 100 pupils, teachers and parents taking part in this year’s event. They have been going out on regular runs to train for their events ranging from the Kids’ Kilometre to the Junior 5K.

Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival Race Director, added: “Scotland is preparing to welcome the world to this amazing city and we look forward to delivering another outstanding Edinburgh Marathon Festival that the nation will be proud of.  

We as a team are already proud of the effort put in by all of our runners as they work hard to prepare for the big day. In our eyes, every EMF runner is elite and we value every runner’s contribution to the Festival in equal measure.

This year is extra special with the combination of the new routes: we can’t wait!”

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival is Scotland’s largest mass participation running event. There are nine races on offer, guaranteeing there is something for everyone from the seasoned runner to the charity fundraiser and beginners. The fun kicks off on Saturday 26th May at Holyrood Park with a 10K, 5K and four junior races. On Sunday 27th May, the Edinburgh marathon, half marathon and team relay start in the heart of Edinburgh and continue through East Lothian offering stunning views and an unforgettable running experience.

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Fundraisers from Edinburgh to run the EMF Hairy Haggis Team Relay for charity in memory of friend who died from bowel cancer
Four running friends who met at gym classes in south Edinburgh are running the Edinburgh Marathon Festival (EMF) Hairy Haggis Team Relay on Sunday 27 May to raise funds for Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer’s work in Scotland in memory of their friend, Susan Mckenzie.

Raising awareness of bowel cancer is important to the team. Karen Lothian, Michelle Muggridge, Jenny Phillips and Catherine Rutter are running the relay as their friend and training partner, Susan Mckenzie died from bowel cancer in February 2018 at just 50 years old. Catherine’s grandfather also had the disease. They are now determined to both raise awareness of the disease and raise money towards research and essential information and support services that will save lives from bowel cancer.

Bowel cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in Scotland, with 1,500 people in Scotland dying each year of the disease and nearly 4,000 people being diagnosed. Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer. However this drops significantly as the disease develops. This is why early diagnosis is so vital.

The team members said: “We are running the Edinburgh Marathon Relay for Bowel Cancer UK. We all met through exercise and our fabulous friend and inspirational training partner Susan was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in December 2015.

“Although there is currently no cure for stage four, it is treatable. Susan received wonderful care since her diagnosis at Edinburgh Cancer Centre and continued with her all fitness training throughout gruelling chemotherapy as well as working full time as a paediatric nurse.

“She has inspired us all to run for this charity who focus on providing funding for research and in raising awareness of the disease, particularly in the younger age group affected who are sadly often diagnosed too late. If bowel cancer is detected early, it is treatable and can be curable.”

Scotland Fundraising Manager for Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer, Emma McGeever, said:” We are very proud to have Karen, Catherine, Michelle and Jenny running the EMF Hairy Haggis Team Relay for us, it’s an amazing challenge. For us, at Bowel Cancer UK, it means we can continue with our vital work of saving lives, enabling research and improving the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer.”

If you would like to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival to raise money for Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer, please sign up on our website
bowelcanceruk.org.uk/edinburgh-marathon- festival/ to receive your fundraising pack.

Donations can be made to: justgiving.com/fundraising/insideoutteamsusan

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Edinburgh Marathon looks set to sell out for 10th year in a row

Edinburgh Marathon looks set to sell out for 10th year in a row

EDINBURGH MARATHON standard entries are close to capacity and expected to close on Sunday 7th January at midnight.

The marathon takes place on Sunday 27th May 2018 and attracts thousands of runners from the UK and beyond to take part in one of the flattest and fastest marathons the UK has to offer.

This year saw the launch of a new route which starts on Potterrow, the Old Town heartland of Edinburgh University, for the first time in the event’s history. Before heading North over the historic High Street and down The Mound. Participants will then run past the Scottish National Gallery and into Princes Street Gardens, with the iconic Edinburgh Castle as their backdrop.

The route then takes in the Scott Monument, before heading down the Royal Mile and towards Holyrood Park, The Scottish Parliament and Royal Palace before then east towards the beautiful coastline. The marathon finishes in Pinkie Playing fields, Musselburgh as per recent years. Both the Half Marathon and Team Relay routes have had similar changes.

Organisers are encouraging potential runners to sign up before the standard entries period ends at midnight on Sunday 7th January. After this time, you can still enter the marathon with a charity place, or choose to participate in the increasingly popular Edinburgh Half Marathon instead.

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 kids just starting out on their running journey. The fun kicks off on Saturday 26th May at Holyrood Park with a 10k, 5K and four junior races. On Sunday 27th May the Edinburgh Marathon, Edinburgh Half Marathon and Team Relay start from the heart of Edinburgh City as runners embark on the new route for the first time ever.

The Edinburgh Marathon has sold out every year since 2008. For more information, visit www.edinburghmarathon.com.

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EDINBURGH MARATHON LAUNCHES NEW ROUTE FOR 2018

EDINBURGH MARATHON LAUNCHES NEW ROUTE FOR 2018

THE EDINBURGH MARATHON has launched a brand new route for the first time in 5 years.

In what will be the 16th year of the Edinburgh Marathon, Scotland’s largest running event, which takes place on Sunday May 27 2018, announced the new route this lunchtime.

The new route starts on Potterrow, the Old Town heartland of Edinburgh University, for the first time in the event’s history, before heading North over the historic High Street and down The Mound. Participants will then run past the Scottish National Gallery and into Princes Street Gardens, with the iconic Edinburgh Castle as their backdrop.

The route then takes in the Scott Monument, before heading down the Royal Mile and towards Holyrood Park, The Scottish Parliament and Royal Palace before then east towards the beautiful coastline. The marathon finishes in Pinkie Playing fields, Musselburgh as per recent years. Both the Half Marathon and Team Relay routes have had similar changes.

Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival Director, said: “We are delighted to announce the new Edinburgh Marathon route to the world and and believe we have a route which showcases the incredible and stunning historic city of Edinburgh to it’s very best.”

“The key for us was creating a route which not only let our participants see more of Edinburgh, but also stays true to its worldwide reputation as one of the fastest marathon routes approved by an IAAF label – not an easy thing to achieve in this small but fine city!”

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival now annually attracts more than 30,000 runners each year has had an economic impact of more than £40 million for Scotland’s capital and helped raise more than £60 million for hundreds of charities.

The Edinburgh Marathon joined the world’s elite road races in 2012 by becoming the first race in Scotland to be officially recognised by the IAAF, the athletics governing body. The IAAF Bronze label puts the race among the top 75 in the world making it a pivotal part of the sporting calendar for runners. It remains Scotland’s only IAAF labeled road race.

Mr Kilgour said “With a descent of almost 90 metres to near sea level, we believe that this is one if not the fastest marathon routes in the world.  If you have put in the training then this route will reward this effort: it is full of PB potential”

Second only to London in terms of size in the UK, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival has eight races on offer, guaranteeing there is something for everyone from the seasoned runner to the charity fundraiser and beginners. The fun kicks off on Saturday May 26 at Holyrood Park with a 10k, 5K and two junior races. On Sunday May 27, the Edinburgh Marathon, Edinburgh Half Marathon and team relay start from the heart of Edinburgh City and continues through East Lothian offering stunning views and an unforgettable running experience.

Entries are open for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on May 26 and 27, 2018. More information is available via the website at www.edinburghmarathon.com

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