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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Daughter to run in her father’s footsteps at the Edinburgh Marathon
Charlotte’s dad was the reason she started running. His military training made him the perfect coach and running buddy – always there to give her the support and encouragement she needed for her next race. In June last year, Charlotte’s dad found out he had terminal cancer. Four months later he passed away. 

“He was my absolute hero and my best friend. I knew I had to do this for him. From the day he got the diagnosis, Macmillan nurses were there for him. Their help and support meant so much to my dad and the whole family. 

“Before he passed away, I told him I was going to run the Edinburgh Marathon for Macmillan – a route he loved and had run many times. He was so pleased for me but I could see in his eyes that deep down he wished he could be running it alongside me.

“He may not be here to join me in his trainers on the start line but I still feel he’ll be running it with me, and I hope I make him proud.”

Join Charlotte by signing up to run Edinburgh with Team Macmillan today. 

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.

For more information, visit www.edinburghmarathon.com.

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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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Winter running tips
Edinburgh Marathon Festival Winter running tips

Top 5 Tips for Winter Running

There’s no denying there’s been a definite shift in temperature recently, autumn is here and winter is definitely on it’s way. Here are our top 5 tips for training during this 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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Pembroke runners Team Price raise more than £2,000 for Parkinson’s UK charity

Pembroke runners Team Price raise more than £2,000 for Parkinson’s UK charity

A PEMBROKE family have raised more than £2,000 for the Parkinson’s UK charity by taking part in in the recent Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

The South Terrace family of four – Gary Price, 50, wife Sara, 45, and sons Pembroke School pupil Harvey, 12, and Golden Grove pupil Max, six, took part in the festival during the recent bank holiday weekend.

The family have raised funds through the Justgiving charity website at www.justgiving.com/Team-Pricey

Gary said: “We were inspired to raise money for Parkinson’s UK after losing my father John at the end of 2014 as he’d been suffering with the disease for several years and then Sara’s father, Graham, also being diagnosed with the condition. Parkinson’s UK give invaluable support and information to sufferers and their families and are working toward finding a cure. They provide an amazing service at the Hope centre in Neyland where they meet weekly, it’s something that really helps Graham and the family to manage his condition.

At the end of last year the Price family had absolute no running experience and were a typical family where dog walking, or a spot of trampolining, were their main physical activities.

“We decided change that and enter the Edinburgh Marathon Festival where they cater for all ages and abilities and is the perfect event for families,” said Gary. “Max entered the 1.5 kilometers, Harvey both the 5K and 2K, Sara in the 5K and me in the marathon. We started our training last November, completing school fun-runs and Park Runs at Colby Gardens together along the way.

“We travelled up to Edinburgh and completed our events last weekend, all doing really well in our races. More importantly we’ve been able to over £2,000 so far for Parkinson’s UK in the process and were hoping that by publicising our challenge we could increase the total even further and possibly inspire other families to do something similar, because if we can do this anybody can.”

The latest total is more than that, at £2,175 and rising, and donations are still being collected up until July 1.

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Thousands take part in the 14th Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Thousands take part in the 14th Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Over 30,000 runners took part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in the nation’s capital on 28-29 May. Runners from right across the globe gathered for Scotland’s biggest running festival, taking part part in the Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay, 10k, 5k and junior races across an action-packed weekend.

Sunny conditions made for perfect running conditions for the elite fields on one of the world’s fastest marathon courses, where Kenyan dominance of the event continued in both the male and female races. Boaz Kiprono took a decisive victory in the men’s race, breaking clear in the last mile to blow away the opposition in a winning time of 2 hours, 19 minutes and 55 seconds.

Moroccan runner Abdelhadi El Mouaziz took a crowd-pleasing second place in 2 hours, 20 minutes and 14 seconds, followed closely by crowd favourite and star of ‘Running with the Kenyans, Japhet Koech with a time of 2 hours 22 minutes and 15 seconds.

Afterwards, Kiprono said: “I was well prepared today so I was hoping to run and win. The weather today was a bit cold for me, but the course was flat and good. I hope to come back to defend my title next year.”

The women’s race was dominated by Kenyan Eddah Jepkosgei. she led from the gun to a four minute victory in 2 hours, 39 minutes and 53 seconds.

The podium was completed by Hailey Haining, Kilbarchan AAC in 2 hours, 43 minutes and 3 seconds, and Katie White, Garscube Harriers in 2 hours, 47 minutes and 40 seconds.

Afterwards, Jepkosgei said: “The weather was good today, I enjoyed it. I’d love to come back next year and defend my title and better my time.”

As if running 26.2 miles wasn’t tough enough, Gavin Thomson of Darvel completed the grand slam of marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k over the weekend. Gavin Thomson was running for MND Scotland in memory of his aunt who passed away from Motor Neurone Disease in December 2013.

He began his EMF weekend yesterday by completing both the 5K and 10K races around Holyrood Park. Today, he was up and running again as he tackled the half and full marathon races.

We caught up with Gavin after the marathon, which was the last of his four races. He said: “That’s probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life, my body is absolute agony! Half way through the full marathon was the hardest part of today, at that point I thought to myself “I can’t do this”, then I thought of my auntie and it got me through.”

It was a particularly heart-thumping day for Daniel Jones from Hertford who proposed to his girlfriend Rebecca Harrison at the marathon finish line. Thankfully she said ‘yes’. His new fiance was running the marathon alongside Daniel and was taken by surprise as Daniel bent on one knee at the finish line.

2016 Edinburgh Marathon proposal

Afterwards, he said: “We are over the moon that the run went so well. Plus I’m rather glad that Rebecca said “yes” to the proposal, I was glad that I managed to convince her to get on stage!”

There was a thrilling race at the front of Sunday morning’s half marathon as Darrell Hastie of Gala Harriers stormed to victory in the last mile with a winning time of 1 hour, 10 mins and 38 seconds. Sunderland Harrier’s Andrew Powell took second place with a time of 1 hour, 10 mins and 48 second, and Spain’s Francisco Urbano Sales finished in third with a time of 1 hour, 10 mins and 54 seconds.

It was a cat and mouse race with Sunderland-based Powell pushing the pace in the latter half, but local runner Hastie had the critical finishing kick.

33 year old Hastie said: “It was really good, it’s a beautiful course, the weather was fantastic – perfect conditions for running in with next to no wind.

“I was sitting in 5th place when a group broke away early on. I thought one or two of them might drop off. At about 10 miles the front two had gotten away and fourth and fifth started to drop off. I managed to work hard and catch them.”

“When I got them I thought I might have a chance of sneaking third place, I was feeling quite good. Then I thought if I really start to work hard, I might have a squeak! With two miles to go at the turn, I thought I’ve got nothing to lose and I’ll have a crack at it and see if I can get them, and I managed to reel them in! Really pleased.”

Northumberland’s Tracy Millmore was the winner in the women’s race which she led from start to finish. The Birtley AC runner was pleased to have topped the podium in her first ever outing at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

The 33 year old said: “It was really good, the weather was great, conditions were perfect and it was a great run, I enjoyed it.”

“I lead all the way from the start. I just wanted to see how I felt and go as hard as I could. I’m thinking about running the marathon next year so will hopefully be back!”

Saturday saw Holyrood Park bathed in glorious sunshine as 6,000 runners took part in 10k, 5k and junior races, supported by thousands more friends and family savouring the big event atmosphere.

Max McNeill, 22, from Lothian Running Club claimed the top spot in the EMF 10K race with a winning time of 32 minutes and 7 seconds. Bryan Mackie from Edinburgh AC clinched second place in 32 minutes and 51 seconds and Kevin Stephant, on holiday from France, finished in third place with a time of 34 minutes and 16 seconds.

Afterwards, McNeill said: “I’ve spent the last month in Boulder in America, altitude training with Steve Jones. This was my first race since coming back. I really enjoyed today, good conditions and crowds everywhere!”

The women’s winner was 32 year old Sheena Logan of Fife AC. She said: “The course was good, I loved the scenery. I enjoyed it. I’m on a hen weekend this weekend and literally sneaked out to do this race so I need to get back before breakfast is served!”

Cumbrian Paul Coon, 24, stormed home first in the sunshine to clinch the 5K title with a winning time of 16 mins 47 seconds. He said: “It’s my second year at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, I did the relay last year, it’s such a nice place, I enjoy it. I’m also running in the half marathon tomorrow!”

Youth stole the show in the women’s field as 13 year old Alisha Sivell was the first female home with a winning time of 19 minutes 43 seconds. Alisha, who runs for Kilbarchan AAC, said “I ran the 2K last year but was too old for it this year so decided to run the 5k instead. It was a really good experience.”

Around 850 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.

Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival Director, said: “2016 has been another incredible year for Edinburgh Marathon Festival with record-breaking performances, tens of thousands of participants and millions raised for good causes.

“We are proud to host a truly world class running event in Scotland’s capital for people of all ages and abilities from across the globe. Congratulations to everyone who took part. Thanks for making the 2016 Edinburgh Marathon Festival one of the UK’s greatest mass participation events. Come and see us again next year!”

More than 1,500 runners from the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Official Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, took part and together with hundreds of other charities, are hoping to raise more than £4.5 million.

Entries for the 2017 Edinburgh Marathon Festival which takes place on Bank Holiday Weekend on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017 are open with an early bird discount for everyone who registers before 12th June at www.edinburghmarathon.com

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