Virtual Running Guide

Virtual Running Guide

A virtual running event is a concept that would have had many of us scratching our heads this time 18 months ago. However, virtual events have taken over the running scene in 2020 and 2021.

The great thing about running virtually is that it gives you a tangible goal during an uncertain time. What better way to spend time in lockdown than training towards doing something positive – and receiving a bunch of goodies in the process!

However, it’s totally normal to be unsure of the best method to undertake a virtual event. For many of you, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Virtual Challenge will be the first time you’ve dipped your feet into running an event solo! So to help out, we’ve put together our top 5 tips.

1) Safety First

Obviously, your safety during your run is the most important thing. This means being careful, letting someone else know your route, and picking quieter routes where social distancing can more easily be maintained if possible. This is your moment of glory, so best to avoid letting anything get in the way!

2) Create your Fan Club

Whether it’s a significant other, running buddies, family members, or the man next door, make sure they know about your virtual run. You have chosen to Join in Edinburgh and you deserved to be cheered on! Tell them when you’re running so that they can either support you during the run, or shower you with praise once you’re finished. Motivation can be difficult when running alone, so having a support network behind you is sure to fire you on to the finish line!

3) Plan Your Route

One of the benefits of a virtual race is that the route is entirely in your hands. When else could you take on EMF around your favourite circuit in your local area? You need to make sure you complete the distance, but the rest is up to you! So add flats, downhills, uphills as you see fit. If you can, adding makeshift fuelling and aid stations into your route will help keep you going.

4) Timing’s Everything

Another benefit of virtual running – you decide when you run! Nobody knows better than you when it comes to your running preferences. So whether you wake up and want to crack on first thing, or decide you fancy an afternoon canter, the decision is in your hands.

5) Enjoy It

Remember why you entered the event, spent so long training and are here now. This is your moment, so savour it and enjoy it as much as possible. Remember to stick to your pace, and the rest will follow. Good luck!

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EMF 2018
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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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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Elites set for quick times at 15th Edinburgh Marathon

Elites set for quick times at 15th Edinburgh Marathon

Some of the world’s fastest marathon runners will take to the streets of Edinburgh and East Lothian for the 2017 Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday 28th May.

Exciting elite fields have emerged for both the men and the women as Edinburgh continues to establish itself as one of the world’s leading marathons. Athletes from across the globe will descend upon the Scottish capital looking to drop some quick times on this notoriously fast course.

In the men’s field, Ihor Russ of Ukraine will start as favourite after his victory at the Kharkov International Marathon and finishing in the Top 50 at the Olympic Games in Rio – he will be looking to improve on his 2:12 personal best . Kenyan Stanley Bett will follow closely on his heels with a best of 2:14; Bett has had previous success on British soil having stormed to victory at the Bournemouth Marathon last year. This year’s event also sees the return of Japhet Koech: Japhet is a regular at the Edinburgh Marathon finishing 3rd in 2016, 18th in 2015, 2nd in 2014 and 5th in 2013.  Japhet featured in the cult running novel Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn.

The fastest entrant the women’s elite field is Belarusian Olena Duboskaya with a PB of 2:28 but she will face stiff competition from Kenyans Pennina Ndungu and Eddah Jepkosgei who was first female in the Edinburgh Marathon last year. Ukranian Valentina Zhudina could also feature as she aims to go under 2:40 in her first ever marathon debut. Valentina started to compete in the 3000m Steeple Chase as a youth representing her country internationally at U23 Championships.  She became a double Olympian in the 3000m steeple chase then now her priority has changed to road racing full time and her goal for the Edinburgh Marathon is to have a strong marathon debut.

The British contingent at this year’s Edinburgh Marathon Festival is also very strong. Peter Le Grice has set the quickest time this year with a 41st place finish at the London Marathon in a time of 2:23:16, closely followed by Tom Charles of Trafford AC who finished second in the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon and tenth in last year’s Edinburgh Marathon.

Favourite in the British female field is Hayley Haining of Kilbarchan Athletics Club. Hayley competed for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and 2006. She finished 25th in the Marathon at the World Championships in 2005 and has competed in the Edinburgh Marathon in 2012, 2014 and 2016, finishing on the podium each time. Georgie Bruinvels of Aldershot Farnham is in sensational form after winning the Asics Greater Manchester Marathon this April with a time of 2:37:03. Local favourite Dianne Lauder of Gala Harriers has also had a great couple of years. Dianne finished 6th in the Edinburgh Marathon in 2016 and 2nd in the Edinburgh Half Marathon in 2015.

Freya Ross, Edinburgh Marathon Festival Elite Coordinator, looked ahead to what should be an exciting battle at the front of the race: “We’re excited to see who will come out on top with some really strong runners in both the men’s and women’s fields. The course is quick and we’re hopeful for some good running conditions which should lend itself to some fast times.”

Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival Race Director, added: “Scotland is preparing to welcome the world to the 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. It’s great to have another stellar elite field this year, cementing Edinburgh’s status as a premier global marathon with genuine world class runners spearheading the race.”

Starter of the 15th Edinburgh Marathon will be arguably Scoland’s greatest long-distance runner; Donald Forbes Macgregor. Donald competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, representing Great Britain in the men’s marathon event, in which he finished in seventh position. He also competed for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in 1970 in Edinburgh, on a course which incorporates the current Edinburgh Marathon route, so it’s very fitting that he starts this year’s event.

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 27th May at Holyrood Park with a 10K, 5K and four junior races. On Sunday 28th May, the Edinburgh marathon, half marathon and team relay starts from the heart of Edinburgh and continues through East Lothian offering stunning views and an unforgettable running experience.

Eddah Jepkosgei
Eddah Jepkosgei
Stanley Bett
Stanley Bett
Olga Dubovskaya
Olga Dubovskaya
Japhet Koech
Japhet Koech
Hayley Haining
Hayley Haining
Peter Le Grice
Peter Le Grice
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Inverclyde college worker goes extra mile for charity at Edinburgh Marathon

Inverclyde college worker goes extra mile for charity at Edinburgh Marathon

Corinne ForresterA COLLEGE worker is going the extra mile in memory of a dear friend who died of cancer.

Corinne Forrester is gearing up for the Edinburgh Marathon in May to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The 46-year-old was inspired to undertake the challenge after losing her pal Allan Keen, to bowel cancer four years ago.

Corinne said: “This is a follow on from the last time I did the marathon two years ago and raised £2,500 for Bowel Cancer UK.

“Macmillan nurses looked after Allan in his final days and they do such a fantastic job.”

Corinne is an extended learning support advisor at West College Scotland and lives in Inverkip with her husband Darren and their 13-year-old son Lewis.

Both her husband and Allan were Regmental Sergeant Majors in the army.

She said: “Darren was a career soldier and Allan was in the army too. He was 51 when he died.

“I think the race is a good way to raise awareness.

“Allan was just 48 when he was diagnosed. I don’t think people should need to wait until the age of 50 before they are screened for bowel cancer. People should be screened earlier without a doubt.”

Corinne has always been a runner but Allan’s story inspired her to complete her first marathon in Edinburgh in 2014.
She said: “It was a fantastic sense of achievement, although I had very sore legs.

“I was just in awe of everyone who donated to the charity. They say, ‘You’re the one who is running the race’ – but if it wasn’t for people’s generosity, we wouldn’t be able to raise that kind of money.”

Corinne is also holding a ladies’ night at Inverkip Church Hall on May 6. This will include a disco, karaoke and games, with all proceeds going to the charity.

She is taking part in the race on May 26. Anyone who wants to make a donation should visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/corinne-forrester14

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Darvel man gets set to run four races at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in big charity push

Darvel man gets set to run four races at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in big charity push

Gavin Thomson is running the four races in memory of his aunt who passed away from Motor Neurone Disease in December 2013.

A Darvel man is gearing up to run four races at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival later this year. And he needs your help to spur him on as he challenges the four distances for MND Scotland.

Gavin Thomson is running the four races in memory of his aunt who passed away from Motor Neurone Disease in December 2013. Now the 28-year-old, who says he was “very close” to his aunt Janette, wants to do everything he can to help families dealing with the horrible disease. Store manager Gaving told the Standard: “I was very close to my aunt. It was just me, my mum and my older sister Nicola, so Janette was more like a second mum to me than an aunt. “My family are very close knit. Janette’s four children are like brothers and sisters to me. Last year we all took part in MND Scotland’s Fun Run in Strathclyde Park. “It was a great day and we all felt like we were able to do something in memory of Janette. This time I want to push myself.”

On May 28 Gavin will take part in the 5km and 10km disciplines before taking a short rest and running the half and full marathon the next day. So much for a lazy Sunday. MND is a terminal illness which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles, which can cause someone to lose the ability to walk, eat, speak and breathe unaided. Gavin’s aunt, from Kilmarnock, lost her battle with MND at 58, just 14 months after she was first diagnosed. “When she was diagnosed in October 2012 her condition progressed rapidly and by the following March she was wheelchair bound,” brave Gavin added. “She had arthritis in her hands, so when her leg started giving her trouble she assumed it was the arthritis, and it took her a while to get it checked out. “Towards the end Janette lost her voice and MND Scotland was a huge help.

The charity loaned her their eye gaze equipment to help her communicate. “She would use her eyes to select letter on an on-screen keyboard and the computer would then read out what she had written. This really helped her stay connected to her family and friends right up until the end.” Money raised goes towards helping the charity continue to support people affected by the disease, as well as fund research into this devastating illness. Iain McWhirter, head of fundraising and volunteering at MND Scotland, said Gavin’s efforts were “really appreciated”. He added: “We provide support for people across Scotland who are living with MND, and their families. “Our services include one-to-one counselling, benefits advice, complementary therapy and our communications equipment loan service.”

A bi-monthly support group is held at the Gailes Hotel, Irvine, with the next meeting on May 11 at 12.30pm For more, contact Dawn Hamilton on 0141 332 3903 or email [email protected] Of his challenge, Gavin said: “Sunday will be a challenge because I have to complete the half marathon in 1.5 hours to make it back in time for the start of the full marathon. “Training has been going well so I’m really looking forward to it.”

You can donate to Gavin’s JustGiving page here: www.justgiving.com/G-Thomson

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Runner inspired by puppy power is ready to become a marathon man

Runner inspired by puppy power is ready to become a marathon man

An Angus man whose dog helped inspire him to lose nine stone has set his sights on the Edinburgh Marathon. Robert Fleming, 30, from Forfar, shed almost half his body weight and now feels confident enough to tackle the gruelling 26-mile challenge.

“I always dreamed of running a full marathon but I never thought I would be able to do it because of my size,” he said. “Losing weight has helped me gain so much confidence and I took part in my first half-marathon last year to celebrate. “I have been attending a group called Penumbra and their support has helped me to get where I am and I now feel ready to do this.” 

Penumbra is an innovative Scottish mental health charity which provides a wide range of services to offer hope and practical steps towards recovery. Robert suffered with depression after leaving school before starting his weight loss journey in 2012 when he was 20st 3lb. He also experienced heart pains but it was the death of his dog, Max, to old age which encouraged him to try to turn his life around. Within a few months Robert had lost four stone but he suffered a setback and put the weight back on again.

In 2013 he got a new dog and his black labrador, Tiki, was responsible for helping him get his life back on track. He walked Tiki four times a day and the weight started to drop off as he changed his diet, joined the gym and got a new bike. Robert was a full-time carer for his mum but she is now getting more support and he is able to look for a job. He is looking to raise £500 to take part in the marathon which takes place at the end of May. Robert wants to continue to inspire other people who are suffering with their weight to make changes in their lives for the better

He said it is easy for people to fall into the trap but believes it is “just about education and knowing what is good and what is bad”.

The Edinburgh Marathon is Scotland’s most popular marathon and takes place on May 29. He is running for Prostate Cancer UK and his fundraising page is www.justgiving.com/Robertfleming1985.

 
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EMF Predicted Time Deadline
EMF 2016 Predicted Time Deadline – Sunday 20th March

EMF 2016 Predicted Time Deadline – Sunday 20th March

Edinburgh Marathon Festival runners have got until Sunday 20th March at midnight to get their predicted times and correct address information into their My Details accounts. EMF 2016 runners have been urged to be as specific as possible when entering their predicted times to make sure they get the best suited position for themselves on the start line.

These details CANNOT be changed after the deadline. Edinburgh Marathon Festival runners can edit their predicted time in ’My Events’ under ’Alter Entry’.

Visit your My Details account here – https://www.edinburghmarathon.com/mydetails

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