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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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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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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Guinness World Record attempt at the Edinburgh Marathon

Guinness World Record attempt at the Edinburgh Marathon

FOUR MEN are set to run the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday May 28th in a Viking Ship to raise funds for charity and attempt to set a new Guinness World Record.

Nigel Burton, Martin Ward, Steve Tait and Chris Gale will be battling the 26.2 mile course in a four-man outfit, aiming to beat the current record of 5 hours 25 mins.  The team have chosen to raise funds for Lincolnshire Lives and Epilepsy Society as two of the team have been directly affected by epilepsy.

“One of us recently had a family member saved by Lives emergency response so we are hoping to raise enough money to make a difference so that others can benefit from their ongoing support and excellence service.”

The team have various events planned before the marathon in order to raise funds.

“We have lots of supporting events planned – we are training around our local town, we have garden parties, appearances at our local retail park and we are on the radio in the coming weeks.

“Additionally we have lots of training – at a combined age of 197, none of us are exactly spring chickens!”

To sponsor the team, please visit https://www.justgiving.com//teams/VikingWRMarathon

The marathon is one of nine events taking place across the May bank holiday weekend on May 27th and 28th as part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

Charity places are still available for the full marathon and standard entries for the half marathon, the 10k, 5k and junior races close on Wednesday 12th April at 5pm. Find out more on the website at www.edinburghmarathon.com and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EdinburghMarathonFestival or follow us on Twitter at @MrHairyHaggis.

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And finally, please let us introduce our Official Starter for the 2016 Edinburgh Marathon & Team Relay – Michael McCabe

And finally, please let us introduce our Official Starter for the 2016 Edinburgh Marathon & Team Relay – Michael McCabe

Michael is the founder of the AYE (All Years Edinburgh) Club and has run every single Edinburgh Marathon. Michael was once 1st V50 across the line and has had top 3 age group places.

Earlier this year, Michael was rushed to hospital with a serious mystery illness. After months of uncertainty, he was finally diagnosed as having a rare illness known as PolyArteritis Nodosa (PAN). Michael spent some time in intensive care and is still receiving regular chemotherapy treatment in an attempt to recover some kidney function, which is currently at just 10%. He can only walk very short distances and is still very weak. Whether he will ever run again is very uncertain and marathons are almost certainly out of the question. However Michael is staying positive, he said:

“I’d dearly like to start the marathon, including those AYE runners who are still going strong. I had already booked to come to Edinburgh to run, so starting the race would make me feel that my journey had not been wasted! Above all thank you for 13 wonderfully memorable marathons.  Although I cannot make it 14 this year, I’ll be giving it my full support despite my ill health.”

Please join us in wishing Michael the very best, and sharing some kind words for our incredible 2016 Edinburgh Marathon Starter!

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Introducing our Official EMF Half Marathon Starter – Louise Lamont!

Introducing our Official EMF Half Marathon Starter – Louise Lamont!

Louise was nominated by her friend Hayley. We’ll let the nomination do the talking:

If you had asked me a year or so ago to put my 6inch stilettos to the side, grab a pair of Asics and begin pacing the streets of Glasgow in the rain – the reaction you would have received is ‘eh, bolt hen’.

That is of course, until I met someone who has absolutely inspired me… the one and only Louise Lamont.

In the grander scheme of things my story of where I am today would seem minor compared to many others, nevertheless it’s a worthy story to tell so others can understand just how much one person can absolutely make an impact and change your entire outlook.

It’s very much all part of growing up, but in losing my mother and in dealing with this over the past years, and after what could be deemed as a destructive relationship with someone who was very much not destined to be ‘my lobster’ – a kind friend seen through the façade and the smile, and that is all it has taken to grow into the confident, running, jogging, active social butterfly which I am today – the one and only Louise of course.

Louise’s story is not dissimilar, which may be why we orbited towards a strong friendship – must have been written in the stars

After many years of kicking cancer’s ass!, Louise’s beautiful mum Mary Thompson sadly lost her battle and passed away peacefully and surrounded by her loving family. The strength and determination shown by Louise in dealing with this has been absolutely inspiring to say the least, and the charity work carried out by her throughout this time has been inspirational. Running and cycling around the country raising money and awareness to support others in the same situations has been some of the most selfless I have ever seen, and certainly puts things into perspective.

Do you know how difficult it is to motivate 12 borderline lazy / out-of-shape misfits for a half marathon? Louise does!

She has been the absolute driving force behind our team who are participating, and regardless if it’s  sun, rain, hail, snow, blizzards, hurricanes (all in the same day of course), she has had us oot-and-aboot, and pelting it around Glasgow City Centre to get us match fit for Edinburgh on the 29th May!

The day will rightly be in honour of Mary Doll, and the sponsorship we have raised from our kind family and friends is set to be split across 3 amazing cancer charities in the UK; Sarcoma UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Support Scotland – all charities which will be close to everyone’s hearts.

It’s not human nature that makes us get up and fight on – it’s people like Louise.

Edinburgh, let’s be having you!

HUGE good luck to Louise and everyone else who she’s managed to convince to run in this year’s event!

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Introducing our Official EMF 10K Starter – Jojo Fraser!

Introducing our Official EMF 10K Starter – Jojo Fraser!

In 2015, Jojo’s best friend, her Dad, was diagnosed with severe depression. It knocked her for six. She decided to use both hers and her dad’s experience to help others. Jojo has since written a refreshingly honest blog about her experiences which you can find at mummyjojo.com, and now has over 2,000 followers. She writes about a number of mental health awareness topics from coping with grief, addiction, caring for someone with depression or other mental illnesses like PTSD. Jojo aims to encourage people to talk openly about Mental Health, and to remove the taboo associated with the subject. A passionate writer who captures life’s precious moments on a page so they don’t pass any of us by.

Jojo said “Jojo said “Fitness is not just for our physical health, it’s also for our mental health. The two work hand in hand. I signed up for my first ever 10k at EMF last year and this year I shall run my first ever marathon. I was 3 stone overweight last year after having my 2nd baby. Now I am fit and buzzing for what is going to be an incredible day. Edinburgh is my home, I have travelled far and wide but I am so proud to have been raised here and to raise my family here now. There is no city like it and no place I would rather be than with EMF to complete the ultimate challenge.”

How fitting that Jojo is the Official Starter for the race where it all began, the EMF 10K. Good luck Jojo!

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Please welcome our Official EMF 5K Starters – Danny and Alfie Byrne!

Please welcome our Official EMF 5K Starters – Danny and Alfie Byrne!

Andy and Jennifer Gill set up childhood cancer charity, LoveOliver, in memory of their first son, Oliver. He was born with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer, and despite continuing to thrive and smile his way through intensive chemotherapy, passed away peacefully at home on Christmas Day 2010, aged just 24 weeks. Their lives were totally changed forever and they set up LoveOliver to fund research into childhood cancer and provide practical support to families affected by it at the Edinburgh and Glasgow Royal Hospitals for Sick Children. So far it has raised over £322,000 thanks to many generous donations and fundraising efforts.

Unfortunately, Andy and Jennifer weren’t available on Saturday to start the race, and send their apologies, but are delighted to have Alfie Byrne represent them along with his dad, Danny, who is LoveOliver’s Charity Champion. Alfie’s little sister Evie battled the same type of cancer as Oliver, and sadly passed away in May 2013 when she was just 2 years old. She has left a bright sparkly mark on the world, and her family are now wonderful friends and supporters of LoveOliver.

Oliver and Evie would both have turned 5 in the last year, and so it is very fitting for Alfie to be starting the 5K in loving memory of two beautiful and inspirational little lives.  

Please look out for those running the marathon, half marathon and relay marathon for LoveOliver to cheer them on. You can find out more about LoveOliver at www.loveoliver.org.uk

Alfie is running the 1.5K with his school – not for LoveOliver, and having run the marathon for LoveOliver last year, Danny will just be supporting this year….. they will both be wearing LoveOliver tops to start the 5K.

Best of luck to all of the Love Oliver runners taking part across the weekend!

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Our Official Starter for the EMF 2K Junior Race is Leanne Marshall

Our Official Starter for the EMF 2K Junior Race is Leanne Marshall

Leanne initially nominated her sister Cheryl Murphy to be the Official Starter. Cheryl tragically lost her beautiful daughter Edie (pictured above) suddenly in October 2015. Edie was just over 2 years old.

Leanne said “My sister is Cheryl Murphy and she’s my hero. Despite her all consuming grief that I can never understand, she is determined that despite her grief and Edie’s very short life, something positive will come from that. Just days after Edie’s death, the #FlyHighEdie campaign was started with the competition to win a Thomson holiday dreamliner named “Edie”. She received over 130,000 thousand votes from all over the world and now there is a dreamliner zooming around the world. My sister made that possible.”

“My sister’s determination is something to be admired. She is working hard to raise money for the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh. Not just for Edie but for every family who are living through everyone’s worst nightmare right now. There are lots of runners running to raise funds for the sick kids and my sister would be the perfect person to start the race. There are not enough words to describe my sister really. The best one is hero. Especially since she is still smiling.”

Cheryl now lives in Leeds and unfortunately can’t start the event due to work commitments, however Leanne and her husband will be starting the race in honour of the beautiful Edie and all the family.

Please join us in wishing them all the very best!

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