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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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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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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Paul Brown
Local hero running 500 miles in 5 weeks for SANDS Lothians

Local hero running 500 miles in 5 weeks for SANDS Lothians

Paul Brown, a local community hero from West Lothian, has set his biggest and most gruelling fundraising challenge yet – running 500 miles in 5 weeks for local charity, SANDS Lothians.

Paul will be running every day of the week, morning and night for 5 weeks. His challenge will culminate in completing the 5k, 10k, half and full marathon at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. All money raised will support the vital work of SANDS Lothians, a charity that looks after families whose baby has died in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Paul is well known for his amazing fundraising efforts, having raised £5,500 for various charities and local groups by taking part in over 10 marathons, including the Seven in Seven Days challenge in 2016, three ultra-marathons, swims and an Ironman event. For all his fundraising last year, he has recently been voted the “West Lothian Courier and The Centre Local Hero”. When he is not running, Paul works as Commercial Insurance Broker and in his spare time, is a personal trainer to help people who are looking to get in shape.

The ‘500 miles for SANDS’ challenge will start in the last week of April and end at the marathon finish line at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on Sunday 28th May. If you would like to support him, you can do this on his JustGiving page.

In 2016, Paul was first motivated to support SANDS Lothians, alongside other local charities and groups, when he completed the Seven in Seven Days marathon challenge. Although not having direct experience of baby loss, throughout the year he had continued to be moved by the stories of the families the charity support. He was especially touched by Nicky Reynolds’ story of her beautiful baby boy, Ramsay. Ramsay was tragically born sleeping on the 12th February 2015, because of complications with blood vessels in the umbilical cord, a condition called ’Vasa Praevia’. SANDS Lothians supported Nicky and she kindly shared her story and pictures of her precious Ramsay, which inspired Paul to create this new challenge for 2017.

Paul said, “I want the families supported by SANDS Lothians to know that although I am not someone that has been through what they have – I have been touched by the things that I have read and the photos I have seen. So, I thought why not challenge myself and raise money for a good cause – even if it means getting a few blisters, it’s worth it.” Nicky Reynolds, Ramsay’s mother explained, “The physically demanding challenges Paul has completed in the past, and the one he is now undertaking on behalf of Sands Lothians, are all amazing feats by anyone’s standards. What makes it even more special, is the fact that Paul has been so touched by the stories of our precious babies – in particular my beloved baby boy Ramsay. It brings some small comfort, that through death, my little boy can make a difference to other bereaved families, and help raise awareness of the wonderful work Sands Lothians does Work that is utterly priceless, but also vital in providing initial and ongoing support to families facing their worst nightmare.”

Nicola Welsh, SANDS Lothians’ Chief Executive stated, “We are thrilled that Paul has decided to support us again this year with such an awe-inspiring challenge. We have been touched by his passion and determination to raise money and awareness for the families that we support. Paul will always be our hero and we look forward to celebrating his 500th mile at the finish line of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival!”

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival is the biggest sports event of the year for SANDS Lothians and they still need a few more runners to get involved. Email [email protected] for more information. For further information: Angie Alexander, Fundraising Manager 0131 622 6263 / [email protected]

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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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Eagan Duncan
Three year-old Eagan set to take on the Kids’ Kilometre in Edinburgh for Team Macmillan
ONE OF the youngest ever Edinburgh Marathon Festival runners, Eagan Duncan, is set to take on the challenge of the Kids’ Kilometre this May to raise funds for Team Macmillan.

Three year old Eagan from Edinburgh loves being active and his mum, Cheryl, saw the Kids’ Kilometre event on Saturday 27th May as the perfect opportunity for him to combine having lots of fun with raising money for a worthy cause.

Cheryl said “We chose to support Team Macmillan as Eagan’s Grandad had a close call with bowel cancer a few years ago, but thanks to early screening he was treated quickly and continues to have yearly check ups. Macmillan was a valuable source of information and advice during this time.”

The Kids’ Kilometre is a brand new event which was added to the Edinburgh Marathon Festival this year due to the popularity of the junior races.

Marketing Director, Annette Drummond, said: “We’re pleasantly surprised at the popularity of our ever-growing junior races and decided to add two new events to the festival this year in order to make it more inclusive to our younger runners. Eagan is a fantastic example of how EMF can help little ones do something active, whilst raising money at the same time.”

If you’d like to support Eagan in his fundraising efforts, you can donate to his JustGiving page here – https://www.justgiving.com/eagan-duncan

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival junior races are filling up fast and are expected to reach capacity in the next few weeks. For more information and to enter, visit 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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