|Edinburgh Marathon and 5k.
Reports – David Jones.
The Edinburgh Marathon is fast and flat. The course was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World.
Starting on Potterrow, in the grounds of one of the oldest Universities in the world, this incredible city centre start takes runners through the very heart of Edinburgh. It meanders down the historic Royal Mile, heading towards and past the somewhat controversial Scottish Parliament building.
It takes in spectacular views of Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags as well as the Palace of Holyrood, before heading east towards the coast. As runners turn and head back along the coast, they see the finish line ahead.
With a descent of almost 90 metres to near sea level, the organisers’ believe that this is one of the fastest marathon routes in the world.
Club member Adam Evans completed the race in 3:24.23, to finish in 551st out of the 7300 finishers.
Adam commented that he really enjoyed the course, that the support was great and in typical Scottish fashion they had all four seasons in a day. The headwind coming into Musselborough was pretty strong but he was proud of finishing the race only a minute slower than Brighton, just 6 weeks ago.
His next marathon is New York in November.
The race was won by Dan Tanui in a time of 2:30.13
Two of the club’s talented junior endurance runners competed in the Edinburgh 5k..
The beautifully scenic route took runners around Holyrood Park in the heart of Edinburgh, with stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and panoramic views of the city. The route passes St. Margaret’s Loch before starting the ascent around the east side of Arthur’s Seat before passing Dunsapie Loch.
On the far side of Arthur’s seat and approaching the halfway point, runners enjoyed spectacular views of Duddingston Loch below and across the southside of Edinburgh and beyond, towards the Pentland Hills with the knowledge that the rest of the route is flat and downhill.
The last 250m section ran back through the start line and then turns left onto Holyrood Gait and the finish line.
First of our club runners to finish was 13 year old Charley Marshall, who completed the course in 21.42, finishing in 47th place and 9th female finisher.
Charley was followed by 12 year old Molly Bullock, who’s time of 23.48 ensured she finished 84th out of the 1500 finishers.
The race was won by George Collins in 17.11 and the first female finisher, in 13th place, was Valencia Wright with a time of 19.23.