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13 Mar

Countdown To Kilomathon

Kilomathon runners

More than 1,100 runners will take to the streets of Edinburgh for the fifth Kilomathon Scotland on Sunday (17 March). The event consists of three races - a 13.1k, 6.55k and 2.62k - and given the date, organisers are hoping to see some St. Patrick's Day-inspired costumes on display.

The 13.1 race starts at Leith Docks, giving runners panoramic views across the Firth of Forth before heading past the Royal Yacht Britannia, and eventually finishing in Murrayfield Stadium. Kenneth Heney currently holds the world record for the distance and is returning to defend his title on Sunday. The 36-year-old engineer raced to victory in April last year crossing the finish line in just 48 minutes and 27 seconds. His time smashed the previous record of 52 minutes 25 seconds set by Neil McEwan at Kilomathon England

Kenneth, who grew up in Edinburgh, said: "Running is a huge part of my life and I love the chance to run through Edinburgh. After months of hard training it was a great reward to win in April last year. I just hope I can do it again on Sunday. It's not often you get the chance to defend a world record!"

Joining Kenneth on Sunday will be Sarah Lindores who is tackling the 13.1 distance for the first time. She told scottishrunningguide.com: "It's nice to have something a bit more challenging than a 10k and nice to have a different location around Edinburgh as most other runs circle Arthur's Seat. It's the longest run I've ever done and I'm new to running."

When asked if she'd be donning any special attire for St Patrick's Day, she replied: "I'll be wearing green but it's more because I'm running for Macmillan Cancer Support than anything else."

For more information, visit the Kilomathon website.