World record holder Kenneth Heney will fly from Dubai to Edinburgh this weekend as he looks to defend his title at Kilomathon Scotland on Sunday (30 September). The 35-year-old engineer raced to victory at the April event this year, completing the 13.1km course in just 48 minutes and 27 seconds - smashing the previous record of 52 minutes 25 seconds set by Neil McEwan at Kilomathon England last year.
Kenneth, who grew up in Edinburgh, is now working in Dubai. He said: "Running is a huge part of my life and I love getting the chance to run through Edinburgh. After months of hard training it was a great reward to win in April. I just hope I can do it again this September. It's not often you get the chance to defend a world record! It's hot over in Dubai at the moment making training difficult in 45C heat."
More than 400 runners have signed up to take part in the event which is among the most scenic race series in the UK. The 13.1k course starts at the Leith Docks with panoramic views across the Firth of Forth before runners head past the famous Royal Yacht Britannia, reaching a memorable finish in Murrayfield Stadium - the home of Scottish rugby.
The Kilomathon events are metric equivalents of the marathon distances, with Sunday's event consisting of a half kilomathon of 13.1k, a quarter of 6.5k and a 2.6k race.
Event director, Neil Kilgour explained: "The big attraction of the 13.1K race is that it is an ideal distance for the many thousands of runners who complete a 10k and until now have found that's the end of the road. The thought of going twice as far and doing a half marathon is quite daunting so our unusual 13.1k distance is very appealing.
“The 6.5k race is perfect for those tens of thousands of runners who happily take on a 5K challenge at a Big Fun Run. And our 2.6k race which is open to children aged six to 14 means there's something for all the family. Our distances, although unusual, will help runners towards their next goal."
Entries are still open for the event. To enter, visit the Kilomathon website