Over 2000 runners took part in Kilomathon on Sunday (29 March), as Bryan Mackie of Edinburgh AC set a new course record of 43 minutes 41 seconds for the 13.1K distance. The route showed Edinburgh at its very best, starting at the Ocean Terminal, with views over the Firth of Forth, before heading past the famous Royal Yacht Britannia and then on to the home of Scottish rugby BT Murrayfield Stadium.
Record-breaker Mackie Masters Kilomathon
The 36-year-old was thrilled to defend his title as well as smash his previous record time set last year. He said: “I’m so pleased with my time. It’s a really challenging route and I’m really happy with my run. The conditions were good, it threatened yesterday to be really blowy but thankfully the wind died down so it made for a pleasurable running experience.”
Dorothy Mathie, 44, from Edinburgh, was the first woman home, completing the 13.1K in 53:26. She commented: “I’m really happy with my win, I didn’t expect it at all. The route is great - flat - and provides great views of Edinburgh. The finish is spectacular at Murrayfield Stadium too!”
The event also featured a 6.55K race, won in 26:00 by Adrian Lewis, 43, from Aberdare Valley AC. Katherine Thomson, 29, of Aberdeenshire was the first woman home in the 6.55K race in 33:52.
The race is one of 30 events Katherine will complete this year. She explained: “To mark my 30th birthday later this year, I decided to challenge myself and do something special. Kilomathon is my fifth challenge and my first win. It is great event and has given me a boost of confidence for the rest of my challenges, including the half marathon at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in May.”
Dozens of youngsters took part in the 2.62K Mini Kilomathon race with Josh Abbott, 13, from Chirnside Chasers coming top of the juniors, finishing around 1 minute ahead of the rest of the field in just 8 minutes and 38 seconds. He said: “I am really happy with my run. It felt great crossing the finish line first - what a buzz!”
Anyone wishing to pre-register to be first to know when entries open for Kilomathon 2016 can do so at the Kilomathon website.