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14 Mar

Mackie Defends Kilomathon Title

Bryan Mackie

Edinburgh AC runner Bryan Mackie has the chance to successfully defend his title and beat his own course record at Kilomathon Scotland on Sunday (16 March). Bryan raced home to the finish line at the Edinburgh event in just 45 minutes and 05 seconds in 2013, smashing the existing record held by Kenneth Heney.

Considered one of the most scenic race series in Scotland, the race starts at Leith Docks, featuring panoramic views across the Firth of Forth before runners head past the Royal Yacht Britannia, eventually reaching the finish line at Murrayfield Stadium.

The Kilomathon events are metric equivalents of the marathon distances. Kilomathon Scotland consists of three different distances - 3.1k, 6.55k, and 2.62k. The 13.1k race is an ideal distance for runners who can complete a 10k but until now have found that's the end of the road. The 6.55k race is perfect for runners who happily take on a 5K challenge at events like Big Fun Runs. The 2.62k race is open to children aged six to 14 and means there’s something for all the family.

Zara Edwards will be running her seventh race out of 30 at Kilomathon to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Zara told scottishrunningguide.com: “I am turning 30 in May and decided to challenge myself and take part in 30 races (including Edinburgh parkrun on my 30th birthday). The races range from 5ks to half marathons and include Kilomathon, Troon Tortoises10K, Edinburgh Half Marathon, Great North Run, Amsterdam Half Marathon, Bupa Women’s 10K, Great Scottish Run Half Marathon, as well as various parkruns.

“I am not a very fast runner and I am never going to break any world records but I am just happy to join in and take part while raising some money for a great cause. I wanted to do something to push myself this year.”

For more information, visit the Kilomathon Scotland website. To sponsor Zara, visit her Just Giving page.