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3 Apr

Records Smashed At Kilomathon

Kilomathon 2012 by Jody Hazelgrove

A record number of more than 800 runners enjoyed glorious sunshine on Sunday (April 1) at the Edinburgh Kilomathon. In what was the third staging of the 13.1k event, Kenneth Heney set a new course record, finishing in 48:27. Starting at the Leith Docks, runners were provided with stunning views over the Firth of Forth and the famous Royal Yacht Britannia, before a grandstand finish at Murrayfield Stadium. Kenneth Heney's performance of 48:27 sliced almost four minutes off Neil McEwan's record at the Kilomathon England last year.

Kenneth, a 35-year-old engineer from London, was thrilled to set a new record at the event: "It's a fantastic result and a great reward after months of hard training. Running is a huge part of my life and I loved the chance to run through Edinburgh in the sun today. My next big target is the Milan marathon and I'm also back for the 10th year in a row for the Edinburgh marathon in May."

Edinburgh student Gail Stride, 23, was the first woman home, completing the course in 57:01. Gail commented: "I can't wait to tell my friends although most of them are students, so they will probably still be in bed because it was an early start this morning."

The Kilomathon events are metric equivalents of the marathon distances with Sunday's races being a half kilomathon of 13.1k, a quarter of 6.5k and a 2.6k race. Yesterday's 2.5k race was won by Attila Emmer, 36, from Budapest, in 23:57.

Kae Tinto Murray, 40, of Edinburgh, was the first woman home in the 6.5k race in 34 minutes 43 seconds. The mother of two was running for Cancer Research UK, one of Kilomathon Scotland's official charities. Together with her twin daughters Olivia and Devenee, 12, the family aim to raise more than £3,000 with seven fitness challenges this year. Kae said: "Everyone knows someone with cancer. More money is needed for research into this disease and I'm thrilled to get such a great result today."

You can view all of the results from Sunday's Kilomathon at scottishrunningguide.com