The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series made its UK debut on Sunday (April 15) as 5,000 runners took part in the inaugural half marathon event in Edinburgh. For only the second time in the series' history the race was won by a female, Portuguese runner Leonor Carneiro, who completed the 13.1 miles in 1:16.05.
Leonor, a seasoned runner boasting sixth place in the 2007 Berlin Marathon, finished 9 seconds ahead of the Czech Republic's Jan Pichil (1:16:14). Andrew Hillier completed what was a closely fought top trio with 1:16:18. Tess Fremont-cote was the mid-point runner in 2:01:35, whilst the last competitor home finished in 3:40:36.
Runners from a total of 30 countries, including Lebanon, USA, Australia, Brazil, Finland, and South Africa, were united in song as Caitlyn Vanbeck, winner of Edinburgh's Got Talent, performed 'Flower of Scotland'. The course offered runners the chance to take in some of Edinburgh's most scenic views including the Meadows, the Mound, the Queen's Palace at Holyrood, and the Scottish Parliament building. At the final stretch, competitors travelled down the Royal Mile with a glimpse of Arthur's Seat in the background.
At each mile point along the route, runners, many of whom had got dressed up for the occasion, were entertained by some of Scotland's hottest up and coming bands including Hitchcock Blonde, Millsyeck, the Detours, Red 2 Red and Japan Four. After completing the race, runners were treated to a post-race concert headlined by indie rock band Kassidy.
Shannon Davis, event marketing manager, commented: "Over 5,000 runners travelled from around the world and we hope that everyone has had a fantastic day. We have had a great reception here in Edinburgh and this has been one of our most exciting and energetic races to date - we're already looking forward to returning in 2013!"
Visit scottishrunningguide.com for a full breakdown of the results.