Around 30,000 runners will descend on a sunny Scottish capital this weekend (28-29 May) for Edinburgh Marathon Festival. The weather is predicted to be dry with brights spells for the event, featuring seven races.
Saturday will see runners of all ages and abilities take on a 10K, 5K and two junior races. Then on Sunday, the city plays host to a marathon, half marathon and team relay.
Event director Neil Kilgour spoke of his excitement: “Scotland is preparing to welcome the world to the this amazing city and we look forward to delivering another outstanding Edinburgh Marathon Festival that the nation will be proud of. As a team we are already proud of the effort put in by all of our EMF 2016 runners as they work hard to prepare for the big day.
“In our eyes, every EMF runner is elite and we value every runner’s contribution to the festival in equal measure. However it’s great to have another stellar field this year, cementing Edinburgh’s status as a premier global marathon with genuine world class runners spearheading the race.”
Twitter and Facebook were abuzz with excitement as runners took to to social media before the event:
David Terrace tweeted about how seriously he was taking his fuelling: “Last big training run done for the #Edinburghmarathon. Now for the tapering and more importantly carb loading phase”
Susan Rona Mair posted about her decision to reduce the mileage for this year's event, tweeting: “Swapping the full for the half this year. Edinburgh I can't wait to see you.”
Darren Ross posted on Facebook, reflecting on the tough conditions he's faced in training: “Really looking forward to it, a lot of training on cold evenings in the rain/wind/snow has went into preparing for my first marathon, a niggling knee injury being my only real concern, I hope everyone enjoys their day and achieved their goals."
For more information, visit the Edinburgh Marathon Festival website.