Edinburgh and East Lothian provided a typical 'four seasons in one day' for the finale to the 2014 Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Over 30,000 visitors and local runners took part in a spectacular sporting weekend in the capital but it was pre-race favourite David Toniok who took top honours, breaking the tape on 2:15:33. The Kenyan missed out on the course record by just 7 seconds, a headwind in the later stages thwarting his hopes of lowering the fastest time.
Fellow Kenyan athlete Japhet Koech, star of the international best selling running book ‘Running with the Kenyans’ finished second in 2:16:29 seconds. His participation in Edinburgh has been, in part, paid for by crowd funding from within the running community and the Edinburgh Marathon delivery team. Third place was Kenyan Elicky Kipchoge Mase in 2:17:29.
Toniok led the IAAF bronze label Edinburgh Marathon road race for the first 7 miles then at mile 8 the first three formed a lead pack reaching mile 10 together. At the half way point fellow Kenyan Linus Maiyo, 31, joined the group until mile 19. Koech pushed the pace pulling the group away from Maiyo. At mile 22, Toniok accelerated to give enough distance to finish the Edinburgh Marathon as winner.
Toniok said: “I enjoyed running with the others. Running by the sea was lovely. Edinburgh is such a nice city. I’m happy with my finish time.” Runner-up Koech commented: “I felt today was a better run for me than last year. I felt really prepared.”
The fastest female finisher was a very happy Kateryna Stetsenko, 32, from the Ukraine who crossed the finish line in 2:36:7 ahead of last year’s female winner Risper Kimaiyo from Kenya (2:39:52). Third female finisher was French athlete Adeline Roche (2:47:03).
Kateryna said “It was a dream to win and I enjoyed running most of the race with Risper. At mile 21 I thought I felt ready so I began to pull away. I am now going to enjoy a well earned rest!”
Kerry Liam Wilson, 43, Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers was the first Scot to cross the finish line in 2:28:04: “I’ve been averaging about 93 miles a week so I’m happy with a 2:28 finish as I hit a low period in March/April so to come back and finish in this time is good.”
Edinburgh Half Marathon 2104 was won by Central AC's Ross Houston, 34, in 1:07:16. “A lead pack formed early and we pretty much stayed together most of the way. At the turn at 11 miles, and with the wind, I managed a stronger finish. I’m delighted with my result.”
Houston now heads for the Commonwealth Games Marathon in Glasgow.
Antonio Silva, 27, from Queens Park Harriers came second only 27 seconds behind Ross with local lad Max McNeill, 20, from Lothian RC smashing his PB to finish in 1:08:02. Max said: “I’m really really pleased that I set a new PB here in Edinburgh. I tried to hang in with the lead pack but they pushed an early pace. My legs began to ache so I dropped back a bit but got back in along the coast but Ross kicked in and I couldn’t stay with them. I’m over the moon!”
First female half marathon winner was Gladys Ganiel, 37, North Belfast Harriers in 1:17:26. Second female was Hunters Bog Trotter Shona Mcintosh(1:18:39). “Being a local lass I had to run it. I’m so pleased with my time considering the conditions.” Shona finished just ahead of Hayley Haining, 42 (1:19:51). Hayley took part in the Half Marathon as part of her preparation for the Marathon at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.