An exciting elite field has been announced for the men’s and women’s races at Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday (29 May). Athletes from across the globe will descend upon the Scottish capital looking to drop some quick times in ahead of the Rio Olympics.
In the men’s field, Peter Wanjiru of Kenya will start as favourite after his victory at 2015 Edinburgh Marathon. He will be looking to improve on his 2:12 personal best. Compatriot, Boaz Kiprono who also has a best of 2:12 could challenge. Kiprono has had previous success on British soil, storming to victory at Bournemouth Marathon last year. American Chris Zablocki is also a contender. The 2:15 runner will take to the start line in Edinburgh having already run three marathons this year and looking to improve on his season’s best of 2:18.
The fastest entrant in the women’s field is Ukranian Olena Burkovska, with a PB of 2:27. She will face stiff competition from Kenyans Hildah Cheboi and Eddah Jepkosgei. Dunblane-based Hungarian marathon runner Fanni Gyurko could also feature as she aims to go under 2:40.
Abi Beautyman, Edinburgh Marathon Festival elite coordinator, looked ahead to what should be an exciting battle at the front of the race: “We’re excited to see who will come out on top with some really strong runners in both the men’s and women’s fields. The course is quick and we’re hopeful for some good running conditions which should lend itself to some fast times.”
Second only to London in terms of size in the UK, Edinburgh Marathon Festival takes place in Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh and continues through East Lothian. There are seven races on offer, guaranteeing something for everyone from seasoned runner to charity fundraiser and beginners. The fun kicks off on Saturday 28 May at Holyrood Park with a 10K, 5K and two junior races. On Sunday 29 May, the Edinburgh marathon, half marathon and team relay starts from the heart of Edinburgh and continues through East Lothian offering stunning views and an unforgettable running experience.
For more information visit the Edinburgh Marathon Festival website.