25 May

Commonwealth Spirit At Marathon Festival

the start at Edinburgh Marathon Festival

The opening day of Edinburgh Marathon Festival (Saturday 24 April) had a real Commonwealth flavour with Australian Games hopeful Harry Summers first in the 10K and Canadian teenager Lewis Kent claiming the 5K prize. The international flavour continued as Mizumi Inagaki, 34, originally from Japan but now resident in Oxford, was first woman in the 10K (41:38).  Local pride was restored in the 5K by Falkirk Victoria Harrier Robyn Maxtone (20:59).

Conditions were excellent for large fields in both races at Holyrood Park, and Harry Summers took full advantage. The 24-year-old reigning Australian 10k road champion set a new course record for the 10k racing to the finish line in just 31:09 seconds beating Edinburgh AC runner Bryan Mackie’s previous time by 3 minutes.

Harry said: “The previous 10k record was fast but I’m pleased I beat it. I sat back in the lead group for most of the race leaving them to play cat and mouse but then it came to the downhill and I smashed it”. Harry, who will be competing in the 10,000 event at Glasgow 2014, added: “I’m in good shape for the Commonwealth Games and this was a great lead race ahead of it”.

Derek Hawkins, 25, Kilbarchan AAC, finished second in 31:13. Derek is selected for the Glasgow 2014 Marathon and said: “I’m happy with my race. Running with Harry was a great experience. I had the lead uphill but when it came to the downhill he took off. I’ve never seen anyone go like that.“ Talking ahead of Glasgow 2014 he added: “I’m in a decent place ahead of the Commonwealth Games”.

The first woman home in the 10k race Mizumi Inagaki, said: “I am so pleased to add the 10k to my CV. This is my fourth race in the UK but my first female win! I decided to run in Edinburgh as I wanted to race here as well as make a stay of it and enjoy all the sights of the city.”

The EMF 5k record fell to Lewis Kent, 19, winning in 17:27.  He said: “I was born in Scotland but moved to Canada when I was two. I have relatives in Glasgow so I decided to combine a holiday to see them with my race. This is my first Scottish win. I’m so so proud! I’m now going home to run another 5k on 8 June 8th in my home town of Mississauga - I hope I do as well!”

Superfit Steve Bonthrone, is running all four races in the EMF 2014 raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, in memory of his dad who lost his short battle with oesophageal cancer in July 2013. Steve said: “I’m running the 5k and 10k, half and full marathon to honour my dad’s memory as he inspired me to take up running and took me along to my first run when I was young."