31 May

Daisy Is Day One Heroine At Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Daisy Moll

Day 1 of Edinburgh Marathon Festival unfolded in bright conditions for 4,000 participants in the 10k, 5k and junior races. Falkirk Harrier Ryan Beattie (32:54) raced round to take first place in the 10k ahead of David Limmer (34:27). Ryan caught up with brother Steven (3rd in 34:52) on the podium.

Carnegie Harrier Karen Kennedy was fastest lady in 40:58 with Amanda Valentine (42.20) and Sarah Queen (43.21) following. Midpoint runner was Elizabeth Oldcorn (1:02:25) and the 10k field closed on 01:44:40.

5k glory went to Jordan Chapman (16:32), a previous winner from Aberdeen AAC after a good contest with Brendan Mcmillan (16.49). In the women's race 16-year-old Katie MaCaskill from Ottowa stopped her watch on 20:37 to finish first. She's now looking forward to watching her parents -  Kim and Ken - in today's marathon. Brynne O'Neill (33:18) was the mid-point runner and the field closed on 1:05:17.

First boy and girl across the 2K finish line were Lewis Dow in 6.58 and Alisha Sivell in 7.09 while in the 1.5K, congratulations go to Ben Stronach (5.49) and Freya Murdoch (6.09).

However the undoubted heroine of Day 1 of Edinburgh Marathon Festival was Daisy Moll (pictured). The 12-year-old completed her first running event (the 5K) as part of a fundraising challenge for Maggie’s in which she will complete a half marathon over two weeks. Daisy, who lost her mum at a young age to cancer, has already raised over £1900 for Maggie’s via Just Giving.