There's just over two weeks until Scotland's premier running event - Edinburgh Marathon Festival (EMF) - and excitement is mounting for those taking part in the four senior events (plus the Hairy Haggis relay) and Saturday's junior races.
Participants in the feature marathon on Sunday 27 May will have begun their taper, E-goodybags are now live and websites and Facebook groups are buzzing with pre-event chat. Many of the numerous charity teams will be exchanging last minute advice and good wishes and runners for good causes will be cranking up their fundraising efforts.
One team set for a very special EMF is Edinburgh Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health who will field 134 runners across the two days including the junior races. Team Simpsons' youngest runner is 5-year-old Hannah Teasdale who’s running the Kids’ Kilometre. She is the daughter of midwife and 5k runner Laura Teasdale. The oldest runner taking part is recently retired, Dr Rhona Hughes, who at 60 years old is running the half marathon.
Team Simpsons are running to raise funds for SANDS Lothians, a local charity which provides support for families who’ve experienced the death of their baby. Christina Marshall, Midwife RIE, who originally signed up to run EMF with fellow midwife Maria Wood, said: “SANDS Lothians is one of the charities that we work collaboratively with and signpost families when they leave hospital without their precious baby. They are a small local charity that offers support, understanding and help to bereaved parents. We wanted to give something back in order to help them continue the fantastic work that they do and chose to run in the EMF as it is Scotland's largest running festival and is an ideal platform to raise awareness of baby loss.”
The 134 strong team is made up of midwives, obstetricians, anaesthetists, pathologists, pathology technicians, students, administration and support staff. “The team has brought the whole unit together and there is a massive amount of support and camaraderie for each other. The buzz and excitement it has generated is something very special to be part of. Everyone is highly motivated to do their best running for SANDS Lothians.” said Christina.
Find out more about Team Simpsons' incredible fundraising efforts at their Just Giving page.
Entries for the 2018 Edinburgh Marathon Festival have now closed, with over 35,000 entrants expected to take to the streets of Scotland’s capital on 26/27 May 2018, raising over £5 million for hundreds of charities.
To find out more visit the event website.