An exciting elite line-up will take to the streets of Edinburgh and East Lothian for the 2017 Edinburgh Marathon next month. Athletes from across the globe will descend upon the Scottish capital on 28 May as Edinburgh continues to establish itself as a must-do event.
In the men’s field, Ihor Russ of Ukraine will start as favourite after his victory at the Kharkiv International Marathon, while Kenyan Stanley Bett will follow closely on his heels having had previous success on British soil – storming to victory at Bournemouth Marathon last year.
This year’s event also sees the return of Kenya’s Japhet Koech; a regular at Edinburgh Marathon, finishing third in 2016 and second in 2014. The fastest entrant in the women’s field is Belarusian Olena Duboskaya, with tough competition expected from Kenyan pairing Pennina Ndungu and Eddah Jepkosgei who triumphed at the Edinburgh Marathon last year.
A strong British contingent will also be aiming for success: Peter Le Grice (Bristol & West/Mounts Bay) who clocked a time of 2:23:16 at last year's London Marathon, and Tom Charles of Trafford AC, who finished second in the 2017 Greater Manchester Marathon.
Scotland’s Hayley Haining (Kilbarchan) will be looking to record her first triumph in the women’s race, having finished second in 2015 and third in 2012 and 2014. Also in the field will be Greater Manchester Marathon winner Georgie Bruinvels (Aldershot Farnham) and local favourite Dianne Lauder of Gala Harriers, who finished sixth in last year’s race.
Further information can be found on the event website.