21 May

Return for Renault as local & international favourites gear up for Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Kenyan Dan Tanui is the star name at this weekend's 17th edition of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. With a PB of 2.15.08, the Project Africa athlete, who is in fine form after winning the Walled City Marathon last June, is set to get the biggest cheers in Sunday's marathon. 

He'll be closely followed by fellow countryman Gideon Cheruiyot Kurgat, who recently completed Belfast Marathon in 2.26.57.
 
Local favourite is Inverurie’s Tom Roche (JSK Running Club). Roche ran a PB of 2.27 at London just last month to finish 44th overall. Having recovered well, he is hoping for a similar time at Edinburgh.
 
For the half marathon distance, Birmingham's Molly Browne is one to watch out for after running 78.26 in Reading this March. Hot on her heels will be Auchtermuchty's Sheena Logan (Fife AC) who's stepped down to the half marathon distance after competing in the marathon last year. After running 1:22.57 at Inverness Half in March, she's looking to improve on this in Edinburgh.
 
Logan said: "I'm looking forward to the race as I've taken some time off over the winter after a good season last year and I like the course in Edinburgh. The festival is a great event." 
 
In the men's race, Birmingham are providing another hopeful in Daniel Robinson who ran the Big Half in 71.53. Greenock's John Bell and Corstorphine's Dougie Selman are also hoping to push at the front.
 
Special mention also has to go out to Edinburgh's Neil Renault (pictured). Neil finished second in Edinburgh Marathon back in 2015, but after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 12 months ago, the last year has been a struggle for him, trying to balance training while understanding how the medication affects him.  
 
Renault said: "I now feel confident that I'm the route back to getting back to PB shape on the marathon (2.18) and half marathon (64.48). Although not in the latter shape just yet, I am still looking for a decent time over the half marathon this year and very much looking forward to racing again on the route of the EMF which was kind to me in 2015."
 
If you want to join them, entries will still available for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival up until Friday 24th May at noon. For more information and to enter, visit the event website.