29 May

Scott Is Four Race Edinburgh Marathon Festival Hero

Julius Kiplagat Korir - winner Edinburgh Marathon 2017

One star among the 30,000 plus who took part in this weekend's Edinburgh Marathon Festival was local man Scott Hutchison. Scott completed the 5k and 10k on Saturday before rising early for Sunday's half marathon and, subsequently the 26.2 mile headline event.

The challenge, just short of 49 miles, was undertaken to assist Arthritis Research UK and Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust as both his dad and mother-in-law have been severely impacted by this in recent years.

Post-marathon Scott said: “That’s probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life, my body is absolute agony! Half way through the marathon was the hardest part of today, but I’m so chuffed that I finished and can’t wait to put my feet up and enjoy a barbecue!”

The business end of the race was dominated by Kenyans. Julius Kiplagat Korir (pictured) broke the tape after breaking clear in the last few miles to blow away the opposition in 2:17:13 seconds.

Fellow Kenyan, Stanley Kiprotich Bett took second place in 2:19:09 seconds, followed closely by crowd favourite and star of ‘Running with the Kenyans', Japhet Koech (2:20:35).

The women’s race was dominated by Kenyan Eddah Jepkosgei. She led from the gun to achieve a six minute victory in 2:37:46. The podium was completed by Belarusian Olga Dubovskaya (2:43:40), and Gala Harrier Dianne Lauder (2:54:48).

There was more international success in the half marathon where Italian Pasquale Roberto Rutigliano (1:09:39) finished ahead of Hunters Bog Trotter’s Patryk Gierjatowicz (1:10:42).

Glasgow’s Avril Mason (1:19:49) was the winner in the women’s race finishing just eight seconds ahead of Birmingham’s Molly Browne.

Saturday saw Holyrood Park bathed in glorious sunshine as 6,000 runners took part in 10k, 5k and junior races, supported by thousands more friends and family savouring the big event atmosphere. 18-year-old Anisha Badial clocked a winning 19:51 in the 5k. Other winners were - 10K: Renaud Vincent (France) and Alice Burgin (Bedford); and 5K: Lorenzo Masi.

Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival Director, said: "2017 has been another incredible year for Edinburgh Marathon Festival with record-breaking performances, tens of thousands of participants and millions raised for good causes.

Check out all EMF 2017 results from the runABC Scotland race listing page.


  1. George Sherriffs said...

    Perthshire dad Daniel Kershaw also ran all four races. The marathon being his 72nd!!! He raises funds for War Child and other local charities. He is a real hero!