The dust has barely settled on the successful 2014 Edinburgh Marathon Festival last weekend but discounted places are already available for next year’s race on Saturday 30 May and Sunday 31 May. Last weekend’s event was an overwhelming success with around 30,000 competitors pounding the pavements of the Scottish capital.
One of those 30,000 was East Renfrewshire MP, Jim Murphy. The shadow secretary of state ran the marathon on Sunday for two charities - the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Homeless World Cup. He was one of the first on the scene for the Glasgow helicopter crash.
Jim said afterwards: “Today's Edinburgh Marathon was a fantastic event. I've only run the London and Dublin marathons before and this was every bit as brilliant. Despite the weather the runners and spectators had a great day. My only wee regret is that because of injury I tried to run without training but managed to finish in 3.47. Well done to the organisers and volunteers and a massive thanks to those who cheered us on.”
Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival director, is encouraging participants to sign up for next year’s event sooner rather than later: “Now is the time to make 2015 your year. The earlier you sign up the better, both to guarantee a place and set aside plenty of time to work out a sound training programme so you’re in peak condition on the big day.”
Mark Cooper (pictured), 31, from Edinburgh can’t wait to sign up. It will be the fourth time he’s run the Edinburgh Marathon. He said: “I plan to run EMF 2015 because it's in Edinburgh, has a great atmosphere and the course allows for a PB opportunity. It’s a beautiful and fast route. The crowds cheering along this year’s route made it a great day so I’d recommend it to people out there thinking about taking on a challenge next year.”
Nicola Duncan (pictured), 32, of Portobello Running Club, is looking forward to EMF 2015. She finished 2:33:28 in this year’s London Marathon, only 8 seconds under the female Edinburgh Marathon course record of 2:33:36 set by Zinaida Semenova of Russia in 2005, making her a favourite to win next year. Nicola said: “I'm excited about running in EMF 2015, it's a great fast course! I will definitely be aiming to race in Edinburgh next year - I've finished second and third in the past so would be great to complete the hat trick!”
Early bird entries are now open for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. To do so, visit the EMF website. You can also like the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Facebook page, follow EMF on Twitter and tweet about the event using the hashtag #edinburghmarathon