Organisers of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival are holding a free workshop on October 24 at Meadowbank Sports Centre to inspire people to sign up for the two-day event on 24 and 25 May. Runners of all abilities are welcome at the workshop which runs from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Experts will be on hand offering advice on everything from training plans to nutrition, injury prevention to motivational techniques, to help get people in the best possible shape as they work towards longer distances.
Edinburgh Marathon Festival race director, Neil Kilgour, said: "We're proud that runners from more than 100 countries will take part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, starting in the heart of Scotland's capital. For every single runner, their big day will mark the culmination of months of training and hard work. We'd like to help people towards that magical moment when they cross the finish line. Getting together with fellow runners and fitness experts is a great way to get race ready."
Alex McEwan, endurance coach with Edinburgh AC, will lead coaching sessions with individually designed training schedules to suit every Edinburgh Marathon Festival race distance from 5k to 10k, the half marathon to the full 26.2 miles. Sarah Dempster, a nutritionist and personal trainer with Edinburgh Leisure, will be on hand with plenty of advice on the best things to eat to fuel a race performance to be proud of and experts from our retail partner, Run and Become, will share their knowledge and experience on all things running.
Cancer survivor David Hilton who has run in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival twice will talk about the difference that Macmillan Cancer Support makes to people's lives. David of Glenrothes, Fife was just 17 when he was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour. He and his family describe the charity as a lifeline during tough months of treatment. Today, fully recovered, David, now 21, is a student at Dundee University.
David said: "During the race there were highs and lows, just like my cancer treatment. But when the finish was in sight I knew I could make it, just like I could beat cancer. I'll never forget the support Macmillan Cancer Support gave me when I was ill."
Runners wishing to attend must book in advance as the event was a sell out last year. Tickets are issued on a first come first served basis. A maximum of four tickets per person are available and runners are advised to attend the training workshop dressed ready to run.
To sign up go to the Edinburgh Marathon Festival website.