In an interesting change to Scotland's running calendar, the 2011 Bupa Great Edinburgh Run will take place on October 2 rather than its traditional May date. May is a busy month for big races in the capital and indeed across the country with the Glasgow Women's 10K kicking things off at the beginning of the month and the Edinburgh Marathon Festival (which includes not only the marathon but a half marathon, 10K and 5K as well) taking place over the weekend of May 21/22.
The decision to move the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run from spring to autumn will allow people to enjoy running in 'big' Edinburgh races at different times of the year. Lynsey Stephenson, communications manager of Nova International told SCOTTISH RUNNING GUIDE: "Autumn is a very popular time of year for running and we feel the time is right for the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run to have a more prominent space in the Scottish running calendar."
Announced earlier this week, the change in date has already sparked debate among runners as to whether it is a good move or not, with some questioning the timing of the race just two weeks prior to the Great North Run and others unhappy with the October date claiming that time of year is 'dull and miserable'.
The debate will no doubt continue, but one thing for sure is that organisers are aiming to make the 2011 race bigger and better than ever. The run attracts runners of all abilities from across the UK and has grown significantly in terms of the number of participants in recent years. The route will remain the same - starting and finishing in Holyrood Park and taking in many of the city's famous historic attractions including Edinburgh Castle, the cobbles of the Royal Mile and the Scottish Parliament building.
Runners of all ages are catered for, with the Bupa Junior and Mini Great Edinburgh Runs taking place on the same day. These two races cover 2.5K and 1.5K respectively and are suitable for youngsters of all abilities from ages three to 14 years.
Entries for the event are now open and organisers believe that the new date will be popular with runners and fit well into the autumn running calendar, why not let us know if you agree in our comments section below?
For more information or to enter online visit: www.greatrun.org.