There's good news for anyone who wants to sample the Great Edinburgh Run experience on 19 April but doesn't fancy running the full 10 miles. The event will this year include a two-person relay option for the first time.
The relay event was launched last week by Team Scotland athletes and brothers Derek and Callum Hawkins (pictured). The new Team Relay event will allow teams of two to complete the 10 mile course between them. The first section of the course will cover approximately 4.75 miles of hilly terrain and the second section will follow a gentler 5.25 mile route, including a downhill final mile. Both full 10 mile runners and Team Relay runners will start and finish at Holyrood Park, with the Grassmarket hosting the Team Relay changeover point.
Andy Mitchelmore, from organisers Nova International, said: “The Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run has been a key fixture in the Scottish running calendar since 2005. The introduction of the 10 mile course in 2014 was a great success, especially for those looking for the next step in running to bridge the gap between a 10k and half marathon.
“We decided to include a Team Relay option in this year’s Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run to provide an opportunity for runners who are more comfortable with a shorter distance to still be part of the day. This is the only city centre running event in Edinburgh so participants will see some iconic sites in both the full 10 mile course and Team Relay. Entry is now open and I look forward to welcoming runners to Edinburgh on Sunday 19 April.”
There will also be kids’ events with the Morrisons Junior and Mini Great Edinburgh Run also held on 19 April at 2.5k and 1.5k distances respectively.For more information, go to the event website.