More than 5000 competitors sampled the new 10-mile route at the Great Edinburgh Run on Sunday (27 April). The men's race was won by European silver medallist Chris Thompson (49:36) with cross country specialist Gemma Steel victorious in the women's event, clocking a time of 56:06.
33-year-old Thompson spoke after the race of the self-imposed pressure to win: “I did run with a bit of baggage. I thought, ‘I must win this.’ And that weighed on my mind. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be Mo (Farah) in the Olympics, having to think like that. It was weird. It’s not normal for me to expect to win. I go into races wanting to win but this is different. Coming second would have been a disappointment.”
Scot, Susan Partridge finished second in the women's event, 19 seconds behind Steel. She said afterwards: "“It was a test to see where I’m at. It’s only the start of my build-up to the Commonwealths so I don’t need to be flying. For me it went better than I was expecting.”
Participants were entertained by a 50-piece rock choir, a student band, the Capital FM street stars stage, all-female drumming band Sheboom and bagpipers from George Heriot’s School at each mile marker.
For a full list of results, visit our race listings page.