There was no great escape for Andrew Lemoncello and Freya Murray-Ross as they were denied victories at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run 10K on Sunday (7 October). England's Tom Humphries and Jess Coulson finished first in the men's and women's races as over 8,000 runners took part in the event in glorious autumn sunshine.
Humphries and Lemoncello were shoulder to shoulder for the last 3km of the race before the Englishman produced a late sprint to win by one second - finishing in 29min 23sec.
Lemoncello said afterwards: "Tom belted off from the start but I kept going at my pre-planned pace and managed to get alongside him before he snatched the win. But I'm more than happy.
The Scot, based in Flagstaff, Arizona, is now looking forward to coming back to Scotland for the Commonwealth Games in 2014: "There's plenty to aim for, particularly the Commonwealth Games. Already Glasgow is benefiting from the legacy of the London Olympics. You can feel the atmosphere in the air and I most definitely want to be part of it."
Coulson's victory in the women's race was much more decisive as she broke away from Murray-Ross at the halfway point to cross the line in 33:12. Murray-Ross clocked 33:48 and was quick to praise the thousands of people who had turned up to support her, saying: "The crowds were just fantastic all around the course and gave me a great reception which I really enjoyed. But all credit to Jess who has more than her fair share of injuries and was the better runner on the day.
"I'm going off to San Francisco tomorrow morning and touring California before returning and starting preparations for the World Championships in Moscow next summer. Obviously I'm also looking forward to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. I think every Scot who competes will be determined to show their very best form and I am determined to be a part of it."
Charlie Ward was taking part in her first Bupa 10k, and said: "It was a great route, typical of Edinburgh - lots of ups and downs. The hills were beasts, so going downhill was welcomed! I couldn't have asked for better weather - sunny with a bit of a chill. It's the first Bupa 10K I've done but I found it extremely well organised."
Stephen Mitchell also ran the race and commented on its undulating route: "The course had many ups and downs but the sunshine and great crowd support kept all the runners' spirits high throughout. It was a good fun race."
Some familiar faces took part in the event, including former Taggart star John Michie, who currently plays Karl Monroe in Coronation Street, and Chris Chittell, who plays Eric Pollard in Emmerdale. After performing his duties as honorary starter, Michelin Star chef Tom Kitchin ran in the Business Challenge event with his team from The Kitchin.
For a full list of results visit our race listings page.