Andrew Lemoncello managed to go one better than his second place at last year's Bupa Great Edinburgh Run 10K by winning the men's race at the event yesterday Sunday 14 July. The Fife AC runner had a busy weekend; he was crowned 10,000m gold medallist at the British Championships in Birmingham on Friday, but managed to recover in time to complete the undulating Edinburgh race in an impressive 30:18.
The Arizona-based Scot was content to follow the pace of Ethiopian-born Yared Hagos of Wallsend Harriers for much of the race before overtaking him in the final kilometre much to the delight of the home crowd.
Lemoncello acknowledged the supporters' help when reflecting on his victory: "The home crowd was fantastic today, even though I felt tired they helped make the difference and pushed me on to victory... it's just magic! Last year when I ran I put everything on the line and still came up short so it was great to be able to win today. I did feel tired as I didn't get much sleep because of the jet lag, so I'm just glad I managed to pull it off. The next big one will be the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run, I'm really looking forward to that one, but everything now is focused on the Commonwealth Games in 2014."
The women's race was won by American, Jen Rhines, in 34:22, nearly two minutes ahead of her nearest rival and fastest Scot, Nicola Duncan, who recorded a personal best of 36:34. The pair were joined by thousands of participants, many of whom were charity runners including David McGregor (pictured) who was running for Scottish Adoption.
He told scottishrunningguide.com: "The Bupa Great Edinburgh Run was my first ever 10k race, I have completed a few half marathons before but I was quite nervous about this race mostly because of the number of hills that I found out about after I had signed up to run it. I wanted to finish in 58 minutes but thought the hills and the heat would mean I would finish in about 1 hour 10 minutes. I managed it in 1 hour 15 seconds so I was over the moon!
"While I was running the route I thought to myself that I wouldn't be doing this race again, too many hills, but thinking about it now, it is such a beautiful route, you get great views over the capital city and I am sure it won't be this hot next time which will make a difference."
There were several famous faces taking part in the event including Emmerdale stars, Nicola Wheeler and Vicky Binns, Mr Selfridge actor Trystan Gravelle, Life on Mars star Dean Andrews, and Capital FM dj and comedian Des Clarke.
For a full list of results, visit our race listings page.