Olympian, Liz McColgan, launched the first Scottish Half Marathon earlier today in Edinburgh. The former world champion at the 13.1 mile distance officially marked the opening of entries for the event which is set to become an exciting fixture in the running calendar.
Thousands are expected to sign up for the inaugural race which will be held on Saturday 6 September 2014. Liz, who also held the world record for the half marathon, said the Scottish Half Marathon promises to offer one of the fastest races in the UK and showcase the scenery of East Lothian along the golf coast. Runners are expected to raise thousands for charity at the event which has Cancer Research UK as its official charity.
Liz, 49, said: "I'm proud to launch the first Scottish Half Marathon. I love the half marathon distance. It's entirely different from the full marathon. The half marathon is a really challenging event that you have to train for - but at the same time it's achievable for most people. It allows you to set a goal but it's within most people's capabilities to go out and run a half marathon.
"The half marathon is a chance for you to enjoy a personal achievement and raise thousands of pounds for charity. It's a great opportunity for people to participate in something they can feel really proud of."
For those seeking a PB, race director, Neil Kilgour, had some good news: "If you want to train hard and set a personal best for the half marathon distance then this is the race for you. We have developed a route that is predominantly downhill and consequently is seriously rapid given the right training. By starting conveniently at 11am just outside Edinburgh, you can take part and run along the magnificent golf coast before finishing in front of the grandstand of Scotland's oldest racecourse. Come and be a part of it and deliver your personal best. This race will deliver perfect running conditions that will reward runners for all their efforts in training and on race day."
Entries for the race are now open with an early bird discounted entry offer valid until midnight on September 30, 2013. To sign up for the Scottish Half Marathon go to the event website.