Edinburgh Marathon celebrates its 13th anniversary this weekend as part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. And thousands of runners will descend on the Scottish capital for the event, which includes a half marathon, 10k, 5k and junior races alongside the feature marathon.
Lucky 13 For Edinburgh Marathon
The marathon will see Kenyan rivals David Toniok and Japhet Koech renew their rivalry, after Toniok pipped Koech to the post to win the 2014 men’s race. Koech is running Edinburgh for the third year in a row after an online campaign helped raise £1,500 to cover the cost of the trip of his first outing in 2013. He was also featured in Adharanand Finn’s bestselling book Running with the Kenyans.
There will be plenty of UK talent on display at the race too with England’s Commonwealth Games athlete Steve Way leading the domestic men’s field, and local Neil Renault of Edinburgh AC also competing. In the women’s race, Joan Kigen of Kenya will be the favourite with Charlotte Firth from Windsor the leading Briton.
Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival race director, said: "Scotland is preparing to welcome the world to Edinburgh this year and we’re proud to bring you one of the nation’s most exciting sporting weekends.
“Edinburgh Marathon Festival has it all – a great city that acts as a stunning backdrop to the event’s proceedings and a programme of races that means that everyone is catered for from children to marathon veterans.”
For more information, visit the Edinburgh Marathon Festival website.