Organisers of Edinburgh Marathon Festival will have to consider awarding local favourite Bryan Mackie a special trophy if he adds any more EMF 10K successes to the third consecutive triumph he notched up yesterday. The Edinburgh AC ace raced home in 33:53, a new course record. Rebecca Wallace was first lady, stopping the clock on 39:40.
Post-race Bryan Mackie said: "I was loving it out there today and it feels brilliant to make this a hat trick. The secret to running quickly is training hard and having good friends who understand when you can't go always go on big nights out. I love the 10k. It's my sort of race and I'm definitely going to be out celebrating tonight."
For trainee accountant Rebecca Wallace her 10k victory was a boost ahead of jetting off to Bermuda this summer to represent the Isle of Man in the International Island Games, competing with islanders from 23 islands across the world.
Jordan Chapman from Aberdeen AC who is just 16 won the 5K race in 17:33 seconds with Robyn Maxtone from Grangemouth the first woman home. For Victoria Barrett, 41, of Jersey who was second in the 5K with a time of 22:10, the race was only a warm up for the today's full marathon. Victoria said: "This will be my 14th marathon and running has changed my life. I've lost more than two stone and I've never felt healthier. My dream is to run Edinburgh marathon in under three hours and 13 minutes so I'm hoping the 5K was the perfect warm up."
More than 600 youngsters took part in the junior races with sporty sisters Holly Little, 13, and Jenna Little, eight, of Bearsden, Dunbartonshire both claiming victory. Holly was the first girl home in the 3K with a time of 11:23 while her sister Jenna raced ahead of her rivals winning the girl's 1.5K race in 5:58. Holly said: "We are a sporty family and love running. We're both in the Victoria Park City of Glasgow Athletics Club. My dream is to make it all the way to the Commonwealth Games one day. I loved taking part today." Ten-year-old Andrew McCall, a pupil at George Heriot's school in Edinburgh won the 1.5K in 5:33 seconds while Iain Davies, 14, of Central AC ran the 3K in 9:51.
Saturday's events kicked off with a gentle three mile breakfast run to give elite athletes from across the world a chance to warm up and learn something of Edinburgh's history and admire the city's stunning architecture. Today the elite athletes join more than 23,000 runners including runners from more than 100 countries all competing in the 11th Edinburgh marathon, half marathon and relay races. The marathon route which starts in the heart of Edinburgh at Regent Road heads out to picturesque East Lothian, along Scotland's golf coast which boasts 22 courses including some of the oldest and admired like North Berwick, Gullane and Muirfield.
Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival director, said: "We are proud that the Edinburgh Marathon Festival is the most inclusive festival of running in the UK. From the world's best elites through to the first time marathon runner, to youngsters standing in the start pen for the first time in their lives, we welcome them all. Each of these people are changing their lives and many are changing the lives of others too through raising vital funds for charity. It is a positive experience for all."
Together with the Edinburgh Marathon Festival official charity Macmillan Cancer Support and hundreds of other charities, the organisers are hoping to break all previous records and raise more than £4.5 million in 2013. Forth One are doing live broadcasts from the Edinburgh Marathon Festival all weekend.