26 Nov

Olympians Launch Macmillan Running Campaign

Freya Murray

Team GB athletes Freya Murray (pictured) and Lynsey Sharp have launched a campaign to get 1500 Scots to take on a £650,000 charity running challenge. As two of Scotland's best runners they are calling on people to run for MacMillan Cancer Support in next year's Edinburgh Marathon Festival, taking on anything from a 5K to a full 26.2 miles.

Freya, who replaced the injured Paula Radcliffe to represent Great Britain in the women's Olympic marathon this summer, said: "I love running and I would always encourage people to take it up.

"Events like the Edinburgh Marathon Festival that encourages people of all levels of fitness to run are great and signing up to take on the challenge for a charity like Macmillan is a great motivator.

"To be ready to take part in one of the longer runs, most people would need to begin training now and even I can sometimes struggle to get up motivation to go out running when the weather is horrible, but anyone who signs up to run for Macmillan will have lots of great reasons to keep going even on the wettest winter day."

Edinburgh athlete Lynsey who competed in the 800m during the London Olympics added: "Cancer is an illness that unfortunately affects huge numbers of people, but it's good to know that charities like Macmillan are there to help.

"It's amazing how many people transform themselves form non-runners or beginners to taking part in big running events and I hope Macmillan manages to get 1500 runners it is hoping for - all the green charity t-shirts would be an amazing sight."

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival, takes place on 25 and 26 April and is Scotland's biggest running event, second in UK marathon size only to London. As well as a marathon distance, runners can sign up for a marathon team relay, half marathon, 10k, 5k, junior races and a mascot race.

To sign up log on to the Edinburgh Marathon Festival website or visit the Macmillan website.