Our April Fools story about Alex Salmond running at Edinburgh Marathon this year may not have been true, but the first minister was involved in a race at the weekend as starter of the 11th annual Scotland Run in New York’s Central Park. More than 8,000 runners swapped shorts for kilts at the 10k race on Saturday (5 April) to mark the beginning of Tartan Week.
Mary Wittenberg, chief executive of race organisers New York Road Runners, said: "This is one of our most festive runs and people really get into the Scottish spirit, dressing up in kilts and painting their faces. It's a fun and memorable day, and we thank the Scottish government for its continued support."
Diriba Degefa Yigezu of West Side Runners won the men's race in 29:56, more than 30 seconds ahead of clubmate Abiyot Endale in second, with Dicrescenzo Delilah taking first place in the women's event (34:31).
Participants included Scots, international runners as well as locals, many of whom had Scottish roots. One such runner was Lyle Jones, who traces his Scottish heritage on his father’s side back to around 1670. He insisted that he was 'only sort of Scottish' and donned a kilt as 'it’s the only day of the year I feel comfortable doing so'.