21 Mar

Still Time For Edinburgh

Edinburgh marathon start

There is less than ten weeks until Edinburgh marathon and half marathon on 26 May and for those who haven't yet entered, there are still more than 200 charities places available. If you fancy something a little less strenuous, entries for the 10k and 5k races on 25 May are now open.

Runners of all abilities are welcome to take part in the Saturday events in the shadow of Arthur's Seat. For sporty kids there are two junior races, a 3K race for 11 to 14-year-olds, and a 1.5K race for six to 10-year-olds. More than 500 youngsters from across the country competed in the junior races last May and organisers are expecting even more to take part this spring.

Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival race director, said: "We're looking forward to welcoming back the thousands of runners who've supported the event over the years plus the thousands who will be joining us for the first time. I would like to encourage anyone who has ever thought that they would like to take part to grab the opportunity now and enter a race that challenges them."

Charity places are available from the event's official charity Macmillan Cancer Support as well as Alzheimer Scotland, Breast Cancer Care, British Heart Foundation, Maggie's Cancer Care Centres and Prostate Cancer UK. Every charity offers runners support and training advice in the build up to the big day as well as tips on how to hit your fitness and fundraising goals. Marathon organisers are hoping to break all previous records and raise more than £4.5 million in 2013.

To enter, visit the Edinburgh Marathon Festival website.