Following the success of the last two years, the Rock 'n' Roll Edinburgh half marathon will return to the Scottish capital for a third time on 22 June 2014. The popular event, which has taken place in April for the past two years, has been moved to June in a bid to beat the Scottish weather after participants faced torrential rain and gale force winds at this year's race.
Despite the difficult conditions over 5000 runners, including 700 international participants, battled the elements at the 2013 Rock 'n' Roll Edinburgh half marathon with runners coming from as far as Brazil, Singapore and Norway. Organisers are hoping the new 2014 summer date will make the course more enjoyable for runners and attract even more international visitors to the city. After completing the Bupa Great Women's 10K earlier this year, radio presenter and DJ Diane Knox is planning to take part in the Rock 'n' Roll half marathon which sees bands performing at each mile point along the route and a Finish Line Festival concert for runners and supporters to party after the race.
Event director, Shannon Davis, said: "We are excited to be bringing the Rock 'n' Roll Edinburgh half marathon back in 2014; we had a great event in April this year but conditions were tough for our runners and unfortunately the bad weather meant we had to cancel our Finish Line Concert. After a lot of consideration, we have decided to move the race to June in a bid to beat the elements.
"We've also just launched our international campaign to promote the race - 'Run Like a Scotsman, Rock Like a Scotsman, Party Like a Scotsman' - we're sure it will entice our Rock 'n' Roll fans across the world to come and experience for themselves a taste of Scotland, and its love of a good party."
The Rock 'n' Roll Edinburgh half marathon will take in some of the city's most scenic views including the Meadows, the Mound, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, Firth of Forth, Portobello Promenade and the Scottish Parliament. The final stretch travels along the Royal Mile with a glimpse of Arthur's Seat in the background.
Registration will open later this summer, for more information visit the Rock 'n' Roll half marathon website.