Glasgow 2014 star, Steve Way, will be looking to kick-start his spring racing by competing at Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday 31 May. The 40-year-old captured the imagination of the nation this summer when he completed the journey from a heavy smoking takeaway-addict to Commonwealth Games hero.
In 2007, he weighed 16 and a half stone when he began running to get healthy. It led to selection for Team England at Glasgow 2014, where he placed 10th in the men’s marathon in a British age-group record of 2:15:16.
Way says he’s relishing the prospect of a fast and flat course in the Scottish capital: “Having been hit by injury earlier in the year, I am pleased to be making good progress with my training and I hope to be in good shape by the end of May so that I can compete for a podium place in the marathon.”
He is also very comfortable with his newfound role model status. “My back story of being a smoker and overweight not so long ago strikes a chord with people. I am also very transparent and honest with the training I do. You can read it all on my blog. People know where I have come from and what I have achieved and it touches them in some way.
“I'm really excited to be racing in my first Edinburgh Marathon. Scotland has very good memories for me as the last time I was there I was breaking the British Vet 40 marathon record at the Commonwealth Games in what was one of the best days of my life! The support and reception I received from the Scottish people last summer was fantastic so I'm hoping for more of the same when I return!
“The Edinburgh Marathon will put me in a good position for the rest of the year as I then focus my attention towards the World 100km champs which is in September in the Netherlands.”
All entries for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival close on Wednesday 6 May at 5pm, apart from full & half marathon entries which are already closed for entries. To enter, visit the EMF website .