SCOTLAND’S biggest running event, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, saw a record-breaking 23,000 runners take part in the Edinburgh Marathon on 27 May.
In glorious sunshine, runners from more than 100 countries set off from the heart of Edinburgh to take on the UK’s fastest marathon course.
They included 101-year-old Fauja Singh, the world’s oldest marathon runner who crossed the line in an incredible five hours and 23 seconds, as part of a four-man relay race, Sikhs in the City.
Fauja said: “I love Edinburgh and I love this race. If I am still here next year then I will come back to run it again. Running five or 10 miles a day is what keeps me alive.”
The family atmosphere of the two-day running festival was summed up by the first two Scots home, both in peak performance after recently becoming parents for the first time.
The first Scottish woman home, Hayley Haining, raced to the finish in 2:45:17. The 40-year-old Great Britain Internationalist was taking part in her first marathon since the birth of her one-year-old son, Elliott, who proved he is her number one supporter by being there to greet her at the finish line.
And Scottish champion Ross Houston, racing in his home city, was delighted to hit a new personal best - just three months after the birth of his son, Fraser. The 32-year-old Scot, who finished fifth overall with a time of 2:21:01, put down a marker as he aims for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
The former Prime Minister of Spain from 2004 – 2011 also ran the Edinburgh Marathon, incognito, but with a police bodyguard. He ran under the name of Jose Garcia and finished the race in 1:58:50