SCOTLAND’S biggest running event, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, was at the heart of a spectacular sporting weekend with more than 29,000 people taking part.

 

In glorious sunshine, runners from more than 100 countries set off from the city centre on Sunday, May 26 to take on one of the world's fastest marathon courses.

 

First to the finish of the marathon at Musselburgh in East Lothian was Tola Lema from Ethiopia, who finished in just 2:15:32 - only six seconds off the course record still held by Zachary Kihara of Kenya from 2005.

 

Ryan Beattie was the first Scot in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival race history to win the half marathon. It's the first race the 26-year-old builder from Falkirk has ever won and he completed it in one hour and nine minutes. Police officer Dianne Lauder, 36, from the Hawick Gala Harriers was the first woman across the line at the half marathon, racing to the finish in 1:24:55

 

26 May 2013
Edinburgh, Scotland


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The Edinburgh Marathon Festival includes 10K, 5K, junior races and an international breakfast run on the Saturday, before the half and full marathons take centre stage on Sunday. And if the full distance seems too much, you can run the marathon as part of a relay team.

 

A fast, flat course that sends runners out of the stunning city centre and along the Musselburgh coast will ensure huge crowd support and a great opportunity for a PB, no matter what your goal.

 

Entries are open now for all events. Visit www.edinburgh-marathon.com for details.

Australia’s biggest marathon event returns to the streets of Melbourne for the 36th instalment of the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival in October.

 

The event is well-known for its spectacular course, buzzing atmosphere and smooth organisation. It is therefore little wonder that the Melbourne Marathon’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent years to make it the big time, internationally renowned event it is today.

 

The Melbourne marathon course takes in much of the city’s natural and architectural beauty.  

 

However it is what awaits runners at the end of the race that is the event’s main attraction. It is one of the world’s great finishes. Runners enter the magnificent Melbourne Cricket Ground and run a ‘victory lap’ of the stadium before finishing right there on the hallowed turf of the MCG.

 

 

 

 

 

 A few marathons can compete with the Melbourne Marathon course; very few events worldwide can compete with its finishing stage.

 

With marathon, half marathon, 10km, 5.7km and 3km walk events on offer, the Melbourne Marathon Festival caters for participants of all ability.

 

Whether you’re an elite marathoner or a casual walker who just wants to experience the lively race day atmosphere, the Melbourne Marathon Festival has something for you!

 

 

 

www.melbournemarathon.com.au/

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