Over 30,000 runners took part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in the nation’s capital on 30 & ­31 May. Runners from right across the globe gathered for Scotland’s biggest running festival, to take part in the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and junior races across a packed weekend.


Windy conditions hampered the elite fields on one of the world’s fastest marathon courses, but couldn’t prevent a Kenyan double in the male and female races. Peter Wanjiru took a decisive victory in the men’s race, breaking clear at 18 miles to blow away the opposition,

clocking 2:19:36.

Local knowledge came to the fore as hometown runner Neil Renault took a crowd­pleasing second place in 2:24:35 with more heralded runners struggling with the blustery conditions. 2014 champion and long­time leader David Toniok faded to third in 2:26:00.


The women’s race was dominated by Joan Kigen, going one place better than she managed at last year’s Bournemouth Marathon. She led from the gun to a nine minute victory in 2:39:43.

Entries for the 2016 Edinburgh Marathon Festival,

which takes place on Saturday 28 & Sunday 29th May 2016 are open now at https://www.edinburgh-marathon.com/?my_details

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