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,
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.