Thousands of runners braved the wintry conditions in Holyrood Park on Saturday 8 January to take part in the 5km Bupa Great Winter Run.

The Bupa Great Winter Run was started by Scotland’s greatest ever distance runner Liz McColgan and was part of a fantastic day of running in the capital which began with hundreds of youngsters taking part in the 2.5km multi terrain Bupa Junior Great Winter Run.

Also participating in the Bupa Great Winter Run was ITV newsreader, journalist and presenter Nina Hossain who was taking part in the event for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The 5km course reverted to a contingency route which avoided the high road around Arthur’s Seat because of the overnight snow.



The winner of the Bupa Great Winter Run was Ben Buckingham all the way from Victoria, Australia in a time of 16 minutes and 33 seconds. Ben was in Scotland visiting family and decided to take part in the event whilst he was in Edinburgh.

Second was Mickey Breen of Corstorphine AAC, Dumfries in a time of 17 minutes 15 seconds and third was Michael Wright of Central Athletics Club Stirling in 17 minutes 20 seconds.


The first woman across the line in the Bupa Great winter Run was Jennifer Emsley of Central Athletics Club, Stirling with a time of 19 minutes and 43 seconds, second was Helen Thomson from Biggar, Edinburgh in 21 minutes and 11 seconds closely followed in third place by Fiona Rudkin from Cheshire in a time of 21 minutes and 12 seconds.

The day concluded with the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country, live on BBC One. The event included three international elite races and the inaugural staging of the Men’s International Team Challenge.

It was a Kenyan one, two, three in the Men’s 4k Short Race which was won by 2010 Commonwealth Games 5000m silver medalist Eliud Kipchoge in 13 minutes and 12 seconds, second was 2008 Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop in 13 minutes and 18 seconds with 2008 Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Brimin Kipruto third in 13 minutes and 19 seconds.


The Women’s International 6k was won by World cross country silver medalist in ’09 and ’10 Kenya’s Linet Masai in 20 minutes and 24 seconds, second was two time world junior xc champion ’09 and ’10 Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba in 20 minutes and 32 seconds and third was 2010 Commonwealth 5000m Champion Vivian Cheruiyot (Kenya) in 20 minutes and 36 seconds.


The first ever Men’s International Team Challenge (8k) between Great Britain, the USA and Europe was won by Europe with the USA in second place and Great Britain in third.

The race itself was won with an impressive performance by Great Britain’s team captain, 2010 European 5000m and 10000m Champion Mo Farah who finished in 25 minutes and 41 seconds.

Second was the USA’s team captain Galen Rupp in 25 minutes and 50 seconds and third was Europe’s Ayad Lamdassam in 25 minutes and 55 seconds.


The Bupa Great Winter Run, Bupa Junior Great winter Run and Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country will return to Edinburgh in January 2012 for more information visit


Keep on Running with the Bupa Edinburgh Run – Sunday 2 October
The Bupa Great Edinburgh Run, a 10k mass participation city centre event for all running abilities takes place on Sunday 2 October. The day also includes the Bupa Junior and Mini Great Edinburgh Run making it a great day out for all the family. To enter these events visit

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