The inaugural Scottish Half Marathon in 2014 topped off a fantastic sporting year in Scotland following both the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles. The 2015 event is set to be bigger and better with thousands of runners taking part in this fresh and exciting race. The half marathon is the fastest growing race distance in the UK with more & more runners seeing this as an achievable race distance.
Liz McColgan, former World Champion at the 13.1 mile distance, launched the first ever Scottish Half Marathon last year and said: “I love the half marathon distance. It’s entirely different from the full marathon. The half marathon is a really challenging event that you have to train for - but at the same time it’s achievable for most people. It allows you to set a goal but it’s within most people’s capabilities to go out and run a half marathon.
The half marathon is a chance for you to enjoy a personal achievement and raise thousands of pounds for charity. It’s a great opportunity for people to participate in something they can feel really proud of.”
The route is seriously flat & rapid (and more importantly, it's predominantly downhill!) so, if you want to set a personal best for a half marathon, then this is the event for you.
Starting conveniently at 11am just outside Edinburgh, you run along the magnificent East Lothian Golf Coast before finishing in the final furlong at Musselburgh Racecourse, Scotland’s oldest racecourse.
Helen Bonsor, the fastest female finisher at the 2014 Scottish Half Marathon, said: ‘I loved the course and enjoyed the fantastic support along the route. It was great to be a part of this race’.
If you don't fancy doing it alone, there’s also an event called the Duo Challenge which allows two participants to run the half marathon distance between them - runners just need to decide who gets the glory leg!