30,000 runners take part in marathon festival

Library picture -  Picture: Ian Georgeson
Library picture - Picture: Ian Georgeson
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Fundraisers and elite athletes were among thousands of runners who took to the streets of the capital for the city’s 12th annual marathon.

Runners from more than 100 countries set off from the centre of a rain-soaked Edinburgh to take on the 26.2-mile course.

Organisers said around 30,000 people had signed up for the weekend running festival, which also included a half marathon, relay event, 10k and 5k routes and junior races over two days.

Kenya’s David Toniok, 30, raced to the finish line first to win the marathon in 2 hours, 15 minutes and 33 seconds, only 7 seconds off the course record.

Kateryna Stetsenko, 32, from Ukraine, was the fastest female finisher - crossing the finish line in Musselburgh in 2 hours, 36 minutes and 7 seconds.

The half marathon was won by Scottish runner Ross Houston, who finished in 1 hour, 7 minutes and 16 seconds.

Houston, who will compete at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, said: “There aren’t many halfs as big as this in the UK ahead of Glasgow 2014 so this was a good choice to run in the lead up to it, especially as I live just outside Edinburgh.”

More than 1,500 runners from the festival’s official charity - Macmillan Cancer Support - took part and together with hundreds of other charities, organisers are hoping to raise more than £4.5 million.