Edinburgh Marathon: Thousands hit streets

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THE 11th Edinburgh Marathon took place yesterday as runners, ranging from elite athletes to beginners and charity fundraisers, took to the streets of the Capital.

After the 10km race and junior races on Saturday, part of the Marathon Festival weekend which attracted over 27,000 people, athletes took to the 26.2-mile course around Edinburgh and East Lothian.

Kenny Heney, who completed four races, with his sister, Katy. Picture: Joey Kelly

Kenny Heney, who completed four races, with his sister, Katy. Picture: Joey Kelly

Former Edinburgh University student Kenny Heney, 37, pulled off a remarkable feat – completing all four races over the two days.

Following record temperatures for the year the previous day, yesterday’s cooler conditions were welcomed by the athletes.

The main race began on London Road at 10am, finishing near Musselburgh Racecourse.

Traffic diversions were in force for most of the morning and afternoon in the east and south of the city to allow the race to take place and create room for the thousands of spectators that lined the route.

Organisers are confident that the events will raise in excess of £4.5 million

The Edinburgh event has joined the world’s elite road races by becoming the first in Scotland to be officially recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the athletics governing body.

The IAAF bronze label now puts the Edinburgh Marathon among the top 75 in the world, making it a pivotal part of the sporting calendar for runners.

The Edinburgh Marathon route was ranked as the “fastest” in the UK in 2008.