Thousands take part in Bupa Great Winter Run

The Great Bupa run gets underway. Picture: Bill Murray

The Great Bupa run gets underway. Picture: Bill Murray

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MORE than 2500 cross-country runners pounded the pavements of Holyrood Park on Saturday as they tested their stamina against the Bupa Great Winter Run.

Rank beginners to elite athletes took part in the event which boasted a string of multi-distance races to cater to runners of all abilities.

Hundreds of youngsters, aged 7 to 14, crossed the finish line in the 2.5k Bupa Junior Great Winter Run with many fundraisers chosing to donate to this year’s official charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

They were followed by thousands of runners making their traditional start to the 2014 running season with the 5k Bupa Great Winter Run.

All runners who completed the course received a long sleeved souvenir Bupa Great Winter Run T-shirt, a medal and an electronic timing chip,

In the afternoon elite athletes from Great Britain, America and Europe competed in a series of team race events.

The Mens 8k race was won by Chris Derrick of the USA who held off Britain’s Andy Vernon

The Women’s 6km was won by Gemma Steel (GBR) who beat Ireland’s Fionnuala Britton.

The combined team event was won by Europe with 53 points closely followed by the USA with 55 and Greta Britain in third place on 63 pts.