Great Edinburgh Run: Two near-death experiences won't stop Martin

WITH less than two months to go until the Great Edinburgh Run, participants from all over Scotland are gearing up for the ten-mile event '“ which will see them embark on a race around some of the city's most iconic landmarks.
Runners taking part in last year's event. Picture: Lisa FergusonRunners taking part in last year's event. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Runners taking part in last year's event. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Most participants aim to raise money for charity, while others take part to improve their fitness levels.

But Martin Holmes, a father-of-three from Dunbar, is running in the event this spring to help him get back into sport – after suffering two near-fatal accidents.

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In November 2004, the 56-year-old was on his way to work at Torness Power Station on his motorcycle when he crashed into another vehicle on the A1 and was rushed to hospital with a fractured hip and a stable fracture of the lower 

After making a full recovery, ten years later he was involved in another accident, which saw him thrown off his bicycle and his neck broken.

But Martin – who has always been a keen runner and cyclist – said despite his accidents, he has continued to participate in the sports he loves.

He said: “Since my accidents I have done a lot of cycling and taking part in a few running events.

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“The Great Edinburgh Run is a great course as you pass by some of the city’s iconic landmarks – I’m really looking forward to it.

“Following my accident, my hip is pinned together but I can still run. To be honest I think it would have been more difficult to be a coach potato than to stay active – I was determined.”

The Great Edinburgh Run will take place on April 17, starting and finishing at the foot of Arthur’s Seat.

A spokeswoman for the Great Edinburgh Run said: “This is an amazing opportunity for locals and visitors alike to take over the streets of the Capital and run past some of the city’s most famous landmarks.”

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