Video: Great Edinburgh Run draws thousands

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THOUSANDS pounded the streets of the Capital for the 2013 Bupa Great Edinburgh Run on Sunday.

As the recent spell of hot weather continued, runners of all ages hit Edinburgh’s roads to raise funds for charity.

Three runners celebrate after the run. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Three runners celebrate after the run. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

More than 8000 were expected to take part in races over five and ten kilometres, with children aged three to 14 participating in junior and mini-runs.

They joined well-known TV personalities, including Ashes to Ashes and Life on Mars star Dean Andrews and Spooks actress Shauna MacDonald.

Scot Andrew Lemoncello was first over the finish line in the 10K, completing the route in just 30 minutes 18 seconds. Jen Rhines from the United States won the women’s race in 34 minutes 22 seconds.

The atmosphere was praised by runners and organisers.

Father-of-three Paul Benhan, 24, a postman from Penicuik who ran with his son, Kadien, six, said: “The course was really hilly. The first two kilometres kill you then from midway it was all right. I suppose it was just the heat but you can’t complain, it’s better than the rain.

“It’s the atmosphere that makes this race special – that and the fact you’re on home turf.”

Andy Mitchelmore, from organiser Nova International, said: “The atmosphere was electric and we have received positive feedback from participants.”