Thousands take part in Bupa Great Edinburgh Run

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More than 5000 people pulled on their running shoes and took part in the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run yesterday.

The new ten-mile, route was extended through the city centre from its start in Holyrood Park.

Competitors in Sunday's Great Edinburgh Run. Pic: Scott Taylor

Competitors in Sunday's Great Edinburgh Run. Pic: Scott Taylor

Chris Thompson and Susan Partridge brought home gold in the men’s and women’s elite races in what had previously been a five or 10km race.

Many ran for charity, with Andy Mitchelmore, from event sponsors Nova International, saying participants ran 50,000 miles between them – nearly twice around the world.

There was also a Mini Great Edinburgh Run for the younger generation as well as some famous faces including John Michie from Taggart and Coronation Street plus Chris Chittell and Nicola Wheeler off Emmerdale also taking part.

Runners were entertained by a 50-piece rock choir, a student band, the Capital FM street stars stage, all-female drumming band Sheboom and bagpipers from George Heriot’s School at each mile marker.

Rock Choir leader in Edinburgh, Elaine Williamson, said the group had performed songs such as Bonjovi’s Living on a Prayer’ and Olly Mur’s ‘Dance with Me Tonight to keep the runners going.

“We sang from around 9am until the last runner came past at about 10.45am,” she explained.

“It was really good fun and just being able to do something to life the spirits of the people was great.”

A Bupa spokesperson said: “We are very proud to support such a fantastic event and are pleased that so many people took part. We would like to say thank you and well done to all of the runners and supporters.”