Two months to go until the Great Edinburgh Run

Today saw the launch of the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run, the only run that travels through the heart of Edinburgh city centre.

With just two months to go until the starting gun fires, a group of inspirational runners, who have signed up to take on the event on Sunday 23 April, met with Team GB athletes and friends Beth Potter and Steph Twell on the rooftop of the Apex Hotel in Grassmarket as they geared up for the event.

This year’s event will feature the traditional 10-mile distance and a brand new 5-mile run that is perfect for new runners who want to tackle a shorter running route and don’t want to miss the opportunity to experience a course in the city centre.

Starting in Holyrood Park, the course takes runners on a tour of city, past Holyrood Palace, up the famous Royal Mile and passing tourist destinations such as the Edinburgh Dungeons.

The route takes in the Edinburgh Castle, travelling past the Apex Hotel, with participants then travelling up The Mound before returning to Holyrood Park, near Arthur’s Seat and crossing the finish line.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Festivals & Events Champion for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “I am delighted that, with the Council’s support, the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run returns this spring.

“What is so special about this event that you see runners return time and time again to take part.

“With such a scenic route through Holyrood Park and the city centre, it is no surprise the competition becomes a firm favourite with Scottish and visiting runners.”

“I’d like to wish good luck and the best of health to everyone taking part. May Edinburgh’s windy weather be always at your back!”

Commenting, Sarah Ford of Simplyhealth said: “Al, Helen, Justin and the Galavanters are perfect examples of how running can be fully-inclusive and beneficial to both physical and mental wellbeing.

“Through their stories and experiences they are all bringing to life the Simplyhealth and Great run purpose to get millions moving.”

For more information or to enter, visit the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run.

Great Edinburgh Run 2017

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