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dinburgh Marathon will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on 26th/27th May 2012 and

already organisers are planning a big splash for the landmark year with over 30,000 entrants and tens of thousands of supporters expected. From a modest beginning in 2003, the marathon has blossomed into a weekend long festival of running that includes events from

1.5k to the classic 26.2 mile race. The marathon itself is hugely popular and is noted as the fastest in the UK with an elevation drop of almost 40m which is welcomed by first time marathon runners or those looking for a PB. Edinburgh Marathon Festival

weekend starts on Saturday, May 26 with eight events held in Holyrood Park – the 5k, the 10k, the Junior 1.5k event

(6-10 year olds), the Junior 3k event (11-14 year olds), the mascot race, 5k wheelchair and 5k hand bike races. There is also a sight-seeing Breakfast Run for overseas visitors. Sunday sees the EMF half marathon

start two hours before the full marathon. Then it’s the big one – the Edinburgh Marathon; or the Hairy Haggis team relay and four more manageable chunks of road. The charity dimension of the

Edinburgh Marathon Festival is a huge part of what it’s all about. EMF will be working hard with its new official charity Macmillan Cancer Support and hundreds of other charities to raise in excess of £4.5m in 2012. Damien O’Looney, marketing

manager at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, told Running Free magazine: “It’s hard to believe a decade has gone by since our first event in 2003, but we’re delighted to have developed a programme of races that means everyone is catered for, from kids to veterans, from 1.5k to 26.2 miles.” n Entries for the 2012 EMF open on 1st September and are on first-come, first-served basis. Log on to www. to enter.


against hunger and join our team for the Run Richmond Riverside 10k? The event takes place on Saturday 15th October and is a great opportunity to raise awareness about hunger and malnutrition while raising funds for Action Against Hunger’s life-saving programmes around the world. Action Against Hunger is an


international humanitarian organisation committed to ending child hunger. Senior Events Officer for the organisation, Francine Heggie, said: “With the escalating food crisis in East Africa and more than 12 million people in urgent need of


ith World Food Day fast approaching on Sunday 16th October, why not take action

humanitarian assistance in the region, we need your support more than ever. Our teams are working around the clock to provide families with access to clean drinking water and food. By joining our running team and raising vital funds for our programmes worldwide you can help us make a crucial difference to families struggling to feed their children.” If you’re not quite ready for an autumn

race, this October also sees the release of the 2012 Virgin London Marathon ballot results and Action Against Hunger are ready and waiting with

guaranteed entries on offer. We would also love to hear from runners who are lucky enough to secure a ballot place and would like to join our team as an Own Place runner. All of our runners receive comprehensive support in the lead up to and on race day, including fundraising and training advice, a free running vest, support along the course and a post-race reception. n For more information about our Virgin London Marathon or Run Richmond teams call us on 0208 293 6138 or email runandchallenge@

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