1 Jun

Gone With The Wind

runners at Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Difficult conditions meant fast times were difficult to come by at yesterday's Edinburgh Marathon (Sunday, 31 May) but they didn't prevent the RunFast team securing top spot in both the men's and women's events. Peter Wanjuri broke the tape on 2:19:36, a comfortable 5 minutes in front of of Edinburgh AC's Neil Renault.

Wanjuri felt that he might have threatened the course record on a kinder day but local man Renault was delighted with his performance finishing ahead of more fancied runners. He said: "I sacrificed a bit of speed at the start knowing I needed to be a bit stronger in the second half. I'll look back and this will be one I remember."

Joan Kigen (2:39:43) led from gun to tape to finish a comfortable winner ahead of two other cross-border raiders - Charlotte Firth (Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow) and Samanatha Amend (Belgravia).

Other highlights included Alan Mackay's 49 mile grand slam (5k, 10k, half and full marathon). The Macmillan fundraiser started the marathon last and passed a chunk of the field en route to the finish in Musselburgh.

Dorset-based American Thomas Porter (1:08:58) sprinted to the line in the half marathon to claim victory ahead of Andy Burn and Patryk Giertojwicz. Kilbarchan's Gemma Rankin upheld local honour in the women's race. Afterwards Gemma said: "It was quite steady throughout. I didn't get an extremely fast start, I was just getting into my pace and then keeping it going. It's a well organised event and there's always good support all the way round."

Matt Fitzsimmons (4:12:56) was the mid-point runner in the marathon and the last finisher crossed the line on 6:46:22. The windy conditions didn't deter one marathon runner Taz Tollan who said: "My first one. People of Edinburgh you are so amazing - cheering us on and giving sweets. I made a PB for myself and will be back next year."