GSi Events, the organisers of the hugely successful Edinburgh Marathon Festival, have added a new autumn event to their race portfolio. They have announced that the new Scottish Half Marathon will be held on Saturday 6 September 2014 and thousands of runners are expected to sign up for the inaugural run.
The Scottish Half Marathon promises one of the fastest courses in the UK and to showcase the scenery of East Lothian which has another famous sporting association as the home to numerous top-class links golf courses. Runners are expected to raise thousands for charity at the event which has Cancer Research UK as its official charity.
The new event was launched recently by Olympian Liz McColgan who said: "I'm proud to launch the first Scottish Half Marathon. I love the half marathon distance. It's entirely different from the full marathon. The half marathon is a really challenging event that you have to train for - but at the same time it's achievable for most people. It allows you to set a goal but it's within most people's capabilities to go out and run a half marathon.
"The half marathon is a chance for you to enjoy a personal achievement and raise thousands of pounds for charity. It's a great opportunity for people to participate in something they can feel really proud of."
For those seeking a PB, race director, Neil Kilgour, had some good news: "If you want to train hard and set a personal best for the half marathon distance then this is the race for you. We have developed a route that is predominantly downhill and consequently is seriously rapid given the right training. By starting conveniently at 11am just outside Edinburgh, you can take part and run along the magnificent golf coast before finishing in front of the grandstand of Scotland's oldest racecourse at Musselburgh. Come and be a part of it and deliver your personal best. This race will deliver perfect running conditions that will reward runners for all their efforts in training and on race day."
GSi Events is expecting a big contingent of runners from the north of England who have easy access to Edinburgh from the north-east and via a range of low-cost flight options including services from Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. There is also the appeal of the Saturday morning start time (11.00am) which will allow visitors to enjoy the attractions of the Scottish capital as part of a weekend break.
Entries for the race are now open with an early bird discounted entry offer valid until midnight on 30 September, 2013. To sign up for the Scottish Half Marathon go to the event website.