Some of Scotland’s leading actors including Taggart’s John Michie, Cal MacAninch of the BBC’s Holby Blue and Shauna MacDonald, leading lady in British horror film The Descent and the BBC’s spy drama Spooks, were in Edinburgh today to launch the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run.
The actors are part of the blood cancer charity, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s famous running team “The Banana Army” so called because of their distinctive bright yellow t shirts. They plan to take part in the popular city centre 10k later this year on Sunday 2 October.
Building on the from the success of the Bupa Great Winter Run and Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country earlier this month, EventScotland, the national events agency, are supporting the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run which will be a marquee event on the calendar in the year of Active Scotland.
The event attracts runners of all abilities from across the U.K and has grown significantly in terms of the number of participants in recent years. It is televised live on Channel 5 and in 2010 was also the subject of a one hour highlights programme on BBC Scotland.
Following the success of the new route which captured many of Edinburgh’s most famous historic attractions and started and finished in Holyrood Park last year, the course will remain similar in 2011.
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the official charity for the Bupa Junior & Mini Great Run series and the day also features the Bupa Junior and Mini Great Edinburgh Run, suitable for youngsters of all abilities aged 3 – 14 years covering 2.5k and 1.5k respectively.
Entries for both events are open at www.greatrun.org