Organisers of the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run today announced the addition of a brand new 5k course for 2011. The event will become part of a “Great Day of Running”, taking place in Edinburgh city centre on 2 October. The inaugural 5k will take place ahead of the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run, an already well-established event on the city’s sporting calendar.
The gentle 5k course is perfect for runners of all abilities and takes in some of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks, including the Scott Monument, Holyrood Palace and the National Art Gallery. The event offers beginners - or those returning to distance running - the opportunity to experience a competitive road race in the heart of one of the UK’s most picturesque cities.
Building on the from the success of the Bupa Great Winter Run and Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country earlier this year, 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.
Over 10,000 people took part in the 2010 10k Bupa Great Edinburgh Run and Bupa Junior and Mini Great Edinburgh Run last year. Organisers feel the addition of a 5k course will make the appeal of the day even wider and reinforce the reputation of the Great Edinburgh Run as one of Scotland’s premiere mass participation sporting events.
The run is televised live on Channel 5 and will also be the subject of a one hour highlights programme on BBC Scotland.
Entries for all events are open at www.greatrun.org