Nearly 10,000 runners of all abilities will take to Edinburgh’s historic streets this Sunday for the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run 2011. This year see’s the biggest ever programme of events, with the addition of a new 5k course alongside the existing 10k run. Both events give runners the opportunity to enjoy the picturesque capital, passing sights including the Scott Monument, Holyrood Palace and the National Art Gallery.
The race starts and finishes in Holyrood Park, where top class elite athletes will line up against masses to tackle to 10k. Fifer Andrew Lemoncello faces a daunting task in his Bupa Great Edinburgh Run debut, amongst a superb field led by reigning Olympic 3,000 metres steeplechase champion, Brimin Kipruto.
The line-up also includes Kenyan John Kelai, winner of last year's Commonwealth Games Marathon title along with Australia's number one distance star, former World 5,000 bronze medallist, Craig Mottram. As usual the event will see a host of famous faces including Scottish entrepreneur Michelle Mone, OBE, who is running the 5K and the Proclaimers’ Charlie Reid, who is taking time out from recording the duos’ 9th studio album to run in aid of Scots-based charity, the Association for International Cancer Research (AICR).
The Bupa Great Edinburgh Junior and Mini Run will also take place on Sunday, with 3-8 year old mini runners taking on a 1.5k challenge and 9-14 year old juniors a more challenging 2.5k.
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