Runners flooded across the Kilomathon finish line on a beautifully sunny morning in Edinburgh on Sunday 8th April. The last few steps of their challenge saw participants enter the stunning home straight in BT Murrayfield Stadium as they made their final bid for glory.
A morning of unique race distances included a 13.1K run from Ocean Terminal to Murrayfield Stadium, passing by the famous Royal Yacht Britannia and the picturesque Victoria Park, before snaking inland on Edinburgh’s tranquil cycle paths.
Martin Gore was first home in a time of 46 minutes 58 seconds, while the first woman home was Mia Lutsch, finishing in a time of 51 minutes 25 seconds.
Also among the 13.1K finishers was Rhona Tait for who ran for Breast Cancer Care, a charity which has provided her with first hand support.
Rhona said: “On 23rd March 2017 I heard the words I never thought I’d hear – I was told I had breast cancer. I made a conscious decision at that moment that cancer would not defeat me and with the ever present support and love from my family and friends I endured surgery and four weeks of radiotherapy. One year on, I’m clear of cancer and live in hope it won’t come back.
When I ran Kilomathon last year with my running buddy Jenna (two weeks after my diagnosis and awaiting surgery) I feared I might never run again. It was by far my hardest and longest run to date, but we did it. I’m over the moon to have crossed the finish line again this year WITHOUT cancer.”
You can find out more and donate to Rhona’s JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rhona-tait1.
Rhona was joined on the start line by Scott Alexander. Scott’s run was motivated by his step-daughter Louise who has had to endure the unthinkable tragedy of losing five babies in recent years.
Scott said: “SANDS helped Louise see she was not alone in having to go through these tragic events. They’ve also helped me and the rest of the family a lot. When a baby is lost, as well as the mother suffering, there is often a whole family behind them suffering too. I really enjoyed the run today and I’m delighted could raise funds for SANDS.”
You can read more of Scott’s story and donate to his JustGiving page here: https://www.kilomathon.com/livingston-man-run-kilomathon-sands-lothians/.
Kilomathon also incorporated a 6.5K race which was won by Jonathan Guild in a time of 26 minutes three seconds, with Minnie Brocklesby the first female home in a time of 30 minutes 48 seconds.
Not long before, the morning’s programme had kicked off with the Mini Kilomathon; a 2.62K run for kids aged 6-12, starting and finishing in front of Murrayfield’s West Stand.
The overall race, was won by Alex Porteous in a time of nine minutes 29 seconds. The first female home was Zoe Wagstaff in a time of 10 minutes 34 seconds.
Nine-year-old Caitlin Cooper was also among the finishers, completing her run for the event’s official charity, Cancer Research UK. She was understandably buzzing at the finish line, commenting: “It was really fun, I didn’t expect to run that quick!”
Caitlin’s dad Graeme, who cheered her across the line, explained: “Caitlin is an all round sporty little girl, it was actually her idea to run for charity at Kilomathon. We picked CRUK because two of Caitlin’s grandparents passed away after falling ill with cancer. We fully support her and hope she continues to run and fundraise as she gets older.”
You can find out more and donate to Caitlin’s JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/caitlin-cooper.
Abi Beautyman, Event Manager said: “We’re delighted that Kilomathon continues to draw in runners of all abilities to test themselves over a unique race distance. All of today’s finishers should be incredibly proud of their achievements. Competitive club runners, runners fundraising for charity, and those running for a personal challenge all played their part in an incredible morning here in Edinburgh.
“We hope you all enjoyed the route, the atmosphere, and the epic Murrayfield finish line. We were even graced with beautiful sunshine today. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!”
You can find out more about the event at www.kilomathon.com.