Thousands of Edinburgh marathon runners remain upbeat despite torrential rain

Some completed the race in fancy dress.
-Credit: (Image: Daily Record.)

Torrential rain did not deter the thousands of marathon competitors and onlookers at this year's Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

Although downpours last throughout most of the morning and early afternoon on Sunday, May 26, over 35,000 people came to the capital to compete in events over the weekend.

Despite the poor weather, their spirits remained high as they were cheered on by thousands of supporters who lined streets through the city, the Daily Record reports.

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Many of the runners dressed up for the occasion, raising a smile as well as hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes.

Yesterday’s marathon was the second day of what is Scotland’s largest running event.

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And the rain made for perfect running conditions for the serious athletes battling it out for the top prize.

Moray Pryde of Lothian Running Club won the men’s race with a time of two hours and 23 minutes while Johanna Oregan of St Neots Riverside Runners was first female over the finish line in a time of two hours and 48 minutes.

Across the action-packed weekend, the festival also featured a half marathon, team relay, 10k and 5k, plus four junior events.

Among the youngsters taking part were West Lothian footballers Gregor Hales, 14, and 13-year-old Daniel Phllips.

Runners came from all over the globe to compete in various races.
Runners came from all over the globe to compete in various races. -Credit:Daily Record.

They ran the 5k course in memory of their teammate Jack Lees who tragically died last November aged just 13 after a battle with cancer.

Jack, from East Calder in West Lothian, was just 11 when the cancerous mass was found inside his skull in 2022.

The brave schoolboy, who was a talented footballer and who played for East Calder Football Club, underwent gruelling rounds of chemotherapy at the Sick Kids in Edinburgh, but sadly died just one year after his diagnosis.

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His friends took part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival to raise funds for the Team Jak Foundation, which helped the boys process their grief following the death of their pal.

The Team Jak Foundation was set up by 15-year-old Jak Trueman before he died from cancer in 2004. The charity, based in Livingston, offers support to young people with cancer, their families, friends and those bereaved throughout Scotland.