This long standing event, which was first run from North Berwick to Edinburgh in 1958, before switching direction the following year, has varied in length from its original length of 22.6 miles, when it started at the GPO in Princes Street, up to a full marathon on four occasions. Most runnings of the event have taken place over 21.8 miles with the race starting from Meadowbank Stadium. However in 2009, because of road works, (Road works? In Edinburgh? Really? How unusual!) the event was reduced to its current distance of 20 miles when the start was moved to Portobello Prom.
Conveniently falling three weeks before the Edinburgh Marathon in most years, this is ideal as a final long run for those doing a marathon training program. So it was that a small group of ERN ‘marathon virgins’, a couple of ‘old hands’ and some who weren’t even running the marathon, headed off along the prom on a bright and sunny Saturday morning in the direction of East Lothian. Some excellent times and a real confidence boost for the marathon runners as everyone completed the course in one piece, and in good form, if a bit warm. Well done! A recommended event.