Edinburgh Run hotfoots it to autumn

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ONE of Scotland’s most popular 10km running event, the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run, is to move from its traditional date in May to Sunday, October 2, in 2011.

Entries for the event opened at midnight on Tuesday, November 30 and organisers believe that the new date will be popular with runners.

Lynsey Stephenson, communications manager of Nova International said: “Autumn is a very popular time of year for running and we feel the time is right for the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run to have a more prominent space in the Scottish running calendar.”

The run, which attracts athletes of all abilities from across the UK, has grown significantly in terms of the number of participants in recent years.

It is televised live on Channel 5 and this one was the subject of a one-hour highlights programme on BBC Scotland.

It will follow the same course as this year after starting and finishing in Holyrood Park for the first time proved such a success.

The route takes in many of Edinburgh’s most famous historic attractions and is regarded by many as one of the most scenic city centre running events in the world, as it passes Edinburgh Castle, the famous cobbles of the Royal Mile and the Scottish Parliament building.

The day also features the Bupa Junior and Mini Great Edinburgh Runs, suitable for youngsters of all abilities aged 3-14 years, covering 2.5km and 1.5km respectively, and which have also opened for entries.

Nova International is the team behind the 5km Bupa Great Winter Run, Bupa Junior Great Winter Run and Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country, which takes place in the city on Saturday, January 8.

For more information visit www.greatrun.org