With a variety of costumes, ranging from ill-fitting running shorts to competitors in blue body paint in homage to James Cameron’s Avatar, the fourth Meadows Marathon on 7 March has now "firmly established itself in the Edinburgh calendar".
Believed to be one of the biggest participation events in Scotland, the Meadows Marathon includes a half marathon as well as a 5k run around the Edinburgh Meadows and George Square.
Project manager of the organisation team, Sally Hutchby, told The Journal: “We are very pleased with the record entry, very appreciative of all those who turned out to support the runners and above all, delighted that a wide range of local and national charities have benefited.”
Ms Hutchby said: “In only three years, the Meadows Marathon has grown to become established firmly in the Edinburgh calendar.”
The event this year has managed to raise over £50,000 for charities including Scottish Love in Action, Four Square and Meningitis Research.
Winner of the half marathon for men was Patryk Gierjatowicz, who beat last year’s record with a time of 1 hour 16 minutes.
In the women’s half marathon Nicola Duncan picked up a time of 1 hour 23 minutes. The winners of the 5k run this year were Joe Robertson in the men’s and Catherine Ferry, who recorded a time of 19 minutes 53 seconds.
Turning out to support the runners was a variety of entertainment including cheerleaders, drummers, brass bands and bhangra dancing from various clubs and organisations around Edinburgh.
The event was started in 2007 by two mathematics students from the University of Edinburgh and 2010 marked its fourth consecutive year.