29.05.2010

THOUSANDS of runners took part in a thrilling Edinburgh Marathon which was won just a few hundred yards from the finishing line after the race leader pulled up with cramp.

Hundreds of spectators enjoyed yesterday's sunny weather, lining the pavements along the route as well as at the finishing line at Musselburgh Racecourse. Some runners struggled in temperatures of up to 25C and more than 240 runners were treated by medics along the marathon route. But there was no repeat of last year's problems which saw water supplies stolen by thieves on the night before the race.

But the event was hit by tragedy when a 52-year-old man, who was running as part of a four-person relay team, collapsed and later died.

More than 9,000 runners completed the marathon, out of 14,000 registered entrants. A further 3,741 took part in the half marathon.

Many of the entrants ran for charity, helping to raise millions for more than 200 good causes.

I have finished the distance hardly faster four hours but it's gone really well for me despite the heat.