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Celebrate Valentines Day with a Partner Run!

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Celebrate Valentines Day with a difference this year and come and join me in supporting Bethany Christian Trust, by running the 5km Partner Run.

As part of my role within Crowne Plaza Edinburgh – Royal Terrace, I have teamed up with our chosen charity, Bethany Christian Trust, to hold a 5km fun run at 10am on Saturday 14th February.  It is £10 to enter, and all proceeds go directly to the charity to benefit homeless and vulnerable people in Edinburgh, so a very worthwhile cause.

So grab your partner, a friend or family and come and join us for a fun morning in one of Edinburgh’s most fantastic locations, Holyrood Park.  Hope to see you there.

Partner run.

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Run In The Dark

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As darkness swept across the globe on Wednesday 12th November at 8pm local time thousands pulled on their running shoes, flashing armbands and various guises of lights and neon colours and headed for the door. Joining over 30 cities worldwide Edinburgh was lit up with 149 runners joining a living light show flowing through the streets and Holyrood Park like lava.

Lit up like lava
Lit up like lava

The Lifestyle Sports Run in The Dark plays a vital role in funding the Mark Pollock Trusts’s mission to find and connect people around the world to fast track a cure for paralysis. Runners paid an entry fee of £15 which goes directly to the trust with the event being supported by volunteers. The super trio of Lucja Leonard (www.edinburghruntours.com), Iona MacArthur and Sue Finn put their hearts, minds and time together to organise the pop up event for Edinburgh utilising the Crowne Plaza Edinburgh – Royal Terrace as the race headquarters on the night. A special thanks goes out to the volunteers that assisted on the night with registrations and marshalling duties as well as local sponsors of the goody bags including Crowne Plaza Edinburgh -Royal Terrace, Nira Caledonia, Matthew Clark, Vivimoss sportswear and Lululemon.

Holyrood park looking back to the city
Holyrood park looking back to the city

The night wouldn’t have been complete without the support from C. Pendleton/W.Robb from Iconic Photo Tours Edinburgh (http://www.willrobbphotography.com/2012/09/iconic-edinburgh-photo-tours/) who sat in Holyrood Park to capture some stunning photos of the light streams created by the runners with the dramatic Edinburgh city line in the background.
Edinburgh weather played ball ensuring a fun, dry and safe night was had by all. With the event being such a great success along with the high level of interest from the Edinburgh running community all keen to support such a worthy cause, Run In The Dark is sure to become a fixture in the yearly running calendar. For more details visit www.runinthedark.org and sign up to the newsletter so you don’t miss out on next years event.

The amazing trio and a handful of the super marshals.
The amazing trio and a handful of the super marshals.

Canadian Visitors

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It was a gorgeous week in Edinburgh for a running tour and the weather didn’t disappoint for a Wednesday jaunt around the sights with some lovely ladies all the way from Canada.  Samantha and Allison were keen to take in the sights of Edinburgh and burn off some energy at the same time.  With both ladies in training for what sounds like a fun event of kayaking, running and cycling in September in Vancouver this was the perfect opportunity to stretch out the legs.

Views of Arthur's Seat
Views of Arthur’s Seat

When they first saw the impressive Arthur’s Seat they were unsure whether they would be up for running all the way up or just taking the run around Queen’s Road, but we left that decision for later.

Calton Hill
Calton Hill

Edinburgh is renowned for its hills and we were certainly warmed up by the time we got to the Castle which was a hive of activity with preparations for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo which is an experience like no other; an unforgettable evening of music, dance, ceremony and theatre.  The seating started construction about 6 weeks ago ready for the show program from 1st August until the 23rd August, and will take a good 4 weeks to dismantle afterwards.  On top of that, Royal Mile is exploding with activity ready for Edinburgh Fringe Festival which also kicks off this weekend, so we ran amongst gothics & ghouls, singers, live statues and many a strange character.

After a steady run back down Royal Mile we were faced with the decision to go up or around Arthur’s Seat, the ladies boldly chose the best option and up we went.  We were rewarded with views as far as the eye could see, albeit rather windy, I made sure they held on tight while I got their summit photo!

Hanging on to Arthur's Seat summit
Hanging on to Arthur’s Seat summit

I left the ladies at the end with a tasty treat and a big bottle of water which they thoroughly deserved and they headed off to find some tasty dinner!

Holyrood Park
Holyrood Park