Entries open for fifth City of Edinburgh Running Festival

The City of Edinburgh Running Festival (CERF) is back for its fifth year as online entries officially open, in what is Scotland’s foremost family running event.

Taking place on 23 June at Meggetland in Edinburgh, the festival uses a unique handicapping system which gives each competitor an equal chance of winning, no matter their age or ability.

Online entries for the competition are now live and include the 800 metre race, the UK’s most lucrative race with a £1,000 prize for 1st place, and categories for both adults and youths.

OrthoLink, a medical device company based in Edinburgh, is also sponsoring the 110m sprint race, offering £3,000 for 1st place, one of the largest prize money totals on the pro-running circuit.

CERF adds to a calendar of professional running dating back almost 200 years including Jedburgh Games and The New Year Sprint. CERF however offers some of the highest prize money available in the UK.

CERF Chairman, Graeme Armstrong said:

“We are thrilled to be back for our fifth year. The City of Edinburgh Running Festival is a great opportunity for the whole family to get involved as we have races for all levels and distances.

“The 800m is the most lucrative of its kind in the UK and we anticipate an exciting race. Spectators always get behind the runners and cheer them on so it’s a wonderful atmosphere to be part of.

“Entries are now open so hopefully we see even more diverse competition this year and look forward to welcoming families, friends and all other fans of the sport along to the track in June.”

Male and female athletes compete in youth, junior and open categories and, with over 20 events scheduled to take place over the evening, showcasing the finest of Scotland’s athletic ability.

The competition programme on the night includes heats, semi-finals and the final, with prize money awarded to the finalists in each event.

Competitors wishing to take part in the 2017 CERF have until 11 June to register at www.entrycentral.com