2017 Results

The City of Edinburgh Running Festival
Friday 23rd June 2017
1st Laura Munro, TLJT 21.5m  11.11secs
2nd Steven Park, Lasswade 7.5m
3rd Stacey Downie, Edinburgh AC 15.5m
1st Eleanor Briggs, Inverness 33m 21.29secs
2nd Sophie Elder, Jedburgh 40m
3rd Charlie Carstairs, Dalkeith 14m
400m OPEN Sandy Jardine Memorial MK TIME
1st Glyn Desport, Hawick 10m 49.92secs
2nd Greg Kelly, East Kilbride 4m
3rd Kyle Potts, Hawick 22m
1st Ewwn Bradley, Inverness 65m 1m 54.77s
2nd Martain Ramsay, Edinburgh 30m
3rd Kobe Stevens, Moorfoot 30m
1600m   MK TIME
1st   Rebecca Burns, Edinburgh  180m 4m 20.90s
2nd  Zoe Bates, Edinburgh 210m
3rd  Craig Robertson, Pitreavie 60m
90m YOUTHS 9 – 12 years MK TIME
1st   Sean McMichan, Hawick 21m 10.01secs
2nd  Abby Munro, TLJT 25m
3rd  Fraser Rout, TLJT 18m
90m YOUTHS 13 – 16 years MK TIME
1st   Ben Lyall, Kelso 6m 10.11secs
2nd  Matthew Newman, Hawick Sp. C 8.5m
3rd  Angus Bryce, TLJT 3.5m
200m YOUTHS 9 – 12 years MK TIME
1st Abby Munro, TLJT 50m 24.11secs
2nd Rebecca Grieve, Edinburgh  24m
3rd Fraser Rout, TLJT 30m
200m YOUTHS 13 – 16 years  MK TIME
1st Fraser Hutchon, Edinburgh 6m 23.70secs
2nd Imogen Lewis, Peebles 28m
3rd Josh Abott, Chirnside 5m
1st Scott Tindle, TLJT 20m 53.35secs
2nd Rebecca Grieve, Edinburgh 52m
3rd Ben Lyall, Kelso 10m
1st Fraser Clyne, Teviotdale 75m 2m 00.02s
2nd Sam Johnstone, TLJT 205m
3rd Ava Hughes, Teviotdale 220m
1st Laura Munro, TLJT 21.5m 11.39secs
2nd Stacey Downie, Edinburgh AC 15.5m
3rd Sophie Elder, Jedburgh 22m

Edinburgh Business Woman backs Female-only Sprint

An Edinburgh business woman with a passion for empowering females, has announced her sponsorship of the City of Edinburgh Running Festival’s (CERF) female-only race.

Sarah Gilchrist, owner of Bruntsfield boutique, C’est Si Bon, has decided to sponsor the Ladies 110m race, which has been designed to encourage more female athletes to compete.

Sarah herself has always been sporty but only in recent years undertook her first marathon in Paris.

When Sarah discovered there was a race which was specifically tailored towards encouraged females to get involved, she knew she wanted to be involved.

CERF was the first Scottish running event to feature a Ladies Invitation race which Graeme Armstrong, chairman of CERF, introduced after seeing the race in Australia. This type of race is now being expanded by Border Athletics with a stand-alone race specifically for female sprinters now an annual event.

Sarah said:

“Some people get big thrills out of helping women get active and fit, and in the same capacity, I love getting women to try on new clothes and feel amazing. When I heard about the CERF female-only race, I knew I wanted to get involved, and decided to sponsor the race.

“I think staying active is extremely important for everyone but as a female who has experienced running on a competitive level, I know how important it is to be encouraged and supported in a professional way. I can’t wait for CERF this year and will be at the end cheering all the woman on.”

Graeme Armstrong, chairman of CERF, added:

“We’ve been aware for a long time that the numbers of females in competitive racing is still not as high as males. Following a trip out to Australia, I decided to introduce a female-only race to CERF in the hope more females would join.

“We are already starting to see clubs such as Borders Athletics do the same as we all actively try and encourage females to keep sprinting and level the playing field with their male peers.

“The numbers have been increasing, I’d say about 25% over the past ten years in terms of racing in Scotland, but the number still has a long way to go. Hopefully this race is the start of something special and we can keep encouraging women to take up athletics and running on both a professional and personal level.”

Running and Mental Health

Running: It’s not just your physical health that can benefit

We have known for decades that running comes with lots of health benefits. From improving your circulation and strengthening muscles, to increasing lung capacity and burning fat, running has always been a great tool to improve your physical health. But what about the health of your mind?

Recently, I’ve been seeing some fantastic campaigns such as Heads Together, which has been supported by The Duke of Cambridge, The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Henry of Wales, has been working to end the stigma behind mental health. It has had a particular focus on physical activity helping many people overcome the challenges they are facing mentally.

We all seem to understand the idea that getting active is good for you physically, but increasingly people are talking about the benefits to our mental health. And it doesn’t always have to be on a competitive level. Dusting off your trainers and going for a jog can be just what you need to get out the house, enjoy some fresh air and clear your head. Understandably, a lot of people find even that part, the motivation to actually get up and go quite tough, but this is where joining a running club or rallying your friends and family can help. Some people say they have never had a bad run in their lives, meaning, even managing to go around the block is an achievement in itself and helps give your head the space we all sometimes need.

For me personally, running blows the cobwebs away and helps me see more clearly. It gives me a chance to forget about worries or work, or whatever is on my mind that day, and focus on relaxing and enjoying being active and outside.

As the chairman of The City of Edinburgh Running Festival (CERF), I have come across many runners who feel the same. We started CERF as a running festival with the aim to get the whole community together and create an event that would push and praise our athletes. It gives runners a chance to compete and have friends, family or even neighbours lend their support. Setting yourself goals gives you confidence, challenges you mentally and arguably, can prevent future mental health issues.

If you already do running as a hobby, no matter your age, I’d recommend joining a club or entering a competition as the positives are endless.

Hopefully we see more people shining a light on the mental health benefits of exercise and end the stigma of mental health once and for all.

It would be great to see more campaigns, like Heads Together, spreading the word about balance and the partnership between a healthy body and a healthy mind. If you are able to move, please do. It’s not just your body that will thank you for it. I can’t wait to see you all at this year’s CERF and hopefully welcome both old and new faces to the sport.

Graeme Armstrong.