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.”

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