The reminder service for the 2018 Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run is now open at: Greatrun.org/Edinburgh

The Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run took place in Scotland's capital city today with around 5,000 participants pulling on their trainers for the iconic event.

With a brand new five mile option for 2017, allowing more people than ever of all abilities to join the only running event that goes through the heart of historic Edinburgh, runners took in some of the capital's best sights including Holyrood Palace, Arthur's Seat, Greyfriars Bobby and Edinburgh Castle.

The day got off to a flying start with the 5-mile event, followed by the traditional 10 mile, with thousands of runners being supported by course entertainment, cheering crowds and a new ‘scare point' at the famous Edinburgh Dungeon.

The Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Family Mile and the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Toddler Dash took place in the afternoon with Edinburgh Leisure's official mascot PAWS on hand as the official starter to set children and their families on their way.

There was a strong, competitive race out in force across the full 10 mile route and the 5 mile event, as well as some familiar faces from the world of Scottish TV and Radio.

It was a Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run double for New Zealand's Daniel Wallis and his new wife Hillory Wallis, who sealed victory once again in the men's and women's race.

The two were the event's 2016 champions and returned to the city as newlyweds to once again cross the finish line first.

Dan was first over the finish line in the 10 mile, completing the route in 50:23, closely followed by Andrew Douglas in a time of 50:41 and Michael Crawley in a time of 52:23.

First woman Hillory came in at 1:03:42, with Mia Lutsch runner up in 1:04:42 and Victoria Riddell third in 1:06:26. Dan said: “I found the race a lot harder than I did last year but I wanted to do my best to try and win again.

“I really wanted to be able to relax and run around at a marathon pace but Andrew who came in second just wouldn't let me.

“I managed to pick the pace up and luckily it was just enough to take first again.”

Hillory added: “I felt a little bit of pressure going into the event as a previous winner.

“I expected to be able to handle the course a lot better this time but it was just as hard, it's a tough course to run and the hills are not easy to tackle. “Last year was so fun and I enjoyed it just as much this year and it's a new thing for me to cross the finish line first as a Wallis this time.

“It's special moment for Dan and I to both finish first together.”

The 5-mile top three were Barry Paterson in a time of 28:53, followed by Jimmy McIntyre in 31:22 and Keith Doyle in 31:30.

They were joined on the winners' podium by the female top three, Rachel Newstead in 32:51, followed by Emma Davis in 36:48 and Andrea Cobo Ibanez in 37:15.

Famous faces from Scotland also joined runners this year, including STV Live at Five presenter David Farrell. Capital FM DJ Brad Yule also took on the 10 mile as part of his training for the inaugural Stirling Scottish Marathon.

The day was also a special one for fundraiser ‘Blind' Dave Heeley, who is aiming to be the first blind runner to complete every Great Run event in one year.

Dave took on both the 5 mile and the 10 mile course and said although he was not able to see the many sights of Edinburgh, his loyal group kept him informed every step of the way.

He said: “At around three miles into the 10 mile, I started feeling a little twinge in my leg but the lads kept me going around the course by telling me every single landmark we were passing.

“I had a great history lesson about Edinburgh and for a blind bloke, it was a great scenic view to have!”

Nicky Homes, from event organisers The Great Run Company said: “It is always exciting to see so many runners take to the roads of Edinburgh, passing so many iconic buildings along the way.

“The Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run has been a key fixture in the Scottish running calendar since 2005 and the introduction of the five mile course means that the event has now grown to be a fantastic day of running for all abilities.

“The new 5 mile distance has allowed runners who are more comfortable with a shorter distance to still be part of the day and it has gone down really well with our participants. We look forward to welcoming everyone back again next year.”

The reminder service for the 2018 Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run is now open at: Greatrun.org/Edinburgh