Cocktail kings Nick Boyd and Nik Gowrie from Edinburgh's ‘Cocktails and Kilts' headed for Calton Hill today (3 February) to practice their paces ahead of the Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run on 19 April.

Nick and Nik will be donning their kilts and trainers to take part in the Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run. They will be joined by around fifty other runners in kilts and are hoping to recruit many more to run with them on the day.

The duo are aiming to raise £10,000 for Breast Cancer Care, an illness that has affected many people they have known over the years.  The boys donate 10% of annual profits from their ‘Cocktail and Kilts' party business to the charity.

Nick Boyd said: “We took part in the Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run a couple of years ago in our kilts and ran the 10k which was great. The atmosphere on the day was brilliant and cheers we got from the crowds lining the route as we went past in our kilts were a real boost. The 10 mile distance is obviously a tougher challenge so we are hoping people will dig deep to support us along the way.”

Nik Gowrie added: “We really enjoyed taking part in the Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run a few years ago and are looking forward to the more challenging route. We hope to have around fifty of our friends run with us in kilts on the day, both in the 10 mile distance and Team Relay. We would like to encourage anyone who is thinking of signing up to join our team and kilt up!”

Andy Mitchelmore from event organiser Nova International said: “It's great to have the ‘Cocktails and Kilts' boys running with us again this year. They caused quite a stir in their kilts so it will be great to see many more kilted runners out on the course on 19 April. If you fancy joining the boys, entry is now open for both the 10 mile distance and the new Team Relay event which is for teams of two to complete roughly 5 miles of the course each.”

The Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run has been a part of the running calendar since 2005 and is the only event to go through the capital city, taking in sights like Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Bobby and the Grassmarket – which will host the switchover point in the Team Relay.

The Morrisons Great Edinburgh Team Relay has been introduced for the first time this year to give people the opportunity to take part and experience the great day and iconic city without the pressure of extra training.

Entry is now open for both the 10 mile distance and Team Relay event:  http://www.greatrun.org/great-edinburgh-run