A gruesome group from the Edinburgh Dungeon have escaped to the streets of Scotland's capital city this weekend for the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run.

Over 4,000 runners will take to the historic city centre for the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run on Sunday 23 April and participants will have to run for their lives when they pass the Dungeon on Market Street on the early stages of the course.

Edinburgh's most prolific witch Agnes Finnie was joined by the blood-thirsty Witch Picker to warn families, fundraisers and club runners alike that they will be behind them every step of the way.

The fearsome folk will form a ‘scare point' outside the Edinburgh Dungeon on the day of the run, providing music, entertainment and ‘encouragement' for the thousands of runners passing by.

The rascals from the Dungeon were joined by a group of families taking on the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Family Mile and Toddler Dash, an inclusive event to allow children and their families to take on a shorter running route on event day.

Among the families taking part will be six-year-old Dillan James and his eight-year-old sister Adda, from Edinburgh.

Dillan was diagnosed with Down's syndrome at birth and is hoping to raise over £100 for Down's Syndrome Scotland, a local charity which has supported his family. He will be running the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Family Mile with his Dad Dean and Mum Maya, after he was inspired to take part when he cheered his sister on last year.

Dean, 40, said: “One of the characteristics of Down's Syndrome is low muscle tone which will make taking on a mile long course very difficult for Dillan, but we are determined to raise some money for a tremendous cause.

“Fortunately, Dillan's lust for a medal when he crosses the finish line will push him through that barrier. “Down's syndrome Scotland have provided many families with great support and we have relied upon them many times for their vast resource library and wealth of knowledge.”

Francesca Dymond, of the Edinburgh Dungeon, said: “Our Dungeon devils are delighted to be on day release to be part of the Great Edinburgh Run this year.

"Our cannibals are looking forward to the prospect of thousands of warm bodies passing by their door, and Judge Mental will be giving his vicious verdicts on run-day fashion and sweaty Betties. It's going to be horribly good."

The Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run has been a permanent fixture in Scotland's capital city since 2005 and is considered one of most scenic city centre running events in the UK.

Covering the traditional 10 mile distance and a 5 mile distance for the very first time, the event is the only run that takes participants through the city centre and provides views of Edinburgh's most famous landmarks including Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament building and the historic Royal Mile as well as Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town.

Heading out from Holyrood Park, runners travel up the Royal Mile before going past the frightful Edinburgh Dungeon on Market Street where they will be ‘motivated' up the Market Street hill by the Dungeon's scoundrels manning the scare point.

Runners will also see amazing views, cheering crowds and pass four music points with quality entertainment. By the afternoon, the youngest athletes will take their place on the start line as flurry of little legs hurtle down the 100m stretch of the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Toddler Dash.

The Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Family Run finishes off a packed day of sport in the city, for children aged 3-15years old and their parents or family members.

For more information on the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run, visit: Greatrun.org/Edinburgh

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