Des Clarke and Steven Mill set to take on the Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run Team Relay.
Under the watchful eye of their coach and co-presenter Jennie Cook, Capital FM's Des Clarke and Steven Mill limbered up in the studio today and began their training for the Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run Team Relay.
Breakfast show host Des and news presenter Steven laced up their trainers and took to the streets in preparation for the relay event, which takes place on 19 April and will see Des tackle the first 4.75 mile section while Steven takes on the final 5.25 mile leg to complete the full 10 mile course between them. Co-host Jennie will be manning the Capital FM stage at the half way point in Edinburgh's Grassmarket, lending some much needed encouragement to the runners.
Des said: “I've been told the first leg of the relay is slightly harder with a few more uphill sections, but I've taken part in the full ten mile event before so I am ready and up for the challenge!
“Steven has hardly run a day in his life so I am happy to let him take on the gentler second leg. He has his enthusiasm and sparkling new trainers at the ready so we are all going to be cheering him on as he takes part in his first ever running event.”
Steven added: “I am relying on the old adage ‘it's not the winning, it's the taking part that counts'.
“I have no idea how long it will take me but I am looking forward to crossing the finish line and soaking up some of the amazing atmosphere around Edinburgh.”
Andy Mitchelmore from event organiser Nova International said: “Des and Steven are the perfect relay pairing, with Des being a seasoned runner and Steven a complete beginner.
“There is an option to suit a huge range of abilities within the Morrisons Great Edinburgh Run, from the two sections of the Team Relay to the full 10 mile route, which is ideal for those looking for the next step in running to bridge the gap between a 10k and half marathon.
“This is the only fully city centre running event in Edinburgh so our participants will be treated to a fantastic tour of some historic and iconic sites within the capital. Entry is open and I look forward to welcoming all of our runners on Sunday 19 April.”
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.
It will allow teams of two to complete the ten mile course between them. The first section of the course will cover approx 4.75 miles of hilly terrain and the second section will follow a gentler 5.25 mile route, including a downhill final mile. Both full ten mile runners and Team Relay runners will start and finish at Holyrood Park, with the Grassmarket hosting the Team Relay changeover point.
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.
Entry is now open for both the full 10 mile distance and Team Relay event: http://www.greatrun.org/great-edinburgh-run