Get Your running shoes on!

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By Greg Lorraine

Entries to the 2009 Albert Bartlett Edinburgh Marathon are expected to close this Friday due to the huge demand for places.

The event, taking place on May 31, has already seen its entry limit increased by 20 per cent. Usually standard entries close on January 15 or when they reach the 11,500 limit. It is the first year that entries have been open on a first-come-first-served basis.

Damien O’Looney, marketing manager for the marathon, said: “The Albert Bartlett Marathon is one of the ‘must run’ races in the UK and attracts all levels of runners. It brings thousands of people to Edinburgh from all over the UK.

“In just a short time, it has grown in popularity, with the number of people wanting to enter increasing every year. It’s great that so many people are taking part.”

The event takes runners past some of Edinburgh’s most famous landmarks and tourist attractions, including Arthur’s Seat and Edinburgh Castle.

It is the seventh year the event is taking place, with runners raising almost £3million in this year’s marathon for a number of different charities.

If you feel up to the challenge, all 26.2 miles of it, then go to http://www.edinburgh-marathon.com/ for more information.