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Thousands hit streets in marathon

Fundraisers and elite athletes were among thousands of runners who took to the streets of the capital yesterday for the city's 12th annual marathon.

Runners from more than 100 countries set off from the centre of a rain-soaked Edinburgh to take on the 26.2-mile course. Organisers said around 30,000 people had signed up for the weekend festival, which also included a half-marathon, relay event, 10k and 5k routes.

Kenya's David Toniok, 30, raced to the finish line first to win the marathon in 2 hours, 15 minutes and 33 seconds, only 7 seconds off the course record.

Kateryna Stetsenko, 32, from Ukraine, was the fastest female finisher, crossing the finish line in Musselburgh in 2 hours, 36 minutes and 7 seconds.

The half-marathon was won by Scottish runner Ross Houston, who finished in 1 hour, 7 minutes and 16 seconds.

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