Some of Scotland’s leading actors including Taggart’s John Michie, Cal MacAninch of the BBC’s Holby Blue and Shauna MacDonald, leading lady in British horror film The Descent and the BBC’s spy drama Spooks, were in Edinburgh today to launch the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run.
The actors are part of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s famous running team “The Banana Army” so called because of their distinctive bright yellow t-shirts. They plan to take part in the popular city centre 10k later this year on Sunday 2 October.
John Michie plays DI Robbie Ross in the detective drama Taggart. Taggart last week launched a brand new series on ITV1, John said: “I have a real soft spot for the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run, it’s a beautiful city centre course that captures all the great landmarks of Edinburgh. I’m running for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research as I have done for many years now, it’s vitally important to continue to raise funds to help find a cure to beat blood cancers".
Shauna MacDonald, who is taking part with her husband Cal MacAninch for the fourth time said “We’re looking forward to taking part in the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run as part of the TV Times Banana Army celebrity running team for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. We have run this event many times before and there’s always a fantastic atmosphere. It’s a little later in the year than usual but I think it’s a good move as it will give us a target to train for throughout the year.”
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the official charity for the Bupa Junior & Mini Great Run series and the day also features the Bupa Junior and Mini Great Edinburgh Run, suitable for youngsters of all abilities aged 3 – 14 years covering 2.5k and 1.5k respectively.
Councillor Steve Cardownie, Festivals and Events Champion for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “It’s great to see so many of Scotland’s finest actors and sportspeople signing up for this year’s Great Edinburgh Run. Over the years, the race has cemented itself in the UK running calendar, offering an electric atmosphere for runners and spectators and taking place against what must be one of the most spectacular sporting-event backdrops in the world."
The event attracts runners of all abilities from across the U.K and has grown significantly in terms of the number of participants in recent years. It is televised live on Channel 5 and in 2010 was also the subject of a one hour highlights programme on BBC Scotland.
Following the success of the new route which captured many of Edinburgh’s most famous historic attractions and started and finished in Holyrood Park last year, the course will remain similar in 2011.
Entries for both events are open at www.greatrun.org