Queen gives race route royal seal of approval

RUNNERS will cross the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, after the Queen gave the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run her royal seal of approval.

She granted permission for thousands of participants to run through the grounds of her official Scottish residence on Sunday, 2 May. More than 10,000 runners of all abilities are set to take part in the event, which organisers hope will be the biggest ever. The race will start in Holyrood Park, beginning and ending within sight of the palace.

Senior events manager Andy Mitchelmore said the race was already recognised as one of the world's "most scenic" 10km events. He said: "The route has always taken runners past most of the city's most famous landmarks, but being able to actually run through the grounds of the Palace of Holyroodhouse makes this year's course extra special."

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Councillor Steve Cardownie, the city's festivals and events champion, said: "The race can surely stake a claim to having one of the most spectacular sporting-event backdrops in the world."