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City grants reprieve to Meadows Marathon

posted 3 Feb 2009, 05:32 by David Rintoul   [ updated 18 Nov 2009, 19:37 ]

The Meadows Marathon has been granted a last-minute reprieve, despite other events in the area being banned.

Organisers had feared they would have to cancel the race, as the city council was planning a moratorium on all events to allow the Meadows to recover from over-use.

But city council officials decided that the half-marathon could take place on March 15th, provided runners stick to the paths.

Marquees also have to be erected on tarmac, rather than on the grass.

Students from Edinburgh University, who organise the event, hope more than 1000 runners will take part.

Last year more than 800 people completed the race, raising more than £40,000 for charities.