Team Locogen are running the Edinburgh Marathon in aid of Renewable World, using renewable energy to help tackle extreme poverty.
Four of the team here at Locogen, collectively known as ‘Run Like the Wind,’ have bravely, or foolishly, agreed to run in a relay team in the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday 27th May. They are running to support Renewable World, a charity which tackles poverty using renewable energy. Renewable World’s mission is to empower energy-poor communities to develop sustainable livelihoods through the provision of renewable energy systems. You can support them by donating on their just giving page here.
Run Like the Wind’s mission, on the other hand, is simply to complete the marathon with the minimum of embarrassment. Given the preparation and physical condition of our brave athletes, even this could be a bit of a challenge. Here’s the running order for Run Like the Wind’s Edinburgh Marathon relay team:
Ian McLean tackles Leg 1: The Royal Leg – 8.3 miles. Starting on Potterrow in the grounds of Edinburgh University, Ian volunteered to run this, the first and longest leg. Partly because he’s brave and partly because he forgot about a lunch engagement later in the day. Ian will enjoy basking in the adulation of the city centre crowds as he heads across the High Street, down The Mound and into Princes Street Gardens, before petering out and being bundled into a car somewhere around Musselburgh and taken off to lunch.
Stuart Hamilton takes over for Leg 2: The Cock & Pan Leg– 5.5 miles. Stuart has courageously selected the second shortest leg, crossing the River Esk and pausing only briefly to admire Musselburgh Racecourse, where many of his top tips have succeeded in almost matching him for pace. We expect Stuart to finish his section at Port Seton Links but, like one of his nags, we wouldn’t bet on it.
Cedric Gerbier has been allocated Leg 3: The Gosford Leg – 8 miles. Cedric heads up Locogen SAS in France, from our offices in Dijon, but he lives in Edinburgh so he’s bound to know East Lothian really well. Probably. Based on the pace of our first two runners, Cedric is sure to enjoy a little peace and quiet on his section, far behind the madding crowds. If he finds his way back to Port Seton, all well and good; if he doesn’t, there are some great golf courses to enjoy.
Andy Lyle has completely fairly and transparently drawn Leg 4: The Glory Leg – 4.4 miles. Unusually for Andy, he will take the plaudits on behalf of the team, sauntering along the extremely challenging (ahem) 4.4-mile section while waving serenely at the adoring public. There will be plenty of photo-ops as he approaches the finishing line at Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School, completing what is sure to be a hugely impressive, if not entirely rapid, Edinburgh Marathon for Locogen’s crack Run Like the Wind marathon men.
Renewable World is an excellent charity and Locogen is proud to be able to support them. So, if you can spare anything at all to help us meet our £1,000 target, we’d be very grateful indeed. Here’s that link again to the just giving page:
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.