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Marathon gets new title sponsor
Fiona Matheson
Last year's women's race was won by Fiona Matheson
The Edinburgh Marathon has found a title sponsor to help stage the 500,000 event.

Scottish root grower and packer company Albert Bartlett has pledged a five-figure sum.

The event will now be known as the Albert Bartlett Edinburgh Marathon. It follows past financial fears over the event's traffic management funding.

Some 7,066 entrants have already signed up for the 25 May run. Runners have until 15 January to enter.

Charity entries are available until 2 May.

Natural produce

Geoff Sims, Edinburgh Marathon chief executive, said: "We are delighted to have Albert Bartlett as the title sponsor of the marathon.

"Edinburgh Marathon and Albert Bartlett will work together to continue to give Edinburgh a top class marathon.

"Albert Bartlett have a nationwide reputation for quality and their commitment to providing high quality, naturally-grown produce for a healthier lifestyle makes them an ideal sponsor for such a great sporting charity event as the Edinburgh Marathon."

John Hicks from Albert Bartlett said: "We are committed to promoting healthy living both in terms of a healthy diet and physical activity.

"We believe that our partnership with the Edinburgh Marathon will provide another great platform to deliver this message and are delighted to be supporting the event."

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