Page last updated at 16:27 GMT, Tuesday, 9 September 2008 17:27 UK

Marathon gives city 2.75m boost

Edinburgh Marathon runners.  Pic by Raymond Kirkpatrick
More than 13,000 runners took part in the last Edinburgh Marathon

The Edinburgh marathon generated more than 2.75m for the city's economy, according to its organisers.

This year's Albert Bartlett Edinburgh Marathon also raised more than 3m for charity.

Marathon and relay runners spent 1,207,744 over the marathon weekend and their supporters spent 1,546,548.

Every marathon runner brought an average of 2.38 people with them to the event and relay teams brought an average of 2.18 people.

Along with the 500,000 needed to stage the event its total economic benefit for the UK was said to be more than 6m.

'Great event'

Of the 10,230 full marathon entrants, 35.2% came from Scotland, 57.6% from the rest of the UK and 7.2% from overseas. Only 16.2% of marathon runners came from an Edinburgh postcode.

Damien O'Looney, Edinburgh Marathon marketing manager, said this year's event had made the biggest economic impact in its history.

He said: "We have staged another great event and it has benefited the economy by over 6m.

"The marathon draws thousands of people to Edinburgh who would not otherwise come to the capital, we receive entries from every county in the UK and from over 50 countries.

"I am also delighted that over 200 Scotland and UK charities have benefited by an overwhelming 3m."

The 2009 Albert Bartlett Edinburgh Marathon is on Sunday 31 May.

Places for runners in next year's Edinburgh Marathon will not be selected by ballot instead it will be open on a first-come-first-served basis.

First come first served marathon
05 Sep 08 |  Edinburgh, East and Fife
Runners take to capital's streets
25 May 08 |  Edinburgh, East and Fife
Marathon runners' entry deadline
01 May 08 |  Edinburgh, East and Fife
Marathon gets new title sponsor
07 Jan 08 |  Edinburgh, East and Fife
Runners flock to enter marathon
21 Sep 07 |  Edinburgh, East and Fife
Athletes take on flatter marathon
27 May 07 |  Edinburgh, East and Fife

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific