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Apex Waterloo Place runner braves elements to complete second Rock n’ Roll Edinburgh Half Marathon

Habeeb Atanda
Habeeb Atanda joined 5,500 runners as they hit Edinburgh’s streets for the Rock n’ Roll Edinburgh Half Marathon on Sunday 14th April.  A guest services supervisor at Apex Waterloo Place in Edinburgh, Habeeb has only been distance running for three years however has a history of running having represented his school at both the 100 and 200 metres.  He completed the race in 2 hours 4 mins 25 seconds in horrendous weather conditions which led to some of the race being altered and led to the end concert being cancelled. 

Habeeb said:  “Before the race everyone was doing the utmost to stay warm and dry.  The strong winds and rain made it difficult however as soon as the event started, everyone got into it.  The bands at each mile really kept everyone motivated to keep going and the cheering from the volunteers and crowds made it all worthwhile.

“I’m really proud to have completed my second Rock n Roll Edinburgh Half marathon even though it was a lot tougher than I expected, and I’d like to thank my friends, family and Apex colleagues for all of their help and support.”

Habeeb ran the race for Macmillan Cancer Support, the nominated charity for Apex Waterloo Place and hopes to raise £125 following his run.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, which originated in San Diego, is a celebration of music and running that sees bands and DJs performing at each mile point along the race route, culminating in an electrifying festival finish line concert.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon events attract both competitive runners and people who just want to get dressed up as their favourite rock icon to experience the festival like atmosphere.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll race route also offers breath-taking views of the capital of Edinburgh. Starting and finishing at Holyrood Park, highlights along the race route include Grassmarket, the Meadows, the Mound, the Queen’s Palace at Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament building, Edinburgh Castle, Portobello Promenade, the Firth of Forth and Arthur’s Seat.

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series was founded in San Diego in 1998 and is the world’s largest running series. The race concept fuses music with running to create a high energy series of events that annually attracts more than 500,000 runners a year, both serious and those looking to have fun, and has raised over $267m for charity since its launch.

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