Scottish athletes and friends Beth Potter and Steph Twell shared tips and advice at the launch of the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run

With just two months to go until the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run, runners met with Scottish athletes and friends Beth Potter and Steph Twell to receive training tips and advice.

Potter and Twell, who both represented Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and ran for GB at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, often train together and spoke to the group about the benefits of running with a buddy.

“When you lead a busy life, you can’t always do everything you need or want to do,” said Potter. “Combining your training time with your best friend or a partner can kill two birds with one stone.

“If you’re both training for a big event such as the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run, doing it alone isn’t always the best way.

“If there are two of you or a bigger group working toward the same goal, you can always share tips, advice and have an idea of how you are getting on in comparison.

“Plus there is someone to celebrate in style with when you cross that finish line!”

Twell added: “Whether you’re new to running or an elite runner, there are many benefits that running in a group or with a friend can give.

“Knowing that you have people waiting for you makes waking up on an early morning a lot easier, especially on those cold days.

“With the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run only two months away, runners will be in the height of their training and having the support from someone else who understands is crucial.”

The Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run, which this year takes place on April 23, is the only run that travels through the heart of Edinburgh city centre.

Starting in Holyrood Park, the course takes runners on a tour of the beautiful city centre, past Holyrood Palace, up the famous Royal Mile and passing tourist destinations such as the Edinburgh Dungeons.

The route takes in the iconic Edinburgh Castle, travelling past the Apex Hotel, which offers runners stunning views of one of Scotland’s biggest tourist attractions.

Participants then travel up The Mound before returning to Holyrood Park, near Arthur’s Seat and crossing the finish line.

This year’s event will feature the traditional 10-mile distance and also a brand new 5-mile run.

For more information and to enter the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run visit