St Andrews Historians Run Edinburgh Marathon for Charity

Marathon 2013

Members of the School of History ran the Edinburgh Marathon relay challenge last weekend (26  May) to raise money for MS Scotland – the sixth year in a row the Medievalists have done this. It was a glorious day with a real festival atmosphere.

There were two teams – one led by James Palmer with postdoc Fernando Arias, Neil Montgomery, and postgrad Roberta Cimino, the other led by Justine Firnhaber-Baker with postgrads Kimberley Knight-Ford and Will Eves. The route was divided into four legs, starting in Edinburgh city centre and winding through Holyrood Park down to the Forth, past Musselborough Race Course, out into the countryside and then back to Musselborough for a much needed rest! The teams managed impressive times of 3hrs 44mins and 3hrs 40mins respectively.

For the second team this was a particular achievement because a last-minute withdrawal meant that Kimberley ran two legs consecutively, of 8.4 miles and 5.6 miles! She also did so faster than James and Fernando managed running the same legs individually.

The teams want to raise to £1000 for MS Scotland, a charity chosen because of a former student of Mediaeval History who has Multiple Sclerosis. They are still only half-way to their target but there is still time to sponsor them retrospectively – either contact them directly or donate online at, where you can add ‘gift aid’. Any support is much appreciated!