Ryan Beattie says he’ll postpone his honeymoon next year to defend his history-making Edinburgh half-marathon title.
The 25-year-old runner worried he was running too fast when cruising at the half-way point of Sunday’s race and feared a burn-out, because of the gulf between himself and the rest of the pack.
But thanks to help from new club Falkirk Victoria Harriers, he upped the pace further and ran on to become the first Scottish winner of the race in one hour nine minutes.
“The Harriers have taught me a lot in the seven weeks I’ve been with them - I used to only run myself, but they’ve helped me to develop and work on my speed. They approached me a few weeks ago after seeing my time in their Round The Houses race in Grangemouth, so I joined,” he told Heraldsport.
But Sunday’s success poses a problem for Beattie, who
recently got engaged to
fiancée Natalia – they plan to marry next May.
“I’m hoping it won’t clash because I have to defend my
title don’t I? I’ll maybe work the honeymoon around it.”
Future wife Natalia runs with the Vics too – and missed the celebrations and medal ceremony for Ryan as she was still completing the course.
“It was unbelievable – I thought I had gone too fast and was going to burn out in the second half,” Beattie, a construction worker in his father’s business, added.
“This year I’m running the Great North Run for Children with Cancer charity, but sticking to the half marathons.”