Sitting down, with a cup of tea and my feet up, I would like to say a big congratulations to all the fun runners, half marathon and full marathon runners who took part in the Meadows Marathon today! Despite the recent sunny spell not lasting, there was a great atmosphere with hundreds of people actively raising awareness and money for their chosen charities and causes, in fancy dress choices from bananas to bathroom taps!
Myself and Juliane chose to take part in the fun run to raise awareness of Merchiston Publishing’s latest live projects – Olalla by Robert Louis Stevenson and The Glorious Thing by Christine Orr. As well as talking to many individuals about the projects today, we also contributed promotional material to the runners bags that all participants received at the finish line giving the link to our publishing by degrees website – publishingdegree.co.uk.
Sweets may seem like a strange choice to include in a marathon runners bag, but there was a significance for this decision, apart from runners needing a good sugar boost of course! The vampire fangs and gummy teeth were chosen to represent Olalla, a novella of gothic theme that tells the story of a mysterious family with a strange penchant for human blood! Now for a fun fact that will hopefully help you in future table quizzes – jelly babies were originally called ‘peace babies’ to celebrate the end of the First World War! Which is fitting to represent The Glorious Thing as it is a novel set in the home front of Edinburgh during this very war.
Apart from having a great morning out and realising how unfit we are, it was really great to raise some awareness for our projects in a ‘novel’ way and inspiring to see how many people were interested in what we were doing, as well as hear some of their stories as well. Simoné Hinrichsen, a journalism student at Edinburgh Napier University, filmed our experience and a video of how we got on will be available to view in the near future, so stay tuned if you want to see us seriously struggling around the meadows and learn more about the projects!