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Edinburgh Marathon Loses Key Influencer

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 15, 2010
  • Updated Dec. 15, 2010 at 9:07 AM UTC

One of Scotland’s best race directors has passed.

The man credited with transforming the Edinburgh Marathon, Geoff Simms, passed away at the age of 46 after losing a battle with cancer. According to an article in the Edinburgh Evening News, Simms revived the marathon seven years ago and was instrumental in its success. During his tenure as race director, the marathon blossomed from 3000 runners to more than 23,000 this year.

Current race director Neil Kilgour paid tribute to Simms. ”We as a team have been privileged to have worked with and had as a friend a loving individual who will be very much missed by us all,” he said.

Simms began his career working with youth and homeless charities. He was extremely successful with fundraising and had managed to collect nearly $5 million annually for over 380 charities.

“His legacy is the positive impact that he had on all who worked with him as well as the knowledge that he has put in place a team that will continue to deliver world class events that raise significant money for the charity sector,” Kilgour noted.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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