As dawn breaks in Scotland’s capital on Sunday morning (22 October), a remarkable and unique event will begin – the Ultra Tour of Edinburgh. Runners will begin on one of Scotland’s most famous streets, The Royal Mile before taking on a 55K challenge, ending at the home of Scottish rugby, Murrayfield Stadium.
The course weaves through streets, alleyways, onto hills, up crags, past monuments, museums, seats of royalty, government and up and down 3000 feet of ascent and descent.
Organisers promise that while many events claim to be unique, the Ultra Tour of Edinburgh truly is a race like no other, in a city like no other. Rat Race is the UK’s best known adventure sports outfit and was forged on the streets of Edinburgh in 2004 with the staging there of their first ever event.
13 years on and they will bring what they describe as a ‘superlatively doable’ ultra to the city.
Jim Mee, of Rat Race Adventure Sports, is looking forward to the inaugural event: "This is a fully waymarked journey through the city streets and outlying countryside that includes historic urban landscapes and evocative landmarks, parklands, hills, rivers, cycleways, foot paths, canals and coastal waters,” he said.
"It truly is a tour-de-force of Edinburgh sightseeing, all wrapped up into an achievable but challenging ultra run event format."
There will be three stops on the route offering a variety of sweets, food and drinks at each. Toilets will also be available. Kit bag return, showers and a hot meal will be available to all finishers, as well as a unique medal.
Results from the Ultra Tour Of Edinburgh will appear on our Race Listing page on Sunday.