11 Oct

Edinburgh Set For Survival Test

Competitors running over bales of hay

Edinburgh will once again be turned into a giant assault course on Sunday 20 October as Men's Health Survival of the Fittest returns to the Scottish capital. Now in its fourth year, a record 3,500 runners are expected to take part in the 10k running-based event. The race sees competitors tackling a running route interspersed with obstacle zones throughout the city centre.

Men's Health Survival of the Fittest is being organised by Rat Race Adventure Sports, who staged their first ever event - the Rat Race Urban Adventure (one of the UK's first urban adventure races) - in Edinburgh in 2004.

This year's Edinburgh date forms one of five fixtures across 'survival season'. Other events take place in Cardiff, Nottingham and Manchester and culminate with a season closer at London's Battersea Power Station.

The Edinburgh course will feature a 'Braveheart charge' starting sequence on the Royal Mile, followed by a tough ascent of Jacob's Ladder and the completion of multiple obstacles all over the Old Town and Holyrood Park. It finishes in West Princes Street Gardens where spectators are encouraged to come and cheer on the participants.

The obstacles themselves consist of a variety of challenges and runners should expect to face some survival classics such as a series of hay bale walls, an Army assault course, the Parkour zone and a roadworks-inspired 'Men's Health at Work' zone. Also standing between entrants and their chances of crossing the finish line will be the infamous Men's Health 'Wall of Fame' - a sheer eight foot high construction, which competitors must scale before they are able to officially call themselves a survivor.

Jim Mee, managing director of Rat Race, commented: "Survival has become a much-loved date in Edinburgh's events calendar and we love the way in which the city not only embraces the event, but gives us an amazing canvas on which to create this quirky urban obstacle course. These events are unique and provide a brilliant way to see the city differently, whilst having a bit of rough and tumble along the way."

Entries can be made online through the website and are open until Wednesday 16 October. For more information, visit the Men's Health Survival website