Onlookers in Edinburgh may have been slightly puzzled last Sunday (23 September) as a hungry bear and his porridge took on three crayons, the Pokémon crew, and a dragon, knight and princess in a race on Arthur's Seat. They hadn't stumbled across the set for a fantasy film though; the runners involved were merely embracing the fancy dress element of RoadBlock Run, an obstacle-strewn event to raise funds for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.
A sunny Scottish capital played host to the run (formerly called Urbanathlon Scotland) and saw Marie McCauley and Gary Bruce finish as top female and male runners in 47:37 and 48:11 respectively. They were joined by around 300 participants who scrambled, crawled, jumped, and waded their way through 11 obstacles. The efforts of the fancy dressed competitors were not unrewarded as there was a fancy dress prize which was won by Barrie-Duncan Fraser aka the Hungry Bear.
Roz Vidler took part in the race dressed as the playing card the seven of hearts but voiced her support for Fraser saying: "Give it to the bear for the effort of getting around the whole course! Although only if the same person who started as the bear crossed the finish line as the bear."
Organiser Alison Acosta thanked everyone who took part and said: "We hugely appreciate all the efforts our runners and their supporters went to for what is now the sixth outing for this event. We had two new obstacles this year including the Diversion! - a maze created by Class One Traffic Management and a lorry obstacle provided by Bishops Move which had people climbing through the lorry dodging the packing boxes. Many thanks to everyone who took part, came and cheered and helped us marshal the 10km route."
Current estimates are that over £20,000 was raised from the race which brings the total amount for the obstacle runs to well over £135,000 since 2009. For more information visit the RoadBlock Run website