Edinburgh was this week voted the second best city in the UK for running, and with many of the capital's runners heading to Glasgow for the Great Scottish Run, Sunday presents a great chance to take advantage of a quiet capital and join Staying Alive's last running tour.
The Staying Alive Running Club has been holding free running tours of Edinburgh for locals and tourists throughout August, which have attracted people from Scotland, England, France, Italy and Poland. The tour leaves from the Commonwealth Pool and finishes at the Grassmarket. There are seven stops to highlight 25 Edinburgh sights/facts during the 3.5 mile route, which takes around 1 hour 30 minutes. The pace is very gentle so it caters for all running abilities. Afterwards, participants retire to a bar in the Grassmarket for a drink and to get know each other better.
Flavioano Vitulli took the tour while visiting from Rome and said: "Our holiday started with the Staying Alive running tour which meant a lot for us and I imagine it would be the same for other people. We are all looking for the same thing after all - friendship."
A local participant was also impressed, saying: "I had a fab evening and learned more about old Edinburgh than I have in the entire 14 years I've lived here."