3 Oct

Rat Race ultra tour of Edinburgh returns

The ultimate running tour of Scotland's capital city, The Ultra Tour of Edinburgh (UTE), staged by Rat Race Adventure Sports, will return for its second outing on Sunday, 21 October, with a few exciting changes to its 55 km (approximately 34 mile) route. 

Late entries for the event, an achievable step up from a marathon into ultra-running territory, are still available online until Tuesday, 9 October.  

From a Braveheart-style start down the Royal Mile, the mixed terrain route will take runners through the streets and alleyways of the city centre, onto hills, up crags and past monuments, museums, and seats of royalty and government.

The route will also feature the occasional sojourn totally off road, allowing runners to enjoy views of the Pentland Hills to the shores of Newhaven. From there runners will head to the New Town, Stockbridge and the Dean Village and on to the finish at the Commonwealth Pool.

In all, the route will encompass 2800 feet of challenging ascent and descent. 

Jim Mee, managing director of Rat Race Adventure Sports, told runABC Scotland: "Edinburgh is one of the few cities in the UK where you can stage the perfect urban ultra run.  It allows for a multi-terrain, fully waymarked and fully supported journey through the city and outlying countryside that includes historic urban landscapes and evocative landmarks, together with parks, hills, rivers, cycleways, old railway tunnels, canals and coastal waters. 

"It truly is a tour-de-force of stellar Edinburgh sightseeing, all wrapped up into an ultra-distance running format starting and finishing in the centre of the capital, making it extremely accessible for both runners and spectators.”

Stewart Caithness, the course designer and race director for The Ultra Tour of Edinburgh added: "Edinburgh is hauntingly beautiful, rugged and famous in equal measure. The Ultra Tour offers a completely engaging running experience, an exciting city adventure, with stunning views and sights round ever corner on ever-changing terrain.” 

For more information, or to enter, visit the Rat Race website. 

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