19 Oct

Runners Set For History Lesson This Weekend

Runners at the Men's Health Survival of the Fittest 10k in Edinburgh.

There's a historical feel to several races taking place across the central belt of Scotland this weekend with runners going Roman at the Antonine Trail half marathon, trying to Beat Beethoven in Stirling, and emulating William Wallace at the Men's Health Survival of the Fittest 10K in Edinburgh.

Participants are encouraged to 'follow in the way of the Romans' at the inaugural Antonine Trail half marathon on Saturday which is organised by Glasgow-based sports club Adventure Zone Scotland. The race takes place in Kilsyth and Cumbernauld, following the route of the Roman Antonine Wall. The course is mostly off-road, using trails and paths in and around the Kelvin area, starting at Antonine Community Sports Club in Croy and going through Kilsyth, Twechar then back to Croy via Bar Hill Forest and Croy Hill. If successful, there are plans to extend the event to a full marathon next year.

Another race set to make its debut is Sunday's Beat Beethoven Fun Run. Organised by the Rotary Club of Bridge of Allan and Dunblane, the event is based on a Canadian race and will be held at the University of Stirling. Participants will attempt to run 5k or walk 2.7K in the time it takes to play Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (around 35 minutes). All entrants receive a medal and those who finish within the time will receive a certificate.

Former Scottish international rugby player, Tony Stanger is taking part with his wife, Bid, and their three children. Bid commented: "We are very excited about the event and have mentioned it to so many friends who we hope will take part too."

Also on Sunday, Edinburgh hosts the Men's Health Survival of the Fittest 10K - part of a series of events being held around the UK. The challenging route will involve a 'Braveheart Charge' down the Royal Mile before hitting a hay bale wall then dropping down through the alleyways of Market Street towards the old Nor' Loch (now Waverley Train Station), runners will then go on a steep ascent up Jacob's Ladder to Calton Hill and the National Monument where there will be two dramatic obstacle zones with majestic views of Auld Reekie, before heading back across the Royal Mile towards Holyrood Park.

For a full list of this weekend's events, visit our race listings page.