30 Mar

SUMS Times Two

Scottish Ultra Marathon Series

The second event of the Scottish Ultra Marathon Series (SUMS) takes place tomorrow (Saturday, March 31) with competitors set for the Glasgow to Edinburgh double marathon. The city-to-city race covers 56 miles and is expected to attract around 120 ultra runners.

The SUMS series took a surprising twist at first roun of the year - the D33 Ultra two weeks ago, with reigning champion Grant Jeans unable to gain the upper hand in the 2012 competition. Jeans was defeated by Teviotdale runner Gareth Mayze, who finished the event in 3:32:32. Rebecca Johnson of Bellahouston Road Runners took first position in the women's field, completing the ultra in 3:59:39.

Now in its fourth year, the race has proved to be one of the most popular on the SUMS circuit. Organiser James McMeekin told scottishrunningguide.com: "We have had some amazing feedback about the Glasgow-Edinburgh Ultramarathon and popularity is rising with the event selling out long before expected."

Predominantly fast and flat, the G2E takes runners through some beautiful scenery, as well as past the Falkirk Wheel and under the Antonine Wall. While some of the top names in ultra running are taking part this weekend, James said the race is open to anyone: "The event attracts both experienced and novice ultra runners - it's very easy to navigate but a course record of 06:22:56 for the 56 and a bit mile distance is sure to provide anyone looking to stretch their legs with a challenge!"

For more information and to view the list of registered participants for Saturday's race, visit the event website.