23 Oct

Witness The Fitness

Bryan Mackie after winning of the Men's Health Survival of the Fittest Edinburgh 10K

Around 2,800 runners leapt over hay bales, tackled rope climbs and scaled an 8ft wall on Sunday (21 October) as they competed in the Men's Health Survival of the Fittest 10K in Edinburgh. The endurance event, organised by Rat Race Adventure, is part of a series of challenge races which 25,000 people across the UK take part in.

Starting outside St Giles' Cathedral on the Royal Mile, the race took runners to the fringes of Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat, into the Old Town and through the Cowgate and Grassmarket. First across the finish line was 33-year-old Bryan Mackie of Edinburgh AC, who completed the race in 41:18.

He said: "This was one of the first races I did when I first started running and I dreamt of winning it back then, so I'm really happy."

Mackie was followed just over a minute later by John Allan in 42:23, and Shaun Chew (42:48), who managed to go one better than his fourth place finish in Nottingham but was unable to recreate his victory at the Cardiff event earlier this month.

Despite being sponsored by a men's magazine, around 30% of competitors are female, with Sheila Johnston from Callendar coming first in the women's field (48:21). Gillian Treasurer, a solicitor from Edinburgh, was taking part for the second year in a row and paid tribute to her fellow females.

She said: "There are some tough women who take part. One of my friends was the top woman last year and beat about 95% of the men. But we didn't view it as men versus women; we just wanted to get the best time. And everybody is watching out for each other."

After the event she commented: "Excellent race today, very well organised and somehow even harder than last year! Now if anyone knows how to get mud out of yellow leggings then please let me know."

For more information visit the Men's Health Survival of the Fittest website.