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This year will see the the inaugural Ultra Tour of Edinburgh (UTE), a new 50km running tour of Scotland’s capital city, While being both challenging and completely engaging running The Ultra Tour of Edinburgh, on Sunday 22 October, will give both visitors and residents an alternative and all encompassing impression of Edinburgh in just a few hours, the perfect urban adventure in just one day. From a Braveheart style start down the Royal Mile, the mixed terrain route takes runners through the streets and alleyways of the city centre, onto hills, up crags and past monuments, museums, seats of Royalty and Government; from the


occasional sojourn totally off road to enjoy the hill top views of the Pentland Hills to the harbours of Leith. From there runners will head to the New Town and on to the finish at Murrayfield Stadium, home to Scottish Rugby. The Ultra Tour of Edinburgh, an open participatory event, is an achievable step up from a marathon into ultrarunning territory, as well as for those who are graduating from 10 mile, half marathon or multisport events. However being an Edinburgh event the route includes 3000 feet of tough ascent and descent. The majority who have prepared well and put in the training miles should do very well, completing the course in the 10 hours allowed.

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