Nearly 300 runners participated in Edinburgh’s third Urbanathlon last Sunday, on a breezy but glorious day in the shadow of picturesque Arthur’s seat.
In this 10k run with a twist, runners scrambled, crawled, jumped, and waded their way through 11 obstacles along the track. Many embraced the fancy dress theme with penguins, where’s wally, superheroes, ninjas, pink ladies and the Tasmanian devil all turning up in great spirits to raise funds for the Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland charity.
Speaking before the event started, Melanie Queen, whose family traveled from East Kilbride clad in fancy dress, said ‘Urbanathlon is fun, a great way to raise funds, and should be good for the kids’.
Aside from being a great way for adults and children alike to let their hair down, the event was also a great training exercise for the many athletes who attended. 25 year old Chloe Cox, a Scottish half-marathon runner, recorded the fastest time of he day, crossing the finish line after an impressive 41 minutes. Ian McEwan, a sprinter from Glasgow attending the event for the second time, said, ‘I really enjoyed it, especially the bouncy castle obstacle. It was good training for me’.
The run was truly international with two runners from Chicago, one from Canada and another from Northern Ireland all joining in. ‘Rob’ Roy Davidson, the winner of this year’s Total Wipeout also completed the challenge in his trademark kilt.
Organisers are pleased that the day went well, and it is expected that they will exceed their target of raising Twenty thousand pounds.
Organiser Alison Bertram said ‘We hugely appreciate all the efforts our runners and their supporters went to for what is now the fifth outing for Urbanathlon in Scotland. It was a bit windy in places but the runners all did themselves proud and brought a great atmosphere to Holyrood Park. Many thanks to everyone who took part, came and cheered and helped us marshal the 10km route’.
All funds raised will help support those affected by chest, heart and stroke illness in Scotland via research, advice, support services and community groups.
And here are some photos from the event, provided by CHSS Fundraising.