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Ultra Tour of Edinburgh

20-Oct-2019 Royal Mile, Edinburgh, UK (Scotland)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
57KM / 35Miles
1 Day - 500 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

Entry From £84 GBP

Dawn breaks and in the crisp autumn air of Scotland’s Capital a quite remarkable event gets underway.

Enveloped within the beating heart of this most famous of cities, the runners of the Ultra Tour of Edinburgh set off with a Braveheart charge down the most famous street in Scotland – the Royal Mile.

Their course then weaves 57km through streets, alleyways, onto hills, up crags, past monuments, museums, seats of Royalty, Government and up and down 3000 feet of ascent and descent.

The Ultra Tour of Edinburgh is unique. Many events claim to be. But this one is an Ultra Run in a city – a city like no other.

Rat Race is the UK’s best known adventure sports outfit and our company was forged on the streets of Edinburgh in 2004 with the staging there of our first ever event. It is to our spiritual home that we bring a superlatively ‘doable’ Ultra. 57km on foot is no mean feat but for all those out there who think they can go that extra mile, you can.

And what better place to do so than somewhere so hauntingly beautiful, rugged, gnarled and famous in equal measure.


Event Organiser
Rat Race Adventure Sports



Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

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10:42 15-11-18

I enjoyed this low key race. Nice balance between the country and the city. Course becomes a little sinuous and sees multiple road crossings in the final stages. Also clarity as to the actual course length would be appreciated. Good range of food and drink at the pit stops. Thank you to the friendly/tenacious race marshalls.
Highly recommended as a next step for the habitual marathon runner.

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05:23 24-10-18

October 2018

My first ultra and I loved it. The event organisers were very thorough at sending information through prior to the race and ensuring you were well prepared.

The course was lovely, although the weather on the Pentland Hills was a bit brutal so if you are doing this event be prepared for rain and wind.

The pit stops were well stocked, my only minor criticism would be that they could have done with a bit more savoury snacks as I am not massively keen on too much sweet stuff.

The route is clever, it takes you out to the hills but brings you through Edinburgh on routes that avoid the crowds and show off the city to its best advantage.

Would recommend this event, for a first timer it is hilly but flat enough on the latter part of the course to get you round.

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10:32 24-10-18

October 2018

This was my first Ultra and I would recommend this race if you are wishing to dip your toes into Ultra marathon running.

The marshals and volunteers were friendly and very helpful. The pit stops were really well stocked with a good variety and I cannot resist having a cup of tea and a little picnic before I set off. The route is very well marked which can put you at ease and you only have to worry about the running.

Since I live in Edinburgh I suppose I take the scenery for granted but there is plenty to take in to take your mind of the miles.

As a whole very well organised and definitely worth a visit.

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02:02 15-12-17

Having visited Edinburgh before and like many tourists toured the city on an open-top bus, the idea of exploring the wider city and running an ultra sounded perfect.

Starting with a mass Braveheart-style charge down the Royal Mile, the route takes in variety of sights such as Holyrood, the Innocent Railway Tunnel, Craigmillar Castle, the Pentlands Hills, the Water of Leith, Slateford Aqueduct and Murrayfield Stadium.

Three pit stops well positioned around the route offered a large selection of sweet and savoury snacks, hot drinks and in addition to water, isotonic drinks were on offer which was a welcome relief when I spotted them at the first pit stop.

The variety of routes ensured that you were always moving between different scenery and different terrain and every key point and road crossing along the way were manned by officials ensuring that it was nigh on impossible to get lost.

One big draw to the race was the prospect of finishing on the pitch at Murrayfield and it was such a memorable experience running towards the stadium and then entering the finishing on the pitch. Running towards the finish line with a commentator announcing your name and time just topped off an excellent race.

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