I'm moving to Edinbugh from London mid- March and I'm looking for a bit of advice from the ultra-running fraternity to get me into running in the city as I really don't know it well at all.
Are there any running clubs in Edinburgh who are ultra-running friendly? I'm not the fastest over shorter-distances nor the fastest ultra runner (plus I haven't really run any races shorter than a marathon for 2 years) so I'm not looking for a super-speedy club, so if anyone here knows any running clubs in Edinburgh that might fit the bill that would be great. I did a 10:17 at NDW50 and a 4:25 at SDW marathon, if that helps anyone place me timewise. I have seen one club, Carnethy Hill Runners online, but any other recommendations appreciated!
Does anyone know of any good 15-mile plus runs from Edinburgh as well that would be great. My in-laws live near the Fife Coastal Path, so I've trained on that before, but my knowledge pretty much stops there!
On a final note, I'm volunteering at the Glasgow to Edinburgh ultra at the end of March, so if any forumites are running that let me know!
When I moved up here from Surrey 18 months ago (currently live on the Moray Firth), the local running club was a fabulous introduction to any kind of local running. Although I train for ultras I also take part in the local racing scene with them - road races, XC etc. There are a few people that do ultras but not many, but the club itself was just great for the social aspect and route finding. Aside from that it was the good old OS map and websites about the long distance trails in the area (of which there seem to be plenty). I guess it's a case of going along to a club or two and seeing how they run themselves and whether it suits you?
The SUMS http://ultrarunningworld.co.uk/blog/2011/12/19/scottish-ultra-marathon-series-2012/ has a great selection of races that pretty much cover most corners of Scotland too - and differing distances and terrain.
Happy running In fact for me, running up here is fabulous, I have every possible kind of running almost straight from my door
Welcome to Scotland - home of some of the best ultras in the UK. The SUMS series (Craig's link) is fantastic. I did 5 of them last year. Many will be full already though (WHW cewrtainly).
As Craig says, there are some amazing long runs from Edinburgh. My favourite is along water of Leith path to Balerno then through the Pentlands and back along the old railway via Penicuik and the Esk. A bit more than 15 miles though.
There's also the 7 hils of Edinburgh with a race every year as well. This is about 15 miles - a mix of roads and hills. Arthur's seat is one of the hills.
The 2 Breweries is classic race later in the year. A longish hill race but a pint awaits at the end.
Also the Pentland skyline if you like fantastic views and hills. Can be done as a training run or a race from the ski centre.
Flatter routes are along the coast in either direction.
Carnethy is a very popular hill running club. No longer a member as now moved north.
I live in the East Midlands.
I cast envious eyes towards:
Ultras in the south of England
Ultras in Scotland
You might just have lived a blessed life!
Thanks for all the tips. Really looking forward to the move. I only got into trail running over the past two years and am looking forward to having lots more on my doorstep.
Hi and welcome to Scotland! I've also volunteered to marshal at the Glasgow-Edinburgh double, but from the Glasgow end as that's where I'm based. I don't know anything about running clubs in Edinburgh, but I do know there are big groups of ultra runners who arrange weekend get-togethers for long training runs on sections of the West Highland Way, cause three of the SUMS ultras are run along it. If that sounds like your thing, have a look at the forum on the WHW website for more info...
Hi Accidental Runner,
welcome to Scotland! based in Glasgow myself but used to live in Edinburgh and running in Edinburgh is tremendous. lots of hills, flats, seaside air, busy bits, quiet bits, parks, beaches and plenty events to choose from. The Scottish Running Guide online is a great resource for events and club listings. here is the guide's list of Edinburgh clubs... I have no idea if they missed anyone out though as wasn't in a club when in Edinburgh. one thing to prepare for about Edinburgh though, is it's bloody windy. I'm sure there will be runnners from Orkney and Aberdeenshire who will laugh at this but but to a west coast man for Glasgow, Edinburgh is noticably cooler and much windier, drier for sure but cold. the wind on a December morning in Edinburgh can cut yer face open.
having said that, I do concede Edinburgh is one of the most attractive places to live in the UK, let alone Scotland. enjoy!
Since you ask, there are plans afoot for a Scottish 100-miler in 2013.
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