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Glasgow – Edinburgh ultramarathon

The Glasgow – Edinburgh Ultramarathon follows the course of the Forth & Clyde and Union canals and takes in the Antonine Wall and the Falkirk Wheel before leading competitors into the heart of Edinburgh. The course is largely flat following the towpaths through the Scottish lowlands yet remains a challenge for the veteran ultra runner and novice alike. Both Glasgow and Edinburgh offer numerous attractions to explore for those staying for the weekend – Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and is home to 41% of the Scottish population: once the 'second city of Empire' the city's thriving nightlife and vibrant culture provide a snapshot of 21st century Scotland. Edinburgh is Scotland's capital and its Old Town an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is famed for its castle, Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament, Dynamic Earth, Greyfriars Bobby, Arthur's Seat and many more attractions.

The race starts in Ruchill Park, Glasgow and has checkpoints approximately every 10 miles. The course is approximately 55 miles long and after leaving Glasgow is predominantly rural and off road until reaching Edinburgh. The finish is at Edinburgh Quay (a short walk from Haymarket train station).

The Glasgow Edinburgh Ultramarathon is held under UK Athletics Rules. Terms and conditions of entry and race rules are available here.

Date Saturday 1st April 2017
Registration from 8am on race day in Ruchill Park, Glasgow
Start 9am in Ruchill Park, Glasgow
Finish Edinburgh Quay (Lochrin Basin)
Registration fee £44 for Scottish Athletics members / £46 for non-Scottish Athletics members
Race time 12 hrs
Total race distance 55 miles (racing line!)
Prizes Various prizes from our sponsors and friends
Weather Spring in Scotland - anything from glorious sunshine to freezing blizzard!
Race pack

Race Pack 2016 (2017 pack coming soon)
Forth and Clyde Canal Guide
Union Canal Guide
The Waterways Code




Scottish CanalsEdinburgh City CuncilUltra Marathon RunningThe Running BugScottish Ultra Marathon Series

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