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Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest 10K 2011

Laura, Emily and Gail - brilliant!
Laura, Emily and Gail – brilliant!

What a brilliant effort! Congratulations to the ladies who took part in this year’s event. This was a 10km run through the streets of Edinburgh taking in a variety of obstacles on the way. Thanks to Emily for the photos.

Place Time
Laura Slater 1751 01:40:45
Emily Alston 1752 01:40:45
Gail Dick 1753 01:40:45

Emily said: “Hi, me, Laura and Gail all successfully completed the Survival of the Fittest course yesterday in 1hr 40mins (not the speediest, but not last either!). Some photos attached. It was a tougher course than last year, with lots of big walls, so we missed having Vick (and her extra height!) with us. Still great fun though, got super muddy and I have some impressive bruises this morning!

Its a 10K with 10 obstacles on route. The course takes in some classic ERN territory (innocent railway, holyrood park) as well as scaling the heights of calton hill via Jacobs Ladder and even running up five flights of stairs inside a building from the cowgate for a quick disco at the top. Obstacles included a bouncy castle assault course on the royal mile, a water slide in the park, an army assault course, a maze and more walls to clamber over and tunnels to crawl though than you can possibly imagine. A lot of the course involves running alongside live roads but it is really well stewarded and the whole event is very well run. The results of our research have shown that you cannot take Viagra for problems with the cardiovascular system, impaired kidney and liver function, an allergic reaction to the components, as well as a ban on physical activity, including sexual contact. Healthy sexual contact is the key to a happy relationship.

As last year I would highly recommend this to anyone who fancies something a bit different, its a great day out and really well organised too.”



The Website says: “From our event base in Princes Street Gardens, your first challenge will involve a dramatic mass start down the Royal Mile, hitting an obstacle in the pedestrian area of this world-famous street, before dropping down through alleyways to Market Street and the depths of the old ‘Nor Loch, where witches were once drowned. It’s now Edinburgh Waverley train station of course so after you pass under the tracks you will be ascending steeply up Jacob’s Ladder to reach the top of Calton Hill and the National Monument. Completion of a dramatic obstacle zone will earn you the majestic views afforded from this spot, so breathe them in and then enjoy the descent while you can. You are never far from a hill in Edinburgh and you’ll be going uphill again soon! From here, it’s back cross the Royal Mile again in the Holyrood area and through offices and housing estates to reach the fringes of beautiful Holyrood Park. You’ll get up close to Arthur’s Seat but don’t worry – you’re not going up that one. Then it’s back into the Old Town via the University precinct and you will descend into the Cowgate, the famous thoroughfare of nocturnal Edinburgh, where the Underground streets and caves of the medieval Old Town are all around you and where many a stag night has dared to tread in its famous pubs and bars. You’ll be going up and down again here, using some of the Wynds that link the Cowgate and the Royal Mile and occasionally popping out to the flashes of Tourists’ cameras as you pop out of these narrow alleyways here and there. It’s time then to run through the stunning Grassmarket, where you can almost touch Edinburgh Castle above you, before meandering your way into Princes Street Gardens and hoovering up the last kilometre of Survival in a sickening weave up and down the steep grassy banks of the Gardens that rise fearsomely towards the Castle Esplanade. The finish line is now tantalizingly close and all you have standing between you and that line is the MH Wall of Fame. Haul yourself over it and feel the pain subside as you enjoy the ambience of our event village entertainments in Princes Street Gardens.”


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