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.

Now in its 10th edition, the race has become a hotly anticipated event in the Scottish ultra calendar. The nature of the course means we keep to a relatively small field of entry, which also ensures a fun and friendly atmosphere. A great race for novices and experienced ultra runners alike, the challenge is there for all who wish to push themselves and experience both the historic and vibrant cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and the scenic lands that lie between them.

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, and is part of the Scottish Ultramarathon Series (SUMS).

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Points of Interest

Use the legend to find things to do around the Forth & Clyde Canal, and Union Canal