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Edinburgh Men's 10k

Men's 10k Banner and Route Map

I don't do Movember. I tried it once and even if the itch hadn't driven me nuts, 1970s male adult entertainer is really not a good look on me.

So, instead, I decided to run 10k  through the streets of Edinburgh  for Cancer Research UK as an alternative; figuring the most I'd have to suffer for was about 90 minutes rather than a whole month.

Woke up to torrential rain, but thankfully it had cleared up by the time I took my place in the tarting pen.

The first 3k were mostly downhill as we made our way from the Royal Mile, just below Edinburgh Castle, down the Mound, through Princes Street Garden, along Market Street and then out until the far end of Holyrood Park. The next 2k through the park are fairly flat, but then things change. From there, it's almost  a constant climb for 2 k up through the Cow Gate, through the Grassmarket (which offered a brief respite, then uphill to Lothian Road. After that, the final 3k down Lothian Road, along the Western Approach Road then on to Murrayfield stadium are mostly downhill.

In the end, despite walking a bit of the climb out of the Grassmarket, I still knocked a chunk off my previous 10k PB finishing in 1:03:49.

If you'd like to show me some support/help me raise money for a good cause, feel free to visit my Just Giving page. It will most definitely be appreciated.

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