Dundee to Edinburgh route for new long distance team challenge
Inaugural 'Scurry2Bridges' coastal relay set for summer date
A new ultra-distance relay promises to be ‘the ultimate test of teamwork, stamina and endurance running’. The inaugural Scurry2Bridges race will lead no more than 80 teams of four runners on a challenging but scenic mixed-terrain trek along the east coast – from Dundee Riverside to Edinburgh’s Silverknowes Promenade.
For most runners, the event will take place on Saturday, 14 August – but for the (un)lucky few with later legs, it will also carry on into the early hours of Sunday, 15 August.
The 100-mile/161-km route is split into 16 segments, with only one team member permitted to be on the go at once. Runners will need to navigate using GPX files, Fife Coastal Path posts and Event signage – and cross two bridges along the way.
But it won’t be ‘feet up’ time for the other members of the team while their number four is out on the trails: they’ll be busy navigating and driving to the next changeover spot. Only when their runner comes home – and hands over the timing chip – will they be able to set the next one off on their journey. When the challenge is over, each runner will have completed four stages of between 4 km and 13 km each.
There is no official performance criteria for runners hoping to take on the challenge, but each team should be able to run within an average page of 7min/km or 11min/mile. Runners must also provide evidence of a sub 70-minute mixed terrain 10km run in the last two years when they register.
Organisers Scurry Events say their team challenge is ‘the perfect way to reconnect with friends, family or work colleagues’ after many long months apart. But if you’d prefer to run the 100 miles around the Kingdom of Fife between Dundee, St Andrews and Edinburgh on your own, organisers say they may introduce a few solo places – for self-supported runners who meet certain experience/time criteria – once the team ones are all filled. Potential solos should contact Scurry Events directly to register their interest and outline their relevant running experience.
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