As we head into autumn, there may no longer be any need to maintain a body fit for the beach, but that’s no excuse not to get outside and lift our heart rates before the dark nights truly draw in. If you’ve been inspired by what you have seen at August’s Olympics, let us round up just some of the many activities happening throughout September.
Set amongst the Peatland Hills to the south of Edinburgh, The Push is the ultimate cross-country challenge. With a range of challenges to suit each ability and age group, you can tackle either the 5, 14, 20 or 26.2 mile challenge. The Push can be entered individually or as a team.
Awaiting you at the finishing line is a stunning view over the city, a medal and a tasty hog roast to help pick your strength back up. The money raised by participants goes towards St Columbia’s Hospice St Columba’s Hospice, which provides care to Edinburgh and the Lothians. Entry fees start at £30.
For all the keen cyclists out there, September 11th is a day worth marking down on your calender.
Pedal For Scotland, organised by Cycling Scotland is hosting its annual biking event, which includes its classic 46 mile challenge from Glasgow to Edinburgh as well as the gargantuan 112 mile Big Belter ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
For those looking for something a little less daunting, Pedal for Scotland also hosts the Wee Jaunt in Edinburgh, which joins the other cyclists on the last 10 mile’s of the Classic challenge route. With a traffic free ride through the city, starting at Linlithgow, Edinburgh’s Wee Jaunt makes for a perfect family bike ride or taster challenge for novice cyclists.
Entry fees cost a modest £8 for adults and £5 for children. Book your place now to avoid disappointment.
For women out there wanting to support those with cancer and have fun getting muddy at the same time, Edinburgh’s Race for Life: Pretty Muddy is always a blast for a great cause. An exciting obstacle course situated in the Royal Highland Centre, this will be the most fun you have ever had during a 5k slog. Due to the nature of the event it is only open to adults and children over the age of 13. For those wanting to take part, book online and remember to bring a change of clothes!
Entry for adults cost £19.99 and for those 13-15 entry costs just £10.00.
The Kilt Walk is a great opportunity to raise money for children’s charities throughout Scotland and get a dose of daily exercise too. Children and casual walkers can amble out for the 5-mile Wee Wander, while those who want to stretch their legs a bit more can take on the 12-mile Big Stroll. This walk heads out of the city centre towards the coast and back in again towards Arthur’s Seat. For those who back their stamina, the 25-mile Mighty Stride will really get the legs burning – in a good way, of course.
Entry fees range from £7.20 - £31.62 and you can register on the day!
Whether you see September as an excuse to kick-start a new healthy regime, or you just fancy a fun charitable day out, there’s something for every fitness level in Edinburgh this September.
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