Edinburgh's first
ultra urban marathon

John's longest race yet...

22nd October 2017

Edinburgh's first ever ultra urban marathon...and John's longest race to date - and his return to sponsored running after taking a break since 2016.


And he made it - in under 7 hours!! This is the update in John's own words:

" Ok so the hardest thing I have done in my life was the rat race Edinburgh ultra, 55km, 3000ft of assent, the official time is in!

I came 125th overall, 109th bloke, 6th in my age category.... and under 7 hours ...... 6:50:57..... I can barely walk today but will be fine in a day or so...

This was simply the hardest challenge I have ever done, I was going to give in so many times, but I didn’t, one of the main reasons was sponsored by so many wonderful people.... I thank every one of you, you helped me get through this.... I thank and hate you 😉 "


The Ultra Tour of Edinburgh

"Dawn breaks and in the crisp autumn air of Scotland’s Capital a quite remarkable new event gets underway. Enveloped within the beating heart of this most famous of cities, the runners of the inaugural Ultra Tour of Edinburgh set off with a Braveheart charge down the most famous street in Scotland – the Royal Mile. Their course then weaves 55km through streets, alleyways, onto hills, up crags, past monuments, museums, seats of Royalty, Government and up and down 3000 feet of ascent and descent.

The Ultra Tour of Edinburgh is unique. Many events claim to be. But this one is an Ultra Run in a city – a city like no other. Rat Race is the UK’s best known adventure sports outfit and our company was forged on the streets of Edinburgh in 2004 with the staging there of our first ever event. It is to our spiritual home that 13 years on, we bring a superlatively ‘doable’ Ultra. 55km on foot is no mean feat but for all those out there who think they can go that extra mile, you can. And what better place to do so than somewhere so hauntingly beautiful, rugged, gnarled and famous in equal measure." ratrace.com/ute


John's Challenges

In the summer of 2013, John Grimshaw started a series of six endurance events over two months, raising a total of £561 sponsorship for Alzheimer's Research UK. In 2014 he beat that record with nine endurance events over eight months, almost doubling the money he raised with £1045. For 2015 he planned a huge twenty one races over eleven months of the year. In 2016 John surpassed all previous years and completed twenty five events, running almost every week over 9 months of the year...

In 2017 John continued entering events - including running as a pacer for 1 hr 55 mins in the Great North Run, competing in a very appropriate 'Duracell Bunny' outfit (see pic)! But he took a break from fundraising - until now! On the 22nd October, John competed in Edinburgh's first ever urban ultra marathon - 55km through streets, alleyways, onto hills, up crags, past monuments, museums, seats of Royalty, Government and up and down 3000 feet of ascent and descent. You can still sponsor him in retrospect below!

This website gives you more information about John, about the last 4 years events and the one/s for this year and more importantly about how you can still sponsor John to raise money for Alzheimer's Research UK - a leading protagonist in the fight against Alzheimer's.

So, please read as much or as little information as you want, and please...