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 Grimshaw is a fitness enthusiast who started out as a Tai Kwan Do instructor with his own club in Durham many years ago. After some years of a less active lifestyle(!) he found Spartan Performance gym in Consett and now trains regularly and is currently looking for his next challenge. A keen music fan, John is also often found at music festivals around the UK and Europe during his summer break from training. John works in IT.

By the end of 2013 John was listed on bmycharity.com (the page he used for fundraising donations) as one of the three leading fundraisers on the site for Alzheimer's Research UK (see screenshot here)

Alzheimer's Research UK is the UK's leading dementia research charity specialising in finding preventions, causes, treatments and a cure for dementia. As research experts, we specialise in funding world-class, pioneering research at leading universities to find preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia. We believe science and innovation hold the key to defeating dementia and invest in the scientists discovering more about the condition and its causes.
Owned by Jack Lovett, Spartan Performance is a unique addition to North East England. We are an ambitious and custom designed performance enhancement facility, specialising in results based strength training. Operated by a dedicated team of professionals, our aim is to enhance the function, health and performance of all our clients. All of whom share a common goal - RESULTS. They want them. We provide.