Have you noticed the recent surge in fitness fans? With the arrival of lighter days in Scotland, and the approach of numerous participation sports events taking place over the summer, lycra clad* people have been taking to streets, parks, coasts, treadmills and almost any other space that they can find around the country to get fit to compete, raise money, and of course create their beach bodies in time for the summer holidays.
Just over a year ago I would have reeled at the idea of it, but a year on and I’ve caught the bugÂ and amÂ intending to run the 10k Race for Life in Edinburgh with my mum, which starts in Holyrood park, in the shadow of the iconic hill in the middle of the city, Arthur Seat. Up the same hill, one evening between the August 9 – September 1, I will hopefully join many other people who will be running around to a choreographed routine wearing a suit of kinetic lights as part of NVAâ€™s Speed of Light, a flagship event of the London 2012 Festival in Scotland. It will be a unique display combining of creativity, sport and light technology, and if you donâ€™t fancy running, there are also tickets to walk with a kinetic light-stick and watch the spectacle.
So, what other running events can you take part in this summer?
Find out from these sites which offer listings of everything from a 5k to a full marathon, not to mention the extreme endurance rat races and more unusual events.
Find out more about running in Scotland, and events across the summer on these sites:
* I only said lycra-clad because it conjured up the image of runners easily, I don’t actually wear lycra and nor do a lot of other runners!