Running the City; Have You tried?CITY SIGHTS RUNNING TOURS; Firms Are Offering a New Perspective on Touring Round a City by Getting Visitors to Put on Their Trainers and See the Sights at a Faster Pace

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Running the City; Have You tried?CITY SIGHTS RUNNING TOURS; Firms Are Offering a New Perspective on Touring Round a City by Getting Visitors to Put on Their Trainers and See the Sights at a Faster Pace


Byline: FIONA RUSSELL

What is it? A guided running tour that takes you around the highlight sights of a city.

Tell me more Running tours are an increasingly popular way to see the attractions in cities across the world. And now there are several running tour companies in Scotland.

The tours are ideal for people who want to keep fit and are also keen to do some sightseeing.

Most tours offer a range of different distances and can cater for groups or solo runners.

It doesn't matter how fast you run because the guide will adjust their pace to suit.

Ali Wyllie has launched one of the newest running tour companies in Edinburgh called Run The Sights.

Ali, a keen long-distance runner, said: "Our most popular runs are about five to six miles and take in dozens of sights.

"We can reach many highlights, from the most famous, such as Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, to lesser-known gems.

"A running tour is faster than a walk but more of an up-close experience than a bus tour.

"It's a good way to take in the history, landmarks, characters and scenery in a place you are visiting or to find out more about the place where you live.

"It's is not a race and so I simply take my pace from whoever I am running with."

Run The Sights offer two five-mile tours, the Volcano and Crystal River, a six-mile Edinburgh Magic tour, as well as a nine-mile Wee Cheeky and the 11-mile Pentland Playtime.

Where did it all start? One of the world's first was City Running Tours.

About a decade ago, New York chiropractor Michael Gazaleh was working in a gym when a customer from outside the city asked for someone to run with him. Michael decided to take him on a tour of his favourite sights.

That led to City Running Tours, which now operates in 16 American cities. …

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