Video: Survival of the Fittest race

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THE city centre was transformed into a giant urban assault course as thousands of amateur athletes took part in the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest race.

The high-octane running-based event, which is now in is fourth year, saw competitors tackle a 10km running route interspersed with obstacle zones throughout the city centre.

Picture: Jane Barlow

Picture: Jane Barlow

Among the challenges were a tough ascent of Jacob’s Ladder, hay bale walls, an army assault course and a series of water slides and deep water pools in Princes Street Gardens.

The course ended with the infamous Men’s Health “Wall of Fame” – a sheer 8ft-high construction which competitors were forced to overcome to be officially called a survivor.

It is believed that more than 3500 runners took part in yesterday’s event _ the highest number of participants yet.

Gary Tompsett, course designer and race director, said the event provided a boost to the city’s economy. “People come to Edinburgh to take part from all over the country – around 50 per cent of the participants live nearby and the other half come from all over the Central Belt and down south,” he said.