Mystery Edinburgh runner creates brand new festive ‘Strava artwork’ in shape of Rudolph

An enigmatic runner who has entertained Edinburgh residents with his “Strava artwork” has produced a brand new creation in honour of the festive season.

Monday, 7th December 2020, 12:49 pm

Known only as Peter, the anonymous 31-year-old from Liberton designs and runs routes along Edinburgh’s streets that draw the outlines of animals on the exercise-tracking app, Strava.

After wowing fellow app users by creating a giraffe, a snail, and a unicorn on the Capital’s winding roads, Peter has now unveiled his Christmas creation; Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.

The 21km route, which runs all the way from Duddingston to Restalrig via Holyrood Park, and comes complete with a giant nose and antlers - pushed Peter to his limit.

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After wowing fellow app users by creating a giraffe, a snail, and a unicorn on the Capital’s winding roads, Peter has now unveiled his Christmas creation; Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.

“A half marathon is about the limit of the distance I can run,” he explained, “so the runs can't get any bigger or more detailed.”

Speaking to the Evening News in November, Peter explained that planning is the key to his success.

“If there are bits that I'm uncertain of, or places I think I'm likely to mess up, then I'll incorporate it into a reccy run,” he said.

And this time was no different.

“The antlers took a couple of goes to look vaguely right,” Peter said, “but once I saw a nose around the Salisbury Crags, I knew I had to use that.

“I realised there was a cycle path that I could use for the antlers. They looked much better.

“I definitely had my phone out a lot for the navigation around the antlers - I had never been to Restalrig before yesterday.”

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