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Bid to beat 18th century Arthur's Seat record

posted 11 Jul 2013, 05:52 by Tollcross Junction   [ updated 11 Jul 2013, 05:57 ]

A historical race is to be reenacted at Arthur’s Seat for the first time in hundreds of years.

Battle enthusiasts will replicate a challenge once set to James Burnet of the Edinburgh City Guard – to reach the top in 15 minutes.

Wearing scarlet coats, cocked hats and carrying flintlock muskets, members of the Alan Breck Volunteer Regiment will try to race the route, climbing around 280 metres, to commemorate the last captain of the Guard.

Known for his love of good food, Burnet cut an unlikely military figure when he completed the quick march in the early 1800s in an impressive 14 minutes, 30 seconds.