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Susie Chan

Susie Chan

1:55 PM on Thursday, July 6, 2017   •   Edited

Running up the Rock of Gibraltar

Located in the Southern west tip of Europe, Gibraltar is a British Overseas territory that boarders Spain.
This tiny place is 2.6 square miles and comprises of a town, harbour, a lot of history and a massive rock. The Rock of Gibraltar stands at 1398ft high and it's insides are riddled with many tunnelled military defences.
I thought this would be a fun idea to run up it.
There are many ways to ascend, the cable car being the favourite.
The Rock has old military roads that weave up to the top, some are now closed, all are rather steep!
The Navy & Royal Marines traditionally race up from the harbour, with typical gradients of 1:4.
The last winner of this race ran it in 21 minutes.

The current Rock Race record was set all the way back in 1986 by the then Sub Lieutenant Chris Robison, who ran the Rock in a spectacular time of 17 mins and 29 seconds.
It's estimated that over 40 000 people have run the race since then, but no-one else has come close. I ran it in a much more pedestrian time of 37 minutes and my calves hurt like hell. ?

https://youtu.be/M-Mf7AmtMA4

The way down was a bit easier...

The Rock!