The Challenge starts with a countdown from 100 to 76 today but the overall top 100 sees a number of big names drop out of the top 100 - Laura Whittle (last year's no.7), Beth Potter (12) - who had only 2 races, Jamie Bowie (22), Emily Dudgeon (32), Ben Stevenson (33), Luke Caldwell (48), Jo Moultrie (55) and Greg Louden (59) among others.It’s also the end point of the Viking torchlight procession that winds through the Old Town to the ship burning ceremony (plus more fireworks), that marks the eve of the Hogmanay celebrations.And we’ve not even started on the annual 45-minute firework extravaganza accompanied by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra that closes of the Edinburgh International Festival…Thanks to its beauty and cinema hits such as Sunshine on Leith, the city has the feel of a living, breathing film set…but to the delight of visitors and residents alike, Edinburgh’s shopping, dining and attractions are just as thrilling as its good looks. It’s the number one festival city in the world There is no escaping this unique cultural phenomenon.Each year, Edinburgh’s festivals attract an audience of over four million.With 12 main festivals throughout the seasons, Edinburgh’s festivals peak during August, when more than 25,000 artists, entertainers and thinkers populate the city with over 1,000 shows per day.The number of tickets sold for Edinburgh’s festival events are only exceeded by the Olympics and the World Cup.
New Pickering’s Gin distilled at Summerhall at the old Dick Vet on The Meadows and Edinburgh Gin distilled in the two stills, Flora and Caledonia, at Heads & Tales bar, tucked below the Rutland Hotel. But there are some amazing secret gardens too where you can get away from it all.
Philippa Millage took the Masters title, with Edinburgh AC winning the Track & Field Club of the Year.
Samantha Kinghorn was named the Para Athlete of the Year.
Into the first list of athletes come Scottish 100 metres champion Katy Wyper at 84, Livingston's 400m runner Shawn Wright at 81, while 400m champion Kelsey Stewart moves up 20 places to 76. The SATS Challenge continues with a hugely competitive under-20 category, where the 2016 winner, Cameron Tindle, finds himself in 6th place.
Last year, George Evans and Ben Greenwood were 4th and 5th.