Starting and finishing at the Sheriffmuir Inn, this 11-mile race goesÂ along a beautiful, hilly route on the north-western edges of the Ochil Hills near Dunblane. The wonderful downhill finish means you’ll be sprinting to the pub â€“ what better way to end a race?Â Entry will be open on the day from 8.30am, if it’s not already full so to avoid disappointmentÂ get thereÂ early.
Dating back to 1508, the Red Hose Race is one of the longest-established foot races in the world. The three-mile race took place around the Feast of St John the Baptist in June until it was moved to become part of the Carnwath Agricultural Show. The winner is traditionally presented with a pair of red socks, which still happens, though there’s now the added bonus of Â Â£100 prize money. As a part of the show, there’s music, dancing, handicrafts and animal classes. Please note: the Red Hose can only be won by a resident of the parishes of Carnwath,Â Auchengray, Breahead, Carstairs, Covington, Dunsyre, Dolphinton, Elsrickle, Forth, Liberton, Quothquan, Thankerton or Walston.
There just aren’t enough kayak races, so this is a great chance to have some fun over 20km. Starting at Ganavan beach, you paddle as fast as you can to Lismore lighthouse and back again. First one back is the winner! All proceeds to Oban lifeboat.
Leap over hay bales, wallow in mud and much more, over a 10k course throughout Edinburgh’s city streets and parks, starting with a ‘Braveheart Dash’ down the Royal Mile. Runners start in waves. Discount for teams. Watch out for the Radical Roadâ€¦ Sponsored by Men’s Health magazine.
Push yourself to the limit with this 10k that throws everything you can think of at you! Freezing cold water, mud, obstacles, mud, pitch black tunnels and mud. It’s all for charity though, so smile (with your mouth closed) when participating! Enter solo or as a team. See website for more details.
This really is a run with a difference â€“ and if you’re a jaded jogger it will put a spring in your step. Now in its sixth year, the LP Run, organised by the excellent Edinburgh Running Network, can be enjoyed by runners of all abilities. The idea is to run as many laps of the Meadowbank track as you can in 33 and a third minutes while your favourite songs blast out of the stadium loudspeakers. You can even choose a song that you’d like to hear as you run.Â This year’s theme isÂ “Get your running mojo” so sign up to enjoy some great tunes and help raise money forÂ Alzheimer’s Scotland. There’s even a cake competition so you’ll get a slice to enjoy afterwards with you tea or coffee.Â The event’s based on a race in Houston, Texas, that’s now in its 48th year,
The Donkey Brae races, the extremely popular 7 and 2 mile races, will once again be a part of the Aberdour Festival this year. Starting and finishing on the Silver Sands, the mixed terrain courses take in scenic landscapes and coastal paths, with the 7-mile race running between Aberdour and Dalgety Bay and the 2-mile race remaining within Aberdour itself. And of course, runners tackle the notoriousÂ Donkey Brae climb near the finish. Advanced booking is recommended but late entry is available on the day from 10am-noon at Aberdour primary school. There is also a fun run and a farmers’ market with refreshments, entertainment and lots more.
This uphill-only event is one that is not to be missed in the Scottish hill-running calendar. Starting near Dalmunzie Hotel, the race involves a 7km run with 670m of ascent. Be preparedÂ to get a bit wet near the river-crossings!
This extraordinary sailing-plus-running race lasts 3-4 days. It starts at Oban and calls at Mull, Jura and Arran, finishing at Troon. Teams are five people, usually two very fit runners and three experienced sailors.Â There is also an all-rounders’ class for sailors that can run, as well as classes for young people. Entry fee shown is per team, and it goes up to Â£300 on 1 April.
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Last year, the eventÂ was voted one of the UK’s best cycling festivals by The Guardian â€“ and this year it is bigger and better than ever. With workshops, come and try sessions, talks and of course, cycle rides â€“ it’s a great few days to immerse yourself inÂ cycling in one way or another. See the website for full details.