The Glencoe Marathon Gathering is back for a fifth year!
Choose from a variety of events, including the Glencoe Marathon, the Mamores Half Marathon, The Cornerstone Canter and the Glen Nevis 10k.
Runners (and walkers) can expect to be challenged as they take in some of the best scenery the Scottish Highlands have to offer.
Check out the event website for more details on locations, times and how to enter. See the video of what to expect!
Enjoy the scenery around the loch as you follow theÂ marathon route along the south-eastern shores, across the river and into the centre of Inverness. WithÂ live music and entertainment afterwards, there’s a real family-friendly atmosphere. Last year’s event attracted more than 8,500 runners of 35 nationalities â€“ it’s a big one. As well as the marathon, there’s a 10k, a 5k and a Wee Nessie run for pre-schoolers.
Skyrunning, or mountain running above 2000 ft, is coming to Scotland and tackling the skyline of Glen Coe. The route will feature long sections of scrambling terrain which is comparable to moderate standard rock climbing. The route covers 53km with 4500-5000m of ascent. This event is strictly for highly experienced competitors and all aspiring entrants must provide evidence of completion of a mountain run or race, within the last 5 years, of the same level of severity to the Glen Coe Skyline. Photograph: Ian Corless.
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.
That’s the thing about challenges. You wait ages and then five turn up at once. Unbreakable, this extreme fundraising event, features five disciplines â€“ cycling, swimming, sailing, kayaking and hiking. There’s only 50 places and the aim is to raise Â£100,000 for organisers Project Scotland. The activities take place all over Scotland â€“ see the website for further details and to book your slot â€“ if you think you’re hard enough!
An appealing addition to the running calendar, this replaces the popular Lochaber Marathon and offers a different, very interesting route. It starts at Nevis Range and heads north through Leanachan Forest to Spean Bridge, where runners join the A82 and follow it to the Commando Memorial. From there the route takes an undulating road to the Caledonian Canal, takes a left on to the towpath for six miles to Neptune’s Staircase then turns left again towards Ben Nevis. After yet another left turn at the distillery the route leads eventually back through the forest.
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.
This 11-12 mile course has a wide range of challenging obstacles to tackle. It is sure to be exciting for both those taking part and those watching from the sidelines. After the race, there will be DJs, contests, awards and more to enjoy.Â Registration is Â£125, plus a Â£10 insurance fee. This includes race entry, a free pint, a headband, finisher T-shirt and free photography. If you only want to watch, you can register as a spectator for Â£10 or Â£20 the day of the event.