Strap on your head torch and try this night time run around the forest trails at Glentress in the Scottish Borders â€“ normally known for mountain biking. It’s 10k, so achievable, but everything’s different in the dark!
Starting and finishing in Peebles, this closed road 120km ride will travel over quiet country roads and climb several hills. There will be mechanic support, showers, regular water and food stops andÂ mementos at the finish line.
This is the third year for this activity festival based in the Borders town of Langholm. There’s trail running and mountain biking in the Southern Uplands around the town, road racing on the quiet B roads, and a bit of geocaching to keep the kids occupied. Camp for the weekend, hang out at the Basecamp with Andy Kirkpatrick and enjoy the food and drink from local suppliers. See the website for more details.
This is walking your dog with a difference. If you are familiar with the sport of cani-cross, you’ll know that you run with your dog pulling you on a harness. Factor in some mud and obstacles and you have the Ruff Dugger.
This event is held in the early evening, so that it is a bit cooler for the dogs â€“ that said, there will be mud and river crossings to cool contestants down! There is also a maze â€“ so sign up for a great race.
This free, family-friendly event situated in the centre of Selkirk, ties in with the MTB Marathon and the MTB Raid the following day. There’s a pump track to try out, shows and displays, food stalls and cycling movies.
This is a popular and very challenging mountain bike marathon that will push you to your limits. There’s a choice of just two courses this year â€“ a 50k and a 75k. All are over difficult terrain, with gruelling climbs and epic descents. The event also includes the 2015 British MTB Marathon Championships. Photograph by Ian Linton.
Check out the video of the 2014 event for a taste.
New for 2016 â€“ this timed 50k enduro takes in the rolling hills of the borders. As part of the Selkirk Bike Festival, it adds a different dimension to the weekend. This is a good entry level enduro aimed at newcomers to racing.
This popular borders-based running festival manages to cram in a 38-mile three peaks ultra marathon, a relay race, a canicross race, a half marathon, a 10k and a wheelchair and handbike race all in the space of two days. See the website for more details.