Friday, 3 May 2013

Running Events in and around the Trossachs this Spring/Summer

The Trossachs is only a hour drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh and provides a great mix of mountains, forests, glens and lochs to explore, yet it's often overlooked as people drive through on their way into the highlands.  Below are some great running events in and around the Trossachs that might tempt you to this beautiful playground.  I've also included a couple of extra races that are a bit further afield, they are included as I'm either planning on running them or felt they deserve an honourable mention.

May 2013

4th May: Stuc 'a Chroin hill race, Strathyre, 1pm start

The gloriously tough long hill race, 5000ft ascent/descent and 14 miles.
Further information: at

5th May: Chloe McIntyre Memorial 5k, MacLaran Leisure Center, Callander.
A family orientated 5k fun run that raises money for Yorkhill Children's Hospital.
Further information go to the-chloe-mcintyre-memorial-fun-run-callander

June 2013

1st June: Ben Ledi Ascent, 2,500ft ascent/descent hill race and charity wak
Further information: and my route description.

Callander Crags race. Normally run on a weekday evening in June, but haven't spotted an online confirmation of the exactly date, but my best guess would be Wednesday 5th June, 7:30pm  starting at Tupilen Cresent.  I plan to run it with my eight year old daughter as she's caught the running bug!  Update: 26th May 2013, just got email from race organizer that the event has had to be cancelled due to injury.

8th June: Lochalsh Dirty Thirty,  a low key but beautiful and challenging 30 mile walk or run on the mainland opposite Skye.  Three hour drive from the Trossachs but I've ran it three times already and loved every minute.
Further information :

9th June: Strathearn Marathon, Hilly marathon starting nr. Comrie
Not quite the Trossachs but just over a couple of hills!
Further information:  strathearnmarathon homepage

July 2013

27-28th July: Callander Highland Games with Hill Race.  Whether it will be run on the Sunday or Saturday hasn't been decided yet. Update: 25th May 2013, it looks like the Highland Games has just been cancelled due to problems with the games field, so this great event is unlikely to be held this year.
Further information:

August 2013

4th August: Devil O' the Highlands, classic 43mile race from Tyndrum to Fort William, it's already fully booked though but I'm one of these lucky ones!

Further information:

24th August: Killin 10k, Killin

Further information:

September 2013

7th September : Highland Perthshire Marathon, Aberfeldy.
Further information:

28th September: Trossachs 10k, Aberfoyle
Further information : EntryCentral and Trossachs 10k Facebook page

November 2013

Glen Ogle Ultra : Strathyre. Currently our only local Ultra, no official date on the website yet, but it's usually at the beginning of November.
Further information:

Skidaddle are also planning a bike race around Glen Finglas and a Ben Ledi Triathlon.  I don't know the dates or whether they will be able to go ahead yet, but both events look to be great to do or watch.

If I missed an event let me know and I'll update this page.

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