Hill, trail and road runners from across Scotland will be limbering up for the 27th Bennachie Hill Race on Sunday (2 October). The popular annual event, hosted by the Garioch Roadrunners, also serves – along with Morven and Cairn William – as the third and final event in the Aberdeenshire Hill Race series.
The Senior Hill Race, open to runners over the age of 18, is 12.8 kilometres long with around 550 metres of ascent. The course takes in Watch Craig, Oxen Craig, Craigshannoch and the iconic Mither Tap before returning to the start via the Maiden’s Causeway.
The Junior Hill Race, open to runners aged 13–17, is five kilometres long with 150 meters of ascent through the woods.
Both events are well marked and marshaled, providing achievable challenges for runners of all standards. No previous experience of hill running is required to take part, but trail running shoes are recommended.
Registration for all runners will open at Back o’Bennachie car park at 12.30pm and close at 1.30pm. With over 170 runners already registered against a field capped at 200, limited entries may available on the day but are not guaranteed. Both the junior and senior events start at 2pm. Tea, water and homebakes will be available at the finish.
For more information, go to the Garioch Road Runners website.