30 Jan

Run only to the sound of the (blue)bells

If staring at the pavement or the back of someone’s shirt won’t do for your next race, the Cally Wood Bluebell Trail 10K might be just what you need.

Now in its second year, the low-key Dumfries & Galloway event is planned around giving ‘likeminded people’ the opportunity to enjoy the natural phenomenon of bluebells when their blooms are at their best – usually around the end of April or the beginning of May.
 
Runners keen to take their motivation from the natural environment rather than the roar of the crowds won’t be disappointed on race day, Sunday 26 April.
 
Writing before the inaugural event last year, organisers Silentrunning Scotland said: “We have run in this wood for many years and are always amazed by the stunning displays: early spring there are snow drops, late spring bluebells and autumn for the changing colours of the leaves. As well as that you might just spot a red squirrel or two, an odd deer and certainly loads of bird life.”
 
The 10K route follows marked forest trails and bridleways. Runners will pass some interesting historical sites, but the focus of the route will be on the areas where the bluebells are most likely to be visible.
 
Runners choosing to take part are reminded how important it is to leave such a beautiful place as they found it. “This is an outstanding area of natural beauty and our actions should not in any way detract from that.”
 
In the spirit of being able to appreciate the beauty (and peace) of the surroundings, the use of all music devices is strictly prohibited.
 
Runners are also reminded that the race is ‘informal’, and entries are limited to 150.  
 
Image: Cally Wood Bluebell Run (Facebook)