24 Jun

Hills, History & Half Marathons

BarrathonAs we approach the last weekend of June, runABC Scotland looks ahead to some of the standout events on offer. There is a wealth of options throughout the country from fun runs and 5ks to 10ks and half marathons.

The Run Mhor 10K, Half Marathon and Fun Run comes to the historic village of Balquhidder on Saturday. All distances feature a mix of tarmac roads, compacted cycle path, and trails. The half marathon has a treat for history buffs with runners heading past the church where Rob Roy is buried.

Away from the mainland, the Isle of Barra hosts its annual Barrathon. The event includes a half marathon and fun run, taking runners round a clockwise route of the island, following an undulating course. The lowest point of the race is near sea level, while the highest point is just under 350 ft.

On the subject of highs and lows, the unique Seven Hills of Edinburgh Race & Challenge event returns to the capital for its 36th year on Sunday. Both the Challenge and the Race feature a combination of road running, cross country, hill running and urban orienteering. The Race is suitable for those of modest ability, with those who can run a sub 1:40 half marathon being better suited to The Challenge. The event is notable for attracting a large Dutch contingent, presumably attracted by the event’s contrasting nature to races in the Flat Countries.

And finally, Peterhead Running Festival celebrates its sixth anniversary. Close to 1000 competitors are set to take on the half marathon, 5k and Fun Run. The half marathon route takes participants out to the beautiful Buchan countryside, through the village of St Fergus, and back into Peterhead.

Check out our race listing for full details of this weekend’s events.