With the inaugural Illuminator Run on 14 November having already sold out, organisers are hoping to make the race an annual event. Billed as one of Scotland’s toughest endurance races, the Illuminator Run will be held after dark and requires participants to run or walk 15 miles and climb a total of 2,247 ft – aided by just the glow of their head torches – through the rugged hill trails of the Glen Tanar Estate in the heart of Royal Deeside.
Illuminator Run To Become Annual Event
The historic estate, set in the Cairngorms National Park, is a perfect backdrop for outdoor and sporting events, and is already well used for corporate team building. Organised by Firetrail Events, the Illuminator Run takes place on Saturday, November 14, with the rough terrain promising to make the race a testing challenge even for the most experienced runners.
Setting off from the Aboyne Community Centre at 6pm, entrants will cross the Dee Bridge, make a steep ascent up the Fungle track, climb Baudy Meg hill on open and exposed moorland and descend into the ancient Scots pine forest of Glen Tanar. They will then pass the estate’s trout loch and the Fairy Lochan, before making the final climb up past Craigendinnie and returning to Aboyne.
The route will allow runners and walkers to see the natural beauty of Glen Tanar’s ancient Scots pine forest in a spectacular new light. A specially created light zone area, constructed at the course’s halfway point, will see the bridge over the water of Allachy and surrounding Scots pine trees illuminated by a mixture of multi-coloured flood lights and spot lights.
Jonathan Buckland, director at Firetrail Events, says: “It’s designed to be a fun, social event which has been reflected in the large number of runners of all levels of experience putting themselves forward for what is sure to be a great challenge. I’m certain running through the picturesque Glen Tanar Estate – even in the pitch darkness – will be an experience like no other, even for seasoned runners.”
Those interested in registering for the 2016 event can find out more at the event website