Get your diaries out, the events for the 2016 jogscotland Challenge Series events have been announced. The races have been chosen to be particularly welcoming to novices and offer a variety of locations, routes, and distances, from Highland trails to urban pavements.
The events are as follows:
Run Balmoral Wee Trail - 24/04/2016
Arran Coastal Trail Run - 30/04/2016
Peterhead 5K - 26/06/2016
Hawick 5K - 28/08/2016
Pitlochry 5K - 18/09/2016
River Ness 5K & River Ness 10K - 25/09/2016
Christmas Cracker - 04/12/2016
The first event of the year is the three mile Wee Trail Race at Run Balmoral on 24 April. This is the third year that the Wee Trail has been part of the Challenge Series. It’s part of a whole weekend of running events at Balmoral, from the MPH Primary Schools 1.5K to the testing 15 mile trail race.
The action then moves to Arran, for a brand new addition to the series, the Arran Coastal 12K Trail Race. One of the highlights of last year’s Challenge Series was the Gate to Gate 5K on Arran, so jogscotland were keen to offer another event on the island this year. It gives runners a more testing distance this time, but also offers incredible views and a superb atmosphere.
On 26 June there’s the well-established and well-loved member of the Challenge Series – the Peterhead 5K. This is part of the Peterhead Running Festival, a whole day of events organised by Peterhead jogscotland.
From there, things head south (so to speak) to the popular Hawick 5K on 28 August. Organised by Teviotdale Harriers, the event has had rave reviews from participants who loved its friendly feel. This run has a blend of town and country, with the route on tarmac, but plenty of chance to enjoy the lush greenery of the Borders in late summer.
On 18 September, runners head to Pitlochry for their 5k event, organised by LiveActive. With a 10k on the same day, the town will be buzzing with activity. Then it’s up to Inverness on 25 September for one of Scotland’s great running festivals. The Baxters River Ness 10K and the River Ness 5K Fun Run will again be part of our Challenge Series.
And finally, one of the series' longest-lived and most-loved events, the Christmas Cracker 5K will take place at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld on 4 December. With plenty of opportunity for fancy dress, the event takes place alongside two children’s events, so you can have a festive family day out.
For more information, visit the jogscotland website.