Around 3,500 participants will take part in ‘the toughest off-road run in the UK’ this weekend. Now in its eighth year, the Mighty Deerstalker will be held at Tweed Valley in the Borders on Saturday (15 March).
The course starts and finishes at the historic Traquair House - Scotland’s oldest inhabited house - and features a mixture of steep ascents, water crossings, forest trails and various natural and man-made obstacles including the The Rack, The Scree, and The Tunnel.
The event consists of a 5k and 10k. The 5k race is completed in daylight and designed for those competitors who are new to off-road running. For competitors looking for a tougher challenge, the 10k is further, higher, steeper, wetter and wilder. It offers all of the challenges of the 5k race, but instead of competitors stopping when they reach the finish line at Traquair House, runners complete the second half in darkness with only a head-torch to light the way.
The courses are a closely guarded secret and much longer than the advertised 5k and 10k distances, adding to the notoriety of this devilishly tricky event. Once the race is over, there’s one more obstacle to tackle; the Mighty Beerstalker party where there’s food, drink, live music and, as well prize-giving for victorious runners.
Jim Mee, Rat Race managing director and creator of the Mighty Deerstalker said: “The Mighty Deerstalker is one of our toughest events as competitors not only have to deal with a gruelling course in the wilds of the Scottish winter, but they must do so in complete darkness. There is always a fantastic atmosphere on the run as competitors are dressed in tartan and tweed and are very eager to get to the Mighty Beerstalker tent!”
For more information, visit the event website.