Billed as one of the toughest races in the Borders, the inaugural Three Peaks ultra marathon takes place in Jedburgh on Sunday (28 October) as part of the Jedburgh Running Festival. The event includes Jedburgh half marathon which marks its 10th anniversary year, and the 10k race which is now in its fourth year.
To celebrate the half marathon's anniversary, organisers have introduced a £250 prize for anyone who can create a new course record at the race. The current record was set in 2008 by Tsegezeab Woldemichael at 1hr 7min 17secs. With over 1100 participants already registered, attendance records have already been broken as the festival prepares for its highest ever turnout.
The race route is out and back, starting opposite Jedburgh's historic abbey and heading off through the square down towards the A68 and on to the A698. The route then takes a right turn in the direction of Kelso, looping left ahead of Crailing on roads then continuing towards Kelso. Approximately one mile further on the runners turn around and head back for the return journey. The route back is almost the same except passing Riverside and finishing on the grass by the river opposite Queen Mary's house.
The 38-mile ultra marathon also starts at the abbey and covers some of the region's most testing terrain - including the Eildon Hills, near Melrose. The extinct volcanoes are challenging but allow you terrific panoramic views across the entire region.
There is just time to register for the event with online registration closing today (Wednesday 24 October) at 23:59 and postal entries being open until Friday 26 October. Registration for the half marathon and 10K road races is being moved this year to the Town Hall. This is to give organisers and runners more space and should speed up the registration process.
Organisers are encouraging entrants who are not running for any specific charity or cause to consider supporting the Margaret Kerr Unit. This is a Scottish Borders charity appeal for part funding of the areas first palliative care establishment.
For more information and to register, visit the event website.