The small but well supported event, which only takes 100 runners across two distances, is organised each year as a fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support and promoted by Mid Argyll Athletics Club. Last year’s event, including the coffee morning and raffle, raised around £1600 for the cause.
Both runs take participants through Taynish National Nature Reserve, and both start at 12 noon.
The 10K run takes the form of an out and back run down the ‘spinal road’ in Taynish, meeting the path that runs down to Linne Mhurich. The route itself is a mixture of tarmac, woodland track and an all-abilities trail. As 75% of the route is traffic-free, it is suitable for all standards of runners.
The Cross Country Trail Route is a different kettle of fish. At 6.68 miles long, the route makes a loop out to the far reaches of the reserve, with a short out and back section to the very end.
Organisers warn that even though the route uses all three of Taynish Nature Reserve’s established trails, they can be ‘bumpy and slippy’ in places. Recommended for experienced runners, the Cross Country Trail Run is a ‘tough, hilly route suitable for runners with strong ankles’. With some steep climbs and ‘undulating’ single track, trail running shoes – as well as perseverance – are advised for those taking on the off road race: but the views are worth the effort!
Detailed maps of both routes are available on the event’s Facebook page.