31 Jan

Time To Knuckle Doon In Muckle Toon

Runners at MTAR

Anticipation is building for the inaugural Muckle Toon Adventure Festival which takes place on 17, 18 and 19 May. The festival involves running, cycling, walking and mountain biking through the hills of Langholm in the Scottish Borders, and organisers are promising an exhilarating and challenging athletic event.

Committee secretary, Eve Johnson, explained how the festival came about: "There's been a very successful walking festival in Langholm for the past 11 years, but it was at risk of not going ahead because the chairman was stepping down and nobody wanted to take over the running of it. There was a separate group of people who have an interest in mountain biking, running and road cycling and they got together and decided to widen the festival. We felt Langholm is a great location for all these activities."

The three-day event includes a trail half marathon, trail 10k, mountain bike marathon, a classic cycle sportive, and a variety of guided walks. The trail race includes sections of quiet country road, hillside single track, open moorland and quiet woodland. It also involves tackling some of the toughest hill climbs in the area, with the reward of fantastic vistas as you traverse the high ridges above the town. Participants will pass historic monuments and enjoy the vocal support of the local clansmen as they take in the scenic route which is steeped in legendary Border Reiver history.

Cyclist, adventurer and broadcaster Mark Beaumont, will headline the event, giving a question and answer session as well as signing copies of his book The Man Who Cycled The Americas. For more information visit the event website