This Saturday (2nd March) my youngest daughter Ellen, aged 8, and I will be running in the new Aberfoyle Trail Race. This will be Ellen's first race outside of school and by far the longest as well at 2km long and hilly too so it will be great challenge for her to tackle. We will be running around together so I'm really looking forward to accompanying her.
To find out about the details for the day I asked Maz Frater, the Project Manager of Skiddle, a few questions not provided on the Skidaddle website, I'll add to these the details on the website so it's all in one place.
Saturday 2nd March. Registration 9:30am to 10:10am.
David Marshall Lodge, above Aberfoyle. Park up and register at the lodge and then wander down to waterfall for the start.
What races are there and who can enter?
The 2km route is open to ages from 5 years upwards. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult, above 8 is down the parents discretion.
The 4km route is open to Juniors (12-15 years) and Seniors (16+).
The 7km route is open to only Seniors (16+).
All races are open to the cairncross competitors - dog and human are harnessed together and run as a team.
Race start time?
The 2km, 4km and 7km races all start together at 10:20am. The caincross competitors will be have a staggered start, starting 10 minutes before the start of the human only race.
All routes follow the hilly forest trails that go in anti-clockwise loops in the forest to the east of the Lodge. Start and finish will be just down from the waterfall. All routes follow the trails in an anticlockwise direction, with the 2km turning left uphill of the main trail first, then the 4km turns uphill of the left further on and then finally the 7km route does the same heading up and over the hill before looping back downhill towards the finish.
I have created three route maps using googlemaps based on routes marked on an OS map, while these might not be perfect they should give you a good idea of the route.
Online entry can be done via the skiddle website. Prices are £6 for Juniors and £10 for Seniors. Entry on the day subject to availability.