Clyde Stride Ultra

Clyde Ultra strides back into the race calendar for 2021

Long-distance riverside race returns after two-year absence

After a two-year break from the race calendar caused by infrastructure works and a concert taking place on the route in 2019 and you-know-what in 2020, the Clyde Stride Ultra Marathon will be back.

Now under the management of Acorn Trails, race director Alex Osborne is doing all he can for runners during what are still uncertain times.

Osborne told runABC Scotland online: “Some people have asked why we’re even opening entries. The main reason is that running an ultramarathon is no small undertaking, and by offering runners a place they know they have a target to train towards.

“I have a responsibility to the participants to give them the opportunity to train with as much notice as possible.” 

Come race day on 24 July, those participants will be a select group. Just 100 places will be made available for the 2021 edition of the event when entries open at 8pm this Sunday evening (28 February). 

To give everyone a fair chance at securing a place, all entries received will be put on a waiting list. If fewer than 100 entries have been received when the list closes at noon next Sunday (7 March), everyone on the list will get a place; if more than 100 entries are received, the places will be allocated by ballot. In either case, no payment will be taken until closer to race day and it’s clear the event will go ahead.

Osborne added, “We envisage a high demand for entries given how starved of opportunities runners have been.”

From its start at Partick Railway Station, the 40-mile route of the Clyde Stride Ultra meanders along one of Scotland’s most accessible and scenic pathways. From Glasgow, the route follows the Clyde through Strathclyde Regional Park and the UNESCO World Heritage Site at New Lanark, before a glorious finish at the Falls of Clyde Nature Reserve.

The Clyde Stride Ultra can also be tackled as a relay with four legs of roughly 10 miles each. Twenty-five team places – with four runners in each team – will also be available from Sunday night. As with the individual places, the team places will also go to a ballot if more than 25 entries are received. 
Due to popular demand, Acorn Trails will be also hosting the ‘Virtual Clyde Stride 4.0 Miles’ over the same weekend as the Clyde Stride Ultra itself.

As Osborne explained, “Last year I organised the first Virtual Clyde Stride 4.0 Miles, and in the process raised over £800 for Pyjama Fairies. We’ve had quite a lot of folk saying they’re interested in completing that challenge again, so I thought it would be nice to have them take part concurrently with the ultra dafties.”

Entry to the full Clyde Stride Ultra costs £30/£32 (affiliated/non-affiliated), plus Entry Central transaction fees. Team entries cost £30, plus £2 for each non-affiliated runner. 

£5 from each entry fee will be donated to Acorn Trails’ charity partner, Scottish Autism.

Image courtesy: Acorn Trails

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