The Beauty Of Bute
Head to Bute this August for a Highland spectacular...
Scotland comes alive in the summer months thanks to its busy calendar of Highland Games, and the good news for runners is that many of these include running events too! Case in point is Bute Highland Games which has hosted a 10K as part of its schedule since the 1950s!
This year's Games will be staged on 12 August which organisers point out is a little earlier than usual due to other major events on the mainland.
The 10K race has established itself as a firm fixture in running club diaries with many considering that the route, with views over the Clyde estuary, Loch Striven and the Kyles of Bute, is one of the most spectacular in Scotland.
Those taking part in the 10K leave the Games’ stadium and travel down through the town then turn northwards along the coast road, passing the Skeoch Woods and Ardbeg Point then on to Port Bannatyne where they turn back along the route to the finish line in the stadium with approximately 3,000 spectators cheering the runners en route.
Of course, the beauty of taking part in a race that is part of a Highland Games is the fact that you and your family can enjoy the entertainment that is on offer throughout the rest of the day. At Bute you can expect Highland dancing, wrestling, athletics, pipe bands and much more.
Race organisers comment: "Serious competitors and fun-runners alike enjoy this well-organised; clearly marked; safe and marshalled road race. And for those thinking about competing in a 10K for the very first time, the Isle of Bute has to be the perfect choice for your inaugural race."
In 2022 Ross Gray of Inverclyde AC won the race in 2022 in a time of 32:12 while first women home was Garscube Harrier, Gillian Blue in 38:54.
If you'd like to know more, visit the Bute Highland Games website.
Image: Bute Highland Games Facebook