Fancy A Wee Quarter Marathon?
This mixed terrain late summer race has much to offer runners...
Organised by Wee County Harriers (Clackmannanshire in case you didn't know what the wee county was), the Cambus Quarter is a race with a pretty unusual distance, the name kind of gives it away, but it is in fact a quarter marathon! Taking place towards the end of the summer on 20 August, this is a fantastic mixed terrain race with a very achievable distance and is sure to appeal to a variety of runners.
Its distance isn't the only interesting fact about this race though, the event also gives participants the chance to race a train... well almost! Race organisers explain: "With the reinstatement of the Alloa railway line in 2008, there is now a level crossing along the route. If you’re quick enough you won’t have to wait and watch a train go by."
The race is run over a 6.5 mile mixed terrain course which isn't closed to traffic, but marshals will be at any significant road crossings as well as the railway level crossing. The course takes runners along the bank of the River Forth looping back to Cambus village, then through the Cambus Pools nature reserve before completing the loop along the Cambus Path.
This fun, locally-run event allows more experienced runners to compete against each other, whilst at the same time allowing those new to the sport to find out what it’s all about. Mostly, the aim is to allow everyone to enjoy themselves.
Speaking about post race arrangements, organisers say: "There will be a BBQ and refreshments after the race at Cambus Bowling Club. We will also have a collection point for The Gate, our local foodbank charity. If you are able to, please consider donating things like tins of soup/vegetables/meat/fruit (they have plenty of pasta!)."
If you'd like to know more, visit the Wee County Harriers website.
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