View of the Castle of Mey

Aim For The Crown at the Castle of Mey 10K

The Castle of Mey 10k, the most northerly 10k on the British mainland, is now accepting entries.

The race, organised by the Caithness-based North Highland Harriers, will be held on Sunday 26 May and is run in the beautiful grounds and surrounding countryside of the historic 14th century castle, the Queen Mother's home in Caithness.

North Highland Harrier Donna Stewart told runABC Scotland online: "Not only is the Castle of Mey 10K a warm, friendly community event, runners who watch the Netflix series The Crown will have the opportunity to visit the real Castle of Mey and close-by Dunnet beach. Scenes featuring both these places were actually filmed in other locations for the series. We think the real locations take some beating in beauty!"

This year for the first time the North Highland Harriers are offering a £100 prize for breaking the course records. The male course record is 31.02 set by Andrew Douglas and the female course record set by Jenny Bannerman in 2017.

In addition to the Castle of Mey 10K, the event also offers the Mey Mile fun run and walk.

The Mey Mile is open to all ages and provides a great opportunity for everyone to get involved. Runners, walkers and youngsters are all welcome to participate in the Mey Mile.

Entries to the Castle of Mey 10K are open until the 19 May 2019 or until the race limit of 380 is reached.

The 10K race is open to runners over the age of 16 years on day of race but 15-year-old Scottish Athletics registered runners will be accepted. There will be no entries on the day, and no walkers permitted in the 10k.

Runners wishing to order a Castle of Mey 10K race t-shirt must do so along with their race entries. The colour this year is charcoal grey, and there's a photo available on all the NHH website and Facebook page. The deadline for orders is 6 May.

Image: courtesy Sinclair Aerial Surveys

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