Dunbar RC launches new multi-terrain half

Experienced race organiser Dunbar Running Club has launched a new off-road event for spring 2020 with the inaugural Dunbar Black Loch Multi-Terrain Half Marathon set for Saturday, 4 April.

As Richard Taylor from the East Lothian-based club told runABC Scotland online, the time was right for the club to focus on a new event. He said: “We launched this race because the quiet country roads that we used for our popular 10k and 10 mile races have become busy and unsafe for running events. There also seems to be an increased demand for trail races amongst the running community.

Taylor continued: “With the challenges of organising a road race being prohibitive and with miles of beautiful off-road surrounding us, we wanted to offer something a little bit different at a fair price. It’s a demanding course – with over 1300ft of ascent and approximately 13.1 miles of distance – but it’s ideal for runners like me who struggle to reach PBs on road races but like the challenge of that distance.”

Taylor describes the route itself as a ‘testing out and back course’, on farm tracks, muddy field boundaries and some road, heading out into the foothills of the Lammermuirs and passing the little known Black Loch. There’s also a long climb up Doon Hill and into what’s known locally as Pheasant Valley.

On the way back to the start/finish at Hallhill Healthy Living Centre in Dunbar, runners will get superb panoramic views of the Firth of Forth, the Bass Rock and East Lothian.

As Taylor says: “The town of Dunbar has seen substantial growth in recent years and yet it is surrounded by areas of outstanding beauty, much of it unexplored by local people. The club hopes the race will enable people to see parts of Dunbar that they didn't know existed and we hope it will become a regular fixture on the running calendar.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors from near and far to the inaugural Black Loch Multi Terrain Half Marathon later this spring. Dunbar is a fantastic place to visit for a weekend break!”

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