Return of the Yomp
Lomond Hill Runners' Falkland trail race will return in January ...
After its successful launch earlier this year, Lomond Hill Runners' Falkland Yomp will return in January 2024 offering the perfect start to a year of good intentions! The race will take place on 7 January and is an 11K race that takes in 480m of ascent. Organisers say: "Our tough trail race sold out in 2023, join us in 2024 and test your muscles and skills. And get your running year off to a great start too."
Described as a 'superb undulating trail race destined to be an instant classic', those taking part in the inaugural event certainly didn't disagree, with comments like this ten-a-penny: "Thank you for a great race. I think that’s the best, most enjoyable race course I’ve ever run. Cakes and soup were pretty good too." and "Fantastic route which had everything that you want from a trail race! Fantastic soup and cakes at the finish too! When can I sign up for next year?!?"
The route links up many of the best trails in 'runners' favourite' - Falkland Estate and involves two long and steady climbs with a decisive sharp climb close to the finish! Organisers describe the event thus: "Exhilarating descents and a superb mixture of gravel, rooted trail and forest track not to mention one short sharp beast near the end. Good grippy trail shoes are a must."
Those famililar with running at Falkland Estate will already know of sections such as the Zig Zags, Temple of Indecision, Iron Arch, Witches Cave and Wee B'stard Hill and those who aren't yet familiar with the course are surely tempted by names like these! It is worth noting that £3 of the entry fee goes to Falkland Estate to support the maintenance and development of their excellent trail network that many runners enjoy using.
If the course description hasn't sealed it for you, then the final word from Lomond Hill Runners may do just that: "It wouldn't be a Lomie event without our post race vegetarian/vegan hot soup, water and snacks."
If you'd like to know more, visit the Falkland Yomp entry page.
Image: Raymond Leinster/Lomond Hill Runners