A ‘novel’ way to get into the Christmas spirit

Fans of one of Scotland’s most famous nineteenth century writers, Sir Walter Scott, can enjoy a festive 5k run based at his extraordinary home on Sunday, 8 December.

The Gala Harriers Festive 5K starts and finishes in the grounds of Scott’s home by the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, the 200-year-old Abbotsford House. Best known for his novels Ivanhoe and Waverley, Scott also wrote poetry, popularised tartan, saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered Scotland’s crown jewels.

With the race starting at 12.30pm, runners are invited to make the most of their trip to Galashiels. Both they and their friends and family are invited to stay on after the run to enjoy all that Abbotsford House’s Festive Family Fair has to offer.

The fair, which runs from 11am to 3pm both Saturday and Sunday, features free tours of the house, a craft fair featuring local traders and activities for all ages, including storytelling sessions, arts and crafts, a festive trail and more. Entry to the fair is free, but some activities may carry a small charge.

The Gala Harriers Festive 5K is suitable for runners of all abilities, and everyone who finishes will get a medal.

Entries to the event, organised by Gala Harriers AC, are now open on Entry Central.

Image: Abbotsford House

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