Relay Across Scotland This Summer
Spend this year's summer solstice running across the country with your mates...
Grab your running buddies and get in training for a summer solstice adventure across Scotland. Taking place on the longest day of the year (24/25 June) the Tribe Relay Scotland will see runners relay as a tribe through the day and into the night following the epic John Muir Way.
Running from west to east this is a non-stop relay beginning in Helensburgh and finishing in Dunbar. The route is 218K, split over 16 legs between 7K and 22K. Regular teams will cover two legs per person and run on average 28K each while Ultra teams will cover four legs per person and run on average 55K each.
Organised by performance nutrition brand, Tribe, and in partnership with Ultra X and the UK’s leading running crews the event has been created to raise funds for a world free from slavery. Indeed the goal is to raise £100,000 to fight modern slavery.
The weekend kicks off at Helensburgh with a sunrise breakfast for all runners and crew at the start, team members will then set off and take turns to cover the 218K course with one person from each team running at any one time.
The course really is a beautiful one, showcasing some of the spendid scenery our country has to offer. The John Muir Way offers a unique journey through Scotland’s landscapes, history, and heritage. The route passes through Scotland’s first national park, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, and offers a chance to connect with nature, taking advantage of the green spaces that link the coasts, villages, towns, and even the capital city.
This is a journey of contrasts, taking in woodlands, beaches, canals, rivers, parks, and urban areas. Teams will also discover Scotland’s ancient Roman history, engineering heritage, and several UNESCO World Heritage sites on the way.
The event will finish at Hedderwick Hill Stables in Dunbar, where there will be a BBQ, awards ceremony and finish party on Saturday afternoon.
Organisers point out that the relay is open to all abilities: "This relay is accessible for all levels of runner. As such, your team only has to be able to run an average pace of at least 11 minutes per mile to finish the course in the specified timeline - don't let the distance put you off!"
You can find out more at the event website.
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