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Virtual and ‘real life’ options for June running festival

Popular family event keeps its 2021 options open – and hundreds of bags of tatties at the ready

Organisers Great Scottish Events have announced that the 2021 Great Scottish Walk & Run Festival (Sunday, 27 June) will have both virtual and real-life options. 

The virtual edition of the 2020 festival was such a ‘tremendous success’ that organisers are keen to ensure the event’s many overseas friends can still take part – even if they can’t travel to be there themselves. 

UK-based runners can choose between the real-life versions of the festival’s many races – to be held on Edinburgh’s Silverknowes Promenade – and the virtual versions when registering.

Great Scottish Events are hopeful that the Festival will be their first live event of 2021. But if regulations don’t permit a live event of its size by race day, the entire event will be delivered virtually.

The 2021 Festival will feature the Great Scottish Summer 5k and 10k runs as well as the Great Scottish 10k and 20k walks. Runners under the age of six (and in buggies) can enjoy the Great Scottish Toddle. All festival participants receive a bespoke medal and tshirt. 

Entry to the fifth Great Scottish Tattie Run is also included free of charge in the 2021 Festival – an even better deal when you consider you get a medal – and to keep your tatties.

The event – a one-mile long dash while carrying a 20kg (men), 10kg (women) or 5kg (teens) bag of tatties on your shoulders – can be run as an individual, or as a part of a four-person relay team. Children under the age of 15 can enter the tattie run, or the Festival’s free ‘spud and spoon’ race.

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