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SHR 'Bog n'Burn Series' reimagined for 2020

Final few weeks to log your 'races' in popular summer hill running series

Hill runners have just a few more weeks to log their muddy, hilly miles for Scottish Hill Runners’ ‘Virtual Bog n' Burn 2020’ Series.

In a normal year, the ‘Bog n' Burn Series’ would be made up of 12 Wednesday night hill races across Central Scotland, with a runner’s best six results over the selected events – held from April to August – to count.

But this being anything like a normal year, Scottish Hill Runners (SHR) has reworked the format of their challenge to continue to give runners the chance ‘to get muddy and wet in all the bogs and burns in the surrounding hills’, while taking into account race cancellations and the need to social distance.

Runners keen to take on the challenge must complete at least four of the six chosen Bog n’ Burn race routes, and record their attempts on their watches or phones.

Bonus points will be awarded for completing all six.

The selected races are: Cairn Table (Murkirk), Cort-ma Law (Lennoxtown), Kaim (Fairlie), The Law Breaker (Tillicoultry), Red Moss Kips (Balerno) and Whangie Wizz (Carbeth). GPX files of all the routes are available on the Scottish Hill Runners’ website for guidance. 

'Virtual Bog n’ Burn 2020' is open to all runners over the age of 18 with previous experience of hill and off-road running. As with their ‘real life’ equivalents, runners taking on any of the hill race routes must carry full  kit – waterproof jacket with hood, waterproof trousers, hat, gloves, whistle, compass, map and mobile phone – with them.

GPS route following is allowed, but runners should be able to navigate using a map and compass – and follow the latest government guidance on COVID-19 during their runs.

Once completed, runners should email their attempts as GPX files to the series organiser, who will then collate the results for both individual races and the overall series. ‘Virtual Bog n’ Burn 2020' is free to enter, but runners must register before they complete any of the courses. 

The deadline for submitting GPX files is midnight, 31 October.

Image courtesy: North Ayrshire Athletics Club (Facebook)

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