Reach New Heights This May
Head west for this scenic, springtime trail race...
Take your running to new heights and sign up for this year's Neilston Pad Race. The 4.5 mile race takes place in and around Neilston (East Renfrewshire), which for those of you who don't know (and why would you) is the sixth highest village in Scotland!
Set to take place at this year's Neilston Show on 6 May, the race starts in the village's show field and circles the iconic Neilston Pad. The 'pad' for those who don't know is a distinctive hill situated a mile south of the village. Its highest point is 261m and it has a unique-looking flat top which is surrounded by steep slopes and some 'distinctive' forestry to one side.
This is primarily a trail race, with a decent climb and a short section on public roads. Speaking about the beauty of the course organisers say: "Will you have time to enjoy views extending from Tinto Hill to Arran? Or to spot the buzzards, dippers, stonechats, roe deer, foxglove and harebells along the route?"
It goes without saying that runners of all ability are welcome, organisers comment that is is 'a race for some and a run for others!'. 2022 saw near perfect running conditions and with not too much mud on the route, the winner was local hero Alastair Stables of Giffnock North AC, who stormed home in 28:18. First female was Jenny Peebles of Westerlands CCC in 37:49.
Trophies are awarded for fastest male and female; and all participants will receive refreshments at the finish line, you can also choose to make a day of it and enjoy the show once you pass the finish line as entry is included in your race place.
If you'd like to know more, visit the Neilston Show website.
Image: Neilston Pad Race/Neilston Show