Glack is Back
New autumn event set for Aberdeenshire hill 'born to host trail runs'
After eight years of creating obstacle races deep in the Aberdeenshire countryside, the organisers of ‘Glack Attack’ are back with a new venture for autumn 2021.
Last year’s Glack Attack – cancelled due to the pandemic – was already scheduled to be organisers Glack Hill Adventures' biggest, muddiest – and last-ever – obstacle event before they turned their attention, experience and location to trail racing.
They promise that their new event, Glack Trail – to be held on Saturday, 4 September – will be all about ‘running and leaping around forests, hills and open countryside’. What the 207m high Glack Hill near Dunecht, Aberdeenshire, lacks in height, organisers say, it will make up for in ‘awesome terrain with natural trails navigating woodland, steep slopes, quarries and impressive boulders’.
The 8km-long course itself will weave around ‘stunning wilderness without an inch of tarmac in sight’, and will be suitable for all runners over the age of eight, from ‘hardened trail runners to first time adventurers’. Runners under the age of 12, however, will require a race-registered guardian to accompany them throughout the race.
Early bird rates for Glack Trail are available until 31 March.
The current COVID-19 plan is for the event to start in four waves, going out in 20-minute intervals, but organisers have reassured runners that should the event be postponed or cancelled due to coronavirus, their places can be deferred or fully refunded.
As with their ‘Glack Attack’ events, Glack Hill Adventures have chosen Aberdeen-based cancer and haematology-care charity Friends of ANCHOR (FoA) to be their official charity partner. A donation to the charity will be made for each person who volunteers to help on the day, and a free place given to the first 50 runners pledging to raise £80 in sponsorship for the charity.
More than £80,000 has been raised for FoA through Glack Events since 2013.
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