Carron Valley Trail Race Returns
This summer trail race is a hidden gem...
The Carron Valley is one of those parts of Scotland that not many people know about - but that's no bad thing as this beautiful spot is rarely crowded. If you fancy checking it out, you could join the fun at this year's Tom Robb Memorial Trail Race which is set for 26 August.
The 7 mile race takes place within the Carron Valley Forestry which is located off the B818 Fintry to Denny road in Stirlingshire. The race starts near the main car park and the route follows undulating forestry tracks before turning up the hill towards the Meikle Bin.
Organisers comment: "We don't ask that you run to the top of Meikle Bin, but instead veer left to the top of the track and take a moment to turn and notice the great view before heading along a tree-lined section and twisting back down towards the Carron Reservoir and on to the finish back where you started!"
It really is a spectacular setting, and another bonus is that after the race you can check out what's going on at the nearby Duncarron Medieval Village. As luck would have it, their Forces in the Field event is taking place on the same day as the race. Travel back in time and enjoy artefacts, crafts, live displays and thrilling sagas inspired by picts, pirates, Romans, red coats, vikings, crusaders and Jacobites.
The race has been staged since 2016 in memory of Tom Robb who lived and farmed near the Carron Valley for over 50 years. In later life he developed dementia. In August 2012 he went for a walk and was last seen at the Carron Valley Forestry. Despite extensive searches by family, friends, mountain rescue teams and the police, he has never been found.
The money raised from the event will be shared between Alzheimer Scotland and Ochils Mountain Rescue Team to support the amazing work they do.
If you would like to know more, visit the Tom Robb Memorial Trail Race website.
Image: Tom Robb Memorial Trail Race Facebook