New Windfarm Trail Race Blows in to Inverclyde
Acorn Trails' roster of races grows with mid-week off-road challenge
Race organisers Acorn Trails have just launched a brand-new trail race, in partnership with the Greenock Glenpark Harriers.
The BayWa r.e Inverclyde Windfarm Trail Race will take place on Wednesday, 14 July, in the hills overlooking Greenock and Port Glasgow, with entries now open.
The route will take runners three times clockwise around the windfarm, for a total of 5.5 miles – an unusual distance that will put runners’ pacing skills to the test.
The race will also feature a modest 500ft of elevation, including a hill climb, and will be run on rocky paths for which road shoes should be suitable ‘barring a monsoon’.
With eight turbines, each 110 m tall, the Inverclyde Windfarm will provide a spectacular location for the new event.
Started in September 2019 and completed last year, the project produces 24 MW of clean, renewable energy – enough to power around 44% of Inverclyde’s households. As Inverclyde’s only commercial scale windfarm it significantly increases Inverclyde’s current contribution to Scotland’s renewable energy targets.
Entries to the chip-timed race close on 10 July, with no further entries taken after this date. There will also be no waiting list in operation for the 120 places open to members of the public and Acorn Running Club. A further 80 places are reserved for members of the Greenock Glenpark Harriers.
Runners will have the opportunity to purchase medals and other race merchandise – as well as have a tree planted in the Highland or donate to the Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock – at registration.
Image: Inverclyde Community Fund