The race is approximately 33 miles long and starts in the village of Killin. The route is run on a variety of surfaces, but all good underfoot, so it would make a nice race for those looking to step up from marathon distance. Of course, being Scotland in November, the weather might add a wee extra chellenge to the proceedings. The route is out and back (with a twist), so you don’t need to worry about transport back to the start.
Click here to download a .gpx file of the course which is compatible with most GPS devices like Suunto & Garmin as well as their related websites.
The race will start from Killin at 8am. There’s no hard and fast cut-off time, but the plan is to head to the pub at 4pm so that’s your target time for finishing. That’s about a 4mph average which should be more than doable for everyone over this course.
We’ll provide water only every 7 miles or so and once you’ve finished. BAM do not supply disposable cups at checkpoints.
The majority of the route is on cycle paths and forest trails so its good conditions underfoot and nothing technical although depending on the weather, the forest could be a bit wet in places. There are 5 miles or so on very quiet country B roads out the back of Strathyre, headed towards Balquihidder.
This is an unsupported race. You are not allowed to meet anyone anywhere on course. Supporters and well wishers are not permitted at any of the check points on course, and anyone found waiting will be moved on by the marshals. The only place people can see runners is at the start/finish in Breadalbane Park or at the Strathyre Forestry Commission car park.
We’ll have a number of first-aiders available on the day with medical supplies at each CP and the start/finish.
Please just keep an eye out for your fellow runners to make sure we all get home to the pub in good time and in good health.
Main rule is….. use your common sense. The list below is just to get the old grey stuff thinking about what you should take with you for a long day of running in the Scottish winter. The route is good underfoot and you’re not clambering over mountains, so while you can leave your crampons at home you might want to pack an extra couple of layers in case its a wet & cold one.
We have two items of mandatory kit which you must carry at all times. We will be doing random kit checks at race registration. Anyone found not to be carrying these will not be allowed to race. No exceptions and no excuses.
- An emergency space/foil blanket.
- A functioning mobile phone with at least one race director’s number in it.
To help you out a bit so you don’t have to carry everything, we’ll have a drop bag option at the halfway-ish mark of the course. So if its a particularly pishy day weather-wise you can leave a change of clothes or an extra wooly hat there for the homeward leg.
- Means of hydration – bottles or bladder system.
- Full waterproof cover.
- Head torch.
- Basic first aid kit to deal with blisters, scrapes etc.
- Some warm layers if its a particularly nippy day.
To encourage as many of you as possible to stay in Killin on the night before the race and for the Saturday night Ceilidh, we’ve spoken to local B&Bs and Hotels and some are offering a discount to runners, so pelase check them out first if you’re looking to stay over.
UPDATING LIST FOR 2016 – Please call directly and say you are taking part in GO33.
- Ardlochay Lodge – Friday and Saturday nights only, at only £28 per person sharing, for each night.
This is for Bed and Breakfast (early breakfasts – no problem…..!!) – Carlotta – 01567 820962
- The Old Smiddy – 10% off 2 night stay if booked before the end of August – Michael and Lynn – 01567 820619
- The Capercaillie – 10% off room rates – Myra – 01567 820355