The Glenmore 24 Trail Race takes place in Glenmore Forest which is in the Scottish Highlands, just outside Aviemore, in The Cairngorms National Park. Traditionally the race takes place on the first Saturday of September with entries opening on the first Saturday in December the previous year.
There are two race categories available.
24 Hour Solo Race
12 Hour Solo Race
The race loop is 4 miles long and the majority of it is run on wide forest trails and landrover tracks. The course will be fully marked and so by the time darkness falls you’ll have no concerns about getting lost! You can of course get to Glenmore well before midday on the Saturday to familiarise yourself with it in advance.
Cold & hot water will be supplied for runners to use. Cold water will be available at the start/finish and also at the 2 mile CP. Hot water will be available at the start/finish.
There is ample parking at the start/finish area. When you arrive, competitors will be able to take their cars in to the Hayfield area to unpack their tent and setup their area. Once done, cars need to be removed and parked as directed by race marshals. There will be limited space for those of you who wish to use camper vans etc, so if you intend to do this, please let us know ASAP. There will also be space on the start/finish straight for runners who wish to setup a small table to put food/drink on.
There will be toilets available in the Hayfield for the duration of the event.
Please come well prepared for this event as you would for any other endurance race.Please remember to dress for the expected weather and also factor-in that the course is situation at altitude in the Scottish Highlands.
We will have a number of first aiders onsite for the duration of the race, many of whom are experienced ultra runners themselves, but please don’t underestimate the importance of a support crew no matter how experienced you are in running ultra races.
The race team will also be patrolling the course regularly on foot and bike, so don’t be afraid to ask for some company for a lap or two if you feel you need it.
Above all else, please keep an eye out for each other when on the course and let us know if you think someone is struggling or needs assistance.
Suggested Kit List
- Head torch w/spare batteries. ** MANDATORY ITEM **
- Full body waterproof clothing.
- Hats, gloves,
- Midge net and repellant (deet-based or Avon “Skin so Soft”) – more important for support crew than runners!
- Tent with sleeping bag, mat etc.
- Hat & gloves.
- Some warm layers, spare layers etc.
- Basic first aid kit.
- Folding chair.
- Folding table.
- Enough food to last the duration.
- Sunglasses & sun-block.
- Any current medication you may be taking.
- A sense of humour – particularly important from about midnight to sunrise.
- Enough supplements, sports drinks, electrolytes etc to last the duration. Drinking water will be provided.
- Mobile phone.
- Anything else that will make your race more enjoyable….. within reason!!!!
The above kit is the bare minimum you are expected to have on the day and some of it is just our own recommendations from experience at ultra races. Equipment and food/drink requirements are a very individual thing for each athlete, so please be sure to test things out in training as its the only way to know what will work for you.
The 2011 race was a typical Scottish Autumnal day which saw all four seasons make an appearance at some point,from glorious sunshine to a freezing -2 degrees at night. Please pack enough variations of clothes to cope with all weather eventualities as well as enough in quantity to ensure you have dry layers to change in to.
Athletes are not expected to carry spare kit during the race. Due to the length of the course and the layout, this equipment can be stored in your tent and with your support crew.
There may be spot checks before, during and on completion of the race. This is to ensure your own health & safety.
The schedule of events will typically be as follows:
- Race team onsite PM
- Race registration will be available from 4pm-6pm for those who arrive early or live local.
- Hayfield area will be open for runners to pitch tents from 3pm.
- Pre-race fancy dress party from 6pm.
- 9.00 – Race registration opens
- 10:30 – Marshal briefing.
- 11:30 – Race registration closes.
- 11:50 – Athlete and crew briefing on start/finish line.
- 12:00 midday – Glenmore 24 Trail Race starts!
- 23:00 – Short race loop opens.
- 00:00 Midnight – 12 hour race finishes.
- 11:00 – Short race loop opens.
- 12:00 Midday – 24 hour race finishes
- 13:30 – Prize Giving
From the day before the race, runners and crew can pitch their tents in the Hayfield area. However, we need to vacate this area by Sunday night. Aviemore and the surrounding areas have a lot of different accommodation options.
Directions & Transport
By car from the south, take the A9 to Aviemore. At the first roundabout you reach (restaurant building on your left), take the B9152 (to the right) and follow signs for Glenmore Village/Cairngorm Mountain National Park for approximately 7 miles. You will pass Loch Morlich and a campsite on your right, followed by the Forestry Commission buildings on your left. Keep on this road, it will go round to the right, over a bridge, with trees on your left. The wide open field on your right is the “Hayfield” which is the start/finish area.
By car from the north, take the A9 to Aviemore, drive all the way through the town and you’ll reach a roundabout at the end of it. Take the B9152 as per above, but it will be taking you off to the left instead of the right.
If you need picked up from Aviemore (7 miles away) or somewhere else nearby, please get in touch and we can make arrangements with you. There is also the option to fly in to Inverness Airport and hire a car from there or get a train/bus down. Its also worth asking in our Facebook Chat Page if you’re looking to share transport.