Lindsays Borders Marathon and Relay

Lindsays Borders marathon relayWelcome to the inaugural Lindsays Borders Marathon and Relay 2014

Scottish Athletics permit approved.

Officially measured course to 26.2 miles.

I am very pleased to announce award-winning law firm Lindsays will be our headline sponsors for this event.

The nearest marathon race to the Scottish Borders is Kielder marathon in England followed by the Edinburgh marathon. I travel a lot to get to races so why not have one on our doorstep. As the Scottish Borders doesn’t have a marathon, then why not?

The date for your diary is Sunday 2nd March 2014 at 9am held at the Kelso Golf Club here. The 26.2 miles will be run entirely around the safety track in the inside of the racecourse so it is a great opportunity to bag your first marathon distance for the year and blow away the cobwebs. Each lap is 1.11 miles in distance and will take each marathon runner approximately 23.5 laps to complete the distance. This race will now be officially measured to a marathon distance!

As well as the owners of the Kelso Racecourse, my extended thanks go to Kelso Golf Club for allowing this event to go ahead on their land. All proceeds from this marathon will go to my favoured charity the Brathay Trust who work with the most vulnerable and ‘hard-to-reach’, helping them to develop the confidence, motivation and skills that they need to unlock their potential and make real positive changes in their lives.

Registration will take place in the clubrooms of the golf club from 7.30am to 8.30am. Car parking will be available next door at the Kelso Ice Rink. Stewards will be there to direct your car to the rear of the car park when you arrive. You will NOT be able to park in the Golf Club car park.

There will also be a relay team event held at the same time. Teams of 4 runners, male, female or mixed are encouraged to enter with their own team name. Each team runner will run approximately 6.5 miles each to complete the marathon distance. The idea of having a relay event is to enable runners to compete in this event who do not wish to or are not ready for the full 26.2 miles or who may be returning from injury etc but still want to be involved in the first ever marathon in the Scottish Borders.

With each lap being just over 1 mile in distance, it is also a perfect opportunity to have a water station at every lap and also if you need to change your clothing at any point then you know you only have 1 mile to get to your bag of clothing, hydration, energy foods etc. This event is run entirely off road so there is no need for navigation, road closures etc. The track itself is hard packed gravel with only some loose gravel throughout the route. Road shoes or trail shoes are equally ideal. I would recommend bringing both types with you so you can make the final decision but i ran round a lap in road shoes and they were perfectly adequate. With the current weather at this time of year, the route may be a bit muddy in places, please be prepared for this. There will be two portaloos near the route – 1 for males and 1 for females. Remember in March it will still be cold and possibly windy with unpredictable weather so please dress appropriately. There are changing room facilities for male and female but only two showers for male and none for female. After the race you are invited to the clubrooms for hot food, coffee, tea, drinks etc at very reasonabe prices and also the presentation will take place in the clubrooms. Any outdoor running footwear is absolutely prohibited inside the clubrooms as new carpet has recently been laid. Please respect this rule.

A very unique finishers memento will be presented at the finish line as well as a small goody bag.

The cost for individual marathon entry is £26 and for each team event runner £15 which will be taken through Entry Central. Online entry only. There will be a maximum of 90 runners for the individual marathon and 10 teams for the relay event so spaces are expected to sell fast for this inaugural event.

Entries will open on Monday 21st October early morning.

The cut-off time for both events is 5 hours.


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