SCOTTISH ATHLETICS RACE PERMIT AND OTHER PERMITS GRANTED
Sunday 31st August 2014 11am
Entries are now CLOSED!
We are pleased to announce the 5th Annual Melrose Road Race in the beautiful Scottish Borders.
Registration will take place in the Corn Exchange, Market Square, Melrose, where you will pick up your race number. Registration opens at 9.45am and will close at 10.30am sharp. A quick race briefing will follow before the 10 minute walk to the Start Line.
We are now pleased to announce Scotia Chiropratic will provide 2 massage tables to offer runners pre and post race support massages. The cost of this is only £5 for a 15 minute session with all money raised going directly to their local charity. More information here http://www.scotiachiropractic.co.uk/event-support.html
This route is undulating with an uphill start run entirely on B roads and country roads so no trail shoes are required. The 7th mile is a steep downhill followed by a flat fast mile to the finish line. The only drinks station is around the half way mark where cups of water will be available. The route is marked with correx direction arrows and a few mile markers, plus we will have marshals to keep you on the right route.
After the race has finished, you will be invited back to the Corn Exchange for a fabulous buffet with home-made cake and sandwiches, tea/coffee and tray bakes. Non runners may also indulge in the buffet for a small donation. A small award will be given to winner and runner-up for the Male and Female categories plus a few spot prizes.
Every finisher will be awarded a race memento, bottled water and banana.
Entries on the day may be available if the event has not already sold out online BUT you will not receive a medal unless there are a number of dropouts - Strictly first come first served!! . All other entries will be taken through Entry Central only.
*Please do not ask for a refund or deferral if you are unable to run on the day.*
All profits from this years race will go to Brathay Trust. This charity helps vulnerable and disadvantaged children who have had a bad start to life to get back on track and make positive changes to their lives.
Current Course Records
Male 52:26 Female 55:34
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can i enter the race on the day?
A. There may be a few ‘on the day’ entries if it has not sold out online. Online entries close on Sunday 24th August.
Q. Where do i register and pick up my race number?
A. This needs to be done at the Corn Exchange, Melrose TD6 9PN from 9.45am. Registration closes at 10.30am sharp as we need to walk to the start line.
Q. How do i get to Melrose?
A. I would recommend the A68 if you are travelling from the North or South. If you are travelling via Carlisle, then head north on the A7. Public transport is NOT recommended on a Sunday. Please help out your fellow runners by car sharing.
Q. Where can i park my car?
A. On street parking is available in Melrose. Please DO NOT park in a disabled parking bay.
Q. Will the route be marshalled?
A. Yes, we will have assistance from The Melrose Rotary Club to marshal the route. Please adhere to any advice they give you for your own safety
Q. Is the route closed to traffic?
A. No. A lot of this route is run on small winding country roads. Warning signs will be in place to other road users advising of a ‘Race In Progress’ but remember they will have right of way. Please be courteous to other road users at all times
Q. Will there be a drinks station?
A. Yes, Water will be offered in the village of Bowden which is roughly half way point of the race. Please dispose of any rubbish in the bin provided.
Q. Are there any off-road sections?
A. No. It is all on tarmac so road shoes are perfect.
Q. It’s only 13.1km. Seems easy enough?
A. Please look at the elevation profile of the route. This is a hilly course and won’t be easy for some runners if you haven’t trained to run up and down hills before.
Q. Can i wear my earphones during the race?
A. Absolutely not! There are miles of high hedges on the twisty country roads. You will need to be aware of traffic coming towards you that you may not be able to see.
Q. Are there showers and changing facilities?
A. No, only Ladies and Gents toilets.