Lothian Running Club Festive Frolics, Beecraigs – Sunday 26th December, 2021
A Handicap run over 7 km or 14 km, first runner starts at 11.00am; Beecraigs Bash Fun Run (1.3km approx.) at 11.15am.
Start/Finish area for the Handicap is at Balvormie Car Park West
The Courses: Both the 7k and 14k handicap runs use the same, tough loop starting near Balvormie Car Park (GR 997743), heading east through Beecraigs, round Beecraigs Loch, up the Sawmill hill and returning, via the start area at Balvormie, before heading west to climb Cockleroy, then returning to the finish. The longer run is two laps of the shorter one. There will be maps available at the start, some marshals on the route and tape at critical, non-marshalled junctions.
Map: OS map at the bottom of the page with GPX link.
Beecraigs Bash: This is a short (about 1.3km) run, on woodland paths, starting and finishing near Balvormie car park, Runners of all ages are welcome, though parents should supervise very young competitors. The run starts at 11.15am. Enter on the day – only.
Parking: There are two car parks at the start area. Please follow the instructions of marshals when parking. Once these are full, further parking is available at the Visitor’s Centre (GR 005747 – 1km approx from the start) or the Lochside Car Park (GR 007743 – also 1km approx. from the start.) Please do not park on the verges but only use designated car parks. Please allow plenty of time to park your car responsibly.
The course: The surface varies, from short sections on tarmac to firm trails within the woods, to rough tracks and includes the ascent and descent (on grass) of Cockleroy. Paths on most of the course have been upgraded with only short sections which can still be very wet and muddy especially if we have weather like 2015. Obviously snow will present different hazards, as will ice, if temperatures are low. On some sections there is ‘two way traffic’ – Keep left and take care on the narrower paths.
Your handicap: Your start time is based on your known form. You will be given a number to wear during the run. Your start time will be marked on the front of the number. Collect your number and and a timing chip at registration on the day.
Online Entries open from 1st October. Online entries close at 20:00 on Wednesday 22nd December, or when the course limit is reached. NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY.
We will need to know your current ‘form’ to allocate a handicap. When entering, please state which distance you want to run, and give some indication of your current form, eg 10k, 10 mile or half marathon time so we can allocate a start time. Entry is free but we would welcome a Food Bank donation on the day.
The entry limit for the course has been reached so online advance entries are now closed.
We will need to know your current ‘form’ to allocate a handicap. When entering, please state which distance you want to run, and give some indication of your current form, eg 10k, 10 mile or half marathon time so we can allocate a start time. Entry is free.
Enquiries: Email to Festive Handicap
After the race: Results will be posted later on the Club’s website – http://www.lothianrunningclub.co.uk/ and http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/ as soon as possible.
Keep it Simple Timing will endeavour to post results live to their website as you finish – internet permitting.
In the event of severe weather (which caused cancellation in 2009 & 10) please check the Club’s website for updates on the race status.
- Race Day Information
- 1. Keep checking LRC website and Facebook pages in case bad weather causes any disruption of the event such as fallen trees.
- 2. Runners can collect Race Numbers and Timing Chips from 10:30 to 11:30 at Balvormie car park. Start Times will be on the Race Number. Wear the timing chip on your shoe.
- 4. Slowest 14km runners will be off from 11:00, with fastest 7km runners off around 12:00.
- 5. Beecraigs Bash is enter-on-the-day, and will start at 11:15.
- 6. Please allow plenty of time to park – see parking information above.
- 7. The course crosses minor roads, and road crossings are marshalled. Please take care and look out for Boxing Day drivers.
- 8. Return your timing chip but take your litter home.
On Line Entries have now Closed.
Start List Linked here:
- Race Day Information