Festive Handicap Information

Lothian Running Club Festive Frolics, Beecraigs  –  Thursday 26th December, 2019

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.


The Courses: Both 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 or download  here:  Lothian-Running-Club-Festive-Handicap-2019

Beecraigs Bash: This is a short (about 1.3km) run, on woodland paths, starting near Balvormie car park, and finishing at the same finish area as the handicap events. Runners of all ages are welcome, though parents should supervise very young competitors. The run starts at 11.15am. Enter on the day – only. (More Info … )

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’ – Runners 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.
Entries Open 1st October and close when the entry limit is reached.
The entry limit for the course has been reached so online advance entries are now closed. If some runners cancel, there may be a limited number of entries on the day, at BALVORMIE CAR PARK, between 09:45 and 10:30.
Please allow plenty of time to park. Once Balvormie car parks are full, the nearest car park, at the Visitor’s Centre, is 1km walk from the start/finish area.

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.

FestiveFrolics Entry 2019
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  4. Note you must be over 17yr for 14km or over 15yr for 7km.
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  6. (valid email required)
  7. Current form e.g. parkrun, 10km, 10m or 0.5M time
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  1. Please enter code and Click Submit button

Entrants to the 14km should be 18+ and for the 7km must be 16+, as per UKA rules.

Enquiries: Email to Festive Handicap

After the race: Results should be live and on-line from Keep it Simple Timing and will be posted later on the Club’s website – http://www.lothianrunningclub.co.uk/ and http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/ as soon as possible.

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. Pre entered runners can collect Race Numbers and Timing Chips from 09:45 to 10:45 at Balvormie car park. Start Times will be on the Race Number. Wear the timing chip on your ankle.
    • 3. There may be a limited number of on-the-day entries, available between 09:45 and 10:30.
    • 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 info above.
    • 7. The course crosses minor roads, and road crossings are marshalled. Please take care and look out for Boxing Day drivers.
    • 8. NO BOTTLED WATER PROVIDED. Please bring your own filled, reusable bottle.
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