Shale Trail 25km, 8km and Relay

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Shale Trail

The West Lothian Shale Trail is a 25k way marked route from West Calder to Winchburgh.
This route has been developed by the Shale Trail project: www.shaletrail.co.uk

Lothian Running Club in collaboration the Shale Trail Project are organising an inaugural Fun Run along the route to help launch the Shale Trail.

The run is open to individuals or teams of 3 splitting the run at checkpoints at Livingston Civic Centre and Uphall Station Car park. Individuals can Run the 25km to Winchburgh or just 8km to Livingston.

To comply with Government and Scottish Athletics guidelines the event is pre entry only.  Before the Start and after the Finish current Physical Distancing guidelines apply. Keep 2m away from others. During the run Scottish Athletics guidelines apply to participants however as the run route is along public footpaths also open to the public it is vital that runners respect the personal space of members of the public. The event will follow these guidelines and any subsequent updates: SAL XC Covid Guidelines

Trail Etiquette:  Look out for other walkers, runners and cyclists. Allow plenty of room to pass. Do not run closely behind another runner. When passing runners or non-runners try to allow a 2m gap. If this is not possible on narrower paths  turn your face away. There can be a 5m droplet zone behind a runner so if you approach another runner move out to pass in good time or on a narrow path call out ‘track’ so a slower runner can step aside. ( Like Triathlon – no drafting!)  After your run maintain social distancing as sweaty bodies can shed droplets! Also no High Fives and no Cuddling. After you finish you should return to your transport rather than hang about and create a crowd. Results will be posted on line.

Compulsory Equipment: On December 20th it may be cold and wet. It is also the second shortest day by 3 seconds. To help maintain safety runners must carry waterproof jacket, space blanket or similar, mobile phone, food and drink.  Also please carry a face covering such as a ‘buff’ of face mask, to be worn if normal social distancing cannot be maintained. The route is mainly firm underfoot but wet in places on the old rail line between Almondvale and Uphall. Trail shoes are recommended.

Covid-19 Travel Restrictions: The event is in West Lothian which is currently designated as Level 3 4 so travel to the event may be restricted from outwith the Level 3 4 zone. We expect an update before the event so please keep safe for now.
Briefly: Athletes in a Level 2 area should not travel to a Level 3 area. Athletes in a Level 3 area may travel within and around 5 miles from your local authority boundary for athletics.
The Scottish Athletics Framework Document can be found here: Scottish Athletics Covid-19 Framework

You must stay at home if you:
– Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 within 14 days of the event.
– Have been overseas to a country on the quarantine list or exposed to someone with COVID-19 within 14 days of the event.
– Have COVID-19 symptoms (self-isolate for 10 days) or are feeling unwell.
– Have been told to self-isolate as part of the contact tracing measures in place.

Travel: This run is point to point. In the current circumstances unfortunately we are not able to provide transport. Please see the Government Travel Advice   on Car Sharing. For Public Transport options please see Traveline Scotland.

Start: Runners are allocated an individual Start Time. Please let us know if two runners are in a household bubble and can start together. Before the Start maintain appropriate Social Distancing. A few minutes before your Start approach Pre Start and collect you timing chip and number. Please put any medical information the event should know about on the rear of the number. Please bring your own pins – it is really hard to disinfect safety pins!

Route: The route is to be waymarked by the Shale Trail Project and supplemented by standard arrows and marshals at key points en-route. A Google map is below and there is a   route that highlights interesting historic information on www.shaletrail.co.uk and for runners a  downloadable GPX route is available here:  Shale Trail GPX

Finish: You will be timed as you finish. We will not display results but post them on line as soon as possible. Although we will be pleased to see you please do not hang about at the Finish and create a crowd. After you finish you are, once again, subject to the national guidelines on Social Distancing.

Shale Trail Posts

Shale Trail Posts

Entry is £2 per person; i.e. £6 per team.
For teams please give names for each member
Please enter here: Waiting List only.  shail-trail-waitinglist-2020 

SAL Licensed Event

SAL Licensed Event