Get set for Bennachie Hill Race

2014 Bennachie Hill Race winner Kyle Greig.
2014 Bennachie Hill Race winner Kyle Greig.

With last year’s silver anniversary event a huge success, the Bennachie Hill Race returns to the Back o’Bennachie car park, near Oyne, this Sunday (October 4).

Rod MacInnes, chair of event organisers the Garioch Roadrunners, said: “We’re so fortunate to have this iconic hill range on our doorstep.

“We can certainly promise runners a course that’s both scenic and challenging – as well as our legendary post-race home bakes!

He added: “Last year we got lucky with the weather and we certainly hope that this current good spell continues.

“In 2014 the winner Kyle Greig was a whisker away from the course record.

“With a drier course likely for the 2015 race, we may see the records fall in a few days’ time.” 

Sunday’s Senior Hill Race, open to everyone over the age of 18, is 12.8 kilometres long with around 550 metres of ascent.

The course takes in Watch Craig, Oxen Craig, Craigshannoch and Mither Tap before returning to the start via the Maiden’s Causeway.

The Junior Hill Race, open to runners aged 13–17, is five kilometres long with 150 meters of ascent.

Both events are open to runners of all standards. The race routes are well marked and marshalled; no previous experience of hill running is required to take part, but trail running shoes are recommended.

The Bennachie Hill Race, with Morven and Cairn William, is the last race in the Aberdeenshire Hill Race series. 

Entries may be available on the day but are not guaranteed.

Registration will be open from 12.30–1.30pm at the Back o’Bennachie car park. Both races start at 2pm. Tea, water and homebakes will be available at the finish.