Trail Run Festival set for Lanark in August

Glasgow and Edinburgh Lanimer Cups, Lanark Racecourse'Picture by Helen Barrington
Glasgow and Edinburgh Lanimer Cups, Lanark Racecourse'Picture by Helen Barrington

LANARK Racecourse will be the venue from 9am to 1pm on Sunday, August 9 for family fun courtesy of the Lanark Trail Run Festival.

Hosted by South Lanarkshire Leisure & Culture (SLLC), participants can choose from three exciting events.

An SLLC spokesman said: “There’s something to suit every age group and ability so there’s no reason not to come along and have some great fun and healthy exercise.”

The first option is a 10k Trail Race rated as being perfect for more serious runners or those wanting to push themselves that little bit further. Beginning at 10.30am, this will take competitors through Lanark Racecourse, Lanark Loch, the Lanark Moor Cycle Track, Whitelees Road and out to loop around the Old Smyllum House.

From 10.45am, there will be a 5k race for families and new runners alike which is aimed at waking you up and getting you going

The spokesman added: “This is a fabulous starter event as you can walk, run or jog round Lanark Racecourse and Lanark Loch – it’s up to you.”

And, from noon for eight to 15-year-olds, there’s an exciting 3k, off road, Junior Duathlon where participants compete in two 500m runs either side of a 2k bike ride. The race route goes around Lanark Racecourse and the Lanark Moor Cycle Track.

To add to the fun, local primary school children have chosen a beach party theme for this event. So look out your grass skirts, Bermuda shorts and Hawaiian shirts! Dressing up is optional but is sure to make this a fun day.

For further information call 01555 666800.