Run the Blades is a totally unique event being held exclusively within the UK’s largest windfarm, Whitelee Windfarm (and it’s only 20 minutes from Glasgow)! With three distances (10K, half marathon and 50K ultramarathon) Run the Blades makes trail running accessible for runners of all fitness and experience levels.

All three distances offer a challenging course across mixed moorland and forests past wind turbines that tower 140 metres above the trail. Fully supported by Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service you’ll maybe chance upon one of the hundreds of species of birds, adders or deer that live within the boundaries of the wind farm. On a clear day you’ll be able to see Glasgow and in the distance even the coast of Northern Ireland.

Results

How did you do? Running for a time, challenging yourself or beating your best mate? Or did the trail win?

The Events

10K

Friday 21st July 2017 1930 hours
A perfect introduction to trail running around a relatively easy but rolling route. You’ll be hard pushed to find a 10K near Glasgow with scenery as good as this. Limited spaces.

Half Marathon

Saturday 22nd July 2017 1000 hours
So you’ve bagged a few 10Ks but don’t fancy the big dunter just yet, then the half marathon is the race for you. The perfect distance to raise money for your favourite charity.

50K Ultra

Saturday 22nd July 2017 0900 hours
Bridging the gap between marathon distance and the longer ultras, the original Run the Blades affords competitors the opportunity to step up from road marathon to ultra trail running.

Run the Blades

Whitelee Windfarm
Moor Road
Eaglesham
G76 0QQ

Event Info

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    Date

    Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July 2017

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    Venue

    Whitelee Windfarm (20 minutes SW of central Glasgow)

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    Registration

    Registration for the race will take place in the Event village located at Turbine 53 (which will be fully signed).

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    Time

    The 10K starts at 1930 hours on Friday evening with the 50K starting at 0900 hours and the half at 1000 hours on Saturday.

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    Parking

    Designated parking is available for the 10K and off-site parking and a free shuttle bus is available for the half and 50K.

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    Mandatory Kit

    Mobile phone (to call the Race Director) in case of emergency, foil blanket. Also a waterproof skin, a smile.

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    Checkpoints

    The 50K ultramarathon has three checkpoints at 12.5K, 25K & 37.5K. Dropbags can be left at these checkpoints.

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    Routes

    The confirmed routes will be out at least three months before race day.

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    Goody Bag

    Everyone loves a goody bag and we’re no different. Medal, t-shirt & a selection of other nice stuff.

Volunteer for us
Volunteer For Us

Volunteer on one of the days and we’ll give you a free entry to a race on the other day, a crew garment and a packed lunch. Limited places available. 

Contact events@breakingstrain.co.uk or 07753 620528 to find out more

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FAQ

Yes, the team at Breaking Strain Events are available to answer your questions at events@breakingstrain.co.uk.
Yes. All individual entrants must be aged 17 or over. This is to comply with UK and Scottish Athletics guidance for our shortest distance (10K).
The level of interest in the 10K in 2016 makes us think that this is big enough to be treated as a standalone event in the wider festival of running concept. The Friday night scheduling has been a big success for us at our Flash Mob Runs as it means people can race in the evening and still have time to enjoy the rest of their weekend basking in the afterglow of a successful run.
As part of the stipulations of the licence for the event, the number of parking spaces is relatively restricted on site (just over 100 this year) which means this will be unsuitable for an event with three distances on the Saturday. In 2016 we had 520 people sign up; this year we’d love to target 1000. By virtue of the Visitor Centre being closed after 1700 hours on Friday evening, the 10K event can utilize the majority of the VC and overspill parking, which is unavailable on the Saturday due to use by the general public, and also parking on the array road. The half marathon and 50K runners will be have return shuttle bus transport from off-site parking (less than a 15 minute drive).
Yes. This is available for blue badge holders who contact us in advance.
Chip timing, live results, quality medal, technical race t-shirt, goody bag, on-site parking (10K) and free return shuttle bus from off-site parking (half marathon and 50K), friendly, experienced staff and volunteers, first aid cover, a great day out.
The off-site parking will be at several local schools and travel time will be less than 15 minutes. Shuttle buses are used effectively at other events such as the Loch Ness Marathon and Kiltwalk.
No. This creates an unnecessary amount of admin for the BSE team especially close to race day. There are options to transfer your place to another runner (before the cut-off date of 21 June 2017).
Yes, provided that this is done before the cut off date of 21 June 2017. The reason we don’t allow this after this date is that it creates an unnecessary amount of administration for the BSE team and our timing team.
Yes, provided that this is before the cut off date of 21 June 2017. There will be an additional charge if moving up the distances but you will not receive a refund if moving down the distances as this creates admin work for the BSE team where we have to manually amend details.
Yes, we can offer bundles of any number of tickets. These will be charged at the face value of the ticket. There won’t be a ‘charity tax’ where charities have to pay through the nose to guarantee their entry. We like to support charities, not shaft them. It’s a terrible business model and unethical as hell.
Absolutely. BSE was conceived on the back of a long history of charity fundraising and to-date our events have raised almost £1 million. In 2016 we had 17 different charities represented at Run the Blades. There are two ways to run for charity: sign up and then run for your chosen charity or in some cases charities have bought bundles of tickets in advance and will be advertising on their own website.
The trail in the main follows existing windfarm access roads which offer a good surface to transition from road running to trail running. Although this isn’t a technical trail, we’d still recommend trail shoes as some sections of the trail can be muddy, wet (rain in the week of the 2016 event created an additional water feature) and be a little rough underfoot especially on the 50K.
We like the rainforests so we do paper-less tickets, we also work incredibly closely with the Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service and Scottish Power Renewables as well as the other stakeholders to ensure that we protect the environment.  We place an anti-pollution boom on one of the local stream to mitigate damage to the environment in the event of a vehicle fuel leak and all our vehicles carry spills kits. We have also made a Bronze Resource Efficiency Pledge where we aim to achieve 90% recycling of waste at our events.
We’ll have the event village set up at turbine 53 (bottom of the hill from the Visitor Centre and turn left) where you can see runners off and cheer them home. If you’re supporting the 50K runners there are additional access points to the windfarm to allow you to support at additional places. Contact events@breakingstrain.co.uk for further details.
Unlike traditional road races, trail running encourages self-sufficiency and as a result we encourage runners to carry their own water in a hydration pack or bottle. Due to the relatively short length there is only one water station on the 10K, two on the half marathon and three on the 50K ultra.

Results Archive

Results from the 2016 version of Run the Blades.