Run the Blades is a totally unique event held exclusively within the UK’s largest onshore wind farm, Whitelee Wind Farm. The site offers a real feel for the great outdoors, but is a convenient 20 minute drive from the bustling centre of Glasgow. Incorporating three distances – a 10K, half marathon and 50K ultramarathon – the event makes trail running accessible to runners of all fitness and experience levels.

All three of the challenging routes cross through mixed moorland and trees, passing wind turbines that tower 140 metres above the trail. Picture a futuristic forestry land… it sure is a mesmerising distraction from those burning muscles! What’s more, you could be lucky enough to spot one of the hundreds of bird species, adders or deer that live within the site boundaries. On a clear day you’ll be able to see Glasgow and even the coast of Northern Ireland in the distance. We encourage family and friends to come along for a fun filled weekend, there will be lots of excitement and tasty goods on offer at the vibrant event village. Run the Blades is fully supported by Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service and we value the support of the local Eaglesham community.

Run the Blades Events

10K

Friday 20th July 2018 – 19:30 HRS
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.

Route details

Half Marathon

Saturday 21st July 2018 – 10:00 HRS
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.

Route details

50K Ultra

Saturday 21st July 2018 – 09:00 HRS
Bridging the gap between marathon and the longer ultras? The original Run the Blades length offers competitors the opportunity to step up from road marathon to ultra trail running.

Route details
Run the Blades

Whitelee Windfarm
Moor Road
Eaglesham
G76 0QQ

Event Info

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    Date

    Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July 2018.

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    Accessibility

    We aim to create accessible events. The Visitor Centre is on one level with accessible entrances, disabled toilets and parking available. Drop events@breakingstrain.co.uk an email with your requirements.

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    Venue

    Whitelee Wind Farm (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 will take place on Friday evening; the half marathon and 50K ultra will start on Saturday morning. See times for each event above.

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    Parking

    There is designated parking on-site for all three events.

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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 four checkpoints, the half, two and the 10K, one. Drop bags can be left at the checkpoints on the 50K ultra only.

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    Routes

    Routes for all three events will be the same as last year. Please note that routes are subject to change due to the operational needs of the wind farm.

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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.

Run the Blades
Scottish Power Renewables, Proud Sponsors of Run the Blades.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring Run the Blades as part of our programme to encourage access to Whitelee and promote health & wellbeing.”

– Keith Anderson, CEO, Scottish Power Renewables.

Run the Blades
Volunteer for us.

Volunteer for us on one of the days and we’ll give you a free entry to a race on the other day! You’ll also get a crew garment and a packed lunch. Limited places available.

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

Join the conversation: #runtheblades

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).
Yes, we listened to the feedback from 2017 and we’ve spoken to the site operators. There will now be on-site parking for all three events for the first time ever.
Yes. This is available for blue badge holders who contact us in advance.
Chip timing, live results, on-site parking, friendly, experienced staff and volunteers, first aid cover, a great day out. For finishers of the race there will also be an awesome goody bag, race t-shirt and medal.
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 30 days before the race) or receive a refund.
Yes, provided that this is done before the cut off date 30 days before the event. 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, we offer full refunds if processed prior to 30 days before the event.
Yes, provided that this is processed before the cut off date 30 days before the event. 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 2017 we had over 20 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 within the next two years.
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 four on the 50K ultra.
Drop bags are your little bags of joy that you can leave at each of the checkpoints so you don’t have to carry everything. Drop bags should be small bags (think large food bags) that include only disposable items (food, drink etc) as we can’t be responsible for any valuables/clothing left behind.

At registration we’ll have an area set aside for you to leave your drop bags for the respective checkpoints. The checkpoint teams will then transport your drop bags to the checkpoint in advance of you arriving there.