Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone Run the Blades until July 2021 (16-18 July 2021). The 2021 event will differ slightly from previous years to allow us to build any control measures in to the scheduling if Covid is still prevalent in the community in July. As a result the schedule will be as follows: 10K Friday evening, 50K on Saturday and Half Marathon on Sunday.

Since the first Run the Blades in 2015, RTB has grown to beome one of the largest trail running events in the UK. 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 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. It’s also growing in popularity. The 2018 and 2019 events saw backing by both ScottishPower Renewables and EventScotland and an international field with records being broken in five of the six race categories (male and female 10K, half marathon and 50K ultra).

So, what to expect? Turbines towering 140 metres above your head, robust route signage, friendly marshals and support, the best race medal, a quality tech t-shirt and amazing goody bag (we put the ‘good’ in goody bag), a vibrant Event Village with music and an expanded selection of food vans. Three challenging routes and a bit of a hill to test yourself near the end.

Entries for 2021 open early 2021.

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Friday 16th July 2021 – 19:30 HRS
A perfect introduction to trail running around a relatively easy but rolling route. Watch out for ‘that hill’ near the end. You’ll be hard pushed to find a 10K near Glasgow with scenery as good as this.

Price: £25 (Early Bird: £22)

Route details

50K Ultra

Saturday 17th July 2021 – 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.

Price: £36 (Early Bird: £33)

Route details

Half Marathon

Sunday 18th July 2021 – 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.

Price: £30 (Early Bird: £27)

Route details
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Whitelee Windfarm
Moor Road
G76 0QQ

Event Info

  • Date

    Friday 16th (in the evening) – Sunday 18th July 2021

  • Price

    Early bird will be open for the first two weeks after launch at £3 cheaper than the full price. Full price: 10K = £25, Half Marathon = £30, 50K = £36.

  • 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.

  • Venue

    Whitelee Wind Farm (20 minutes SW of central Glasgow).

  • Registration

    Registration for the race will take place in the Event village located at Turbine 53 (which will be fully signed). This may change due to Covid as we may post race numbers out in advance.

  • Time

    See times for each event above. These may be subject to change prior to launch.

  • Parking

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

  • Mandatory Kit

    Specific kit requirements will be detailed in the Race Pack emailed to participants in advance of the weekend. All participants, regardless of race, must carry a mobile to call the RAce Director in case of emergencies. A smile. Sense of humour for the hill at the end.

  • 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. Specific details around checkpoints will be clarified nearer the time based on government advice around social distancing at the time of the event.

  • Routes

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

  • Goody Bag

    Everyone loves a goody bag and we’re no different. Due to the current lockdown we’re examining how we keep you safe in and around the Event Village and this will involve how any race merchandise is processed at the end of the race.

  • Trees not Tees

    As part of our ongoing drive to make Run the Blades more sustainable, we have partnered with Trees not Tees to give runners the option to plant a tree instead of receiving a race t-shirt (which often are never worn).

Entries for 2021 open early 2021.
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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.

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Event Scotland, proud Supporters of Run the Blades.

“In Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, we are proud to be supporting Run the Blades through our National Funding Programme, helping events outside of the major cities and developing domestic tourism across Scotland”

– Paul Bush, Director of Events, VisitScotland.

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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 to find out more.

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