***NEW DATE FOR 2022: 15-17 July 2022 (ENTRIES OPEN LATE 2021)***
Since the first Run the Blades in 2015, RTB has grown to become 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 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.
Run the Blades Events
Run the Blades
Friday 3rd (in the evening) – Sunday 5th September 2021
10K = £25, Half Marathon = £30, 50K = £37.
We aim to create accessible events. The Visitor Centre is on one level with accessible entrances, disabled toilets and parking available. Drop firstname.lastname@example.org an email with your requirements.
Whitelee Wind Farm (20 minutes SW of central Glasgow).
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 so please ensure you enter your correct address.
See times for each event above. These may be subject to change prior to launch.
There is designated parking on-site for all three events.
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.
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 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.
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 for C
As part of our ongoing commitment to make Run the Blades more sustainable, this year we are planting 400 trees in the Campbell Hunter Woodland instead of offering a race t-shirt to competitors (which often are never worn).
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.
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.
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.
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