Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone Run the Blades from its original date in mid-July until 30 October-1 November 2020. This year the normal Run the Blades weekend will also incorporate our normal Run the Blades – The Night One to offer as many opportunities for people to run as possible. This will take place on the Friday evening with the existing 10K, normally held on the Friday evening, now moving to the Sunday with the 50K and Half Marathon remaining on the Saturday

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. 2018’s event 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.

Enter Run the Blades 2020

Run the Blades Events

The Night One 10K

Friday 30th October 2020 – 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.

Price: £25 (Early Bird: £22)

Route details

50K Ultra

Saturday 31st October 2020 – 07:30 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

Route details

Half Marathon

Saturday 31st October 2020 – 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

Route details


Sunday 1st November 2020 – 10:00 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

Route details
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Whitelee Windfarm
Moor Road
G76 0QQ

Event Info

  • Date

    Friday 30th October (in the evening), Saturday 31st October 2020 & Sunday 1st November

  • Price

    Early bird will be open for the first two weeks after launch (ends 23 September) 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).

  • Time

    The Night One will take place on Friday evening; the half marathon and 50K ultra will start on Saturday morning with the 10K on the Sunday morning. See times for each event above.

  • 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 four 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.

  • 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.

Enter Run the Blades 2020
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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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