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. 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


Friday 17th July 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

Half Marathon

Saturday 18th July 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 (Early Bird: £27)

Route details

50K Ultra

Saturday 18th July 2020 – 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
Run the Blades

Whitelee Windfarm
Moor Road
G76 0QQ

Event Info

  • Date

    Friday 17th and Saturday 18th July 2020

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

  • Parking

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

  • Mandatory Kit

    Mobile phone (to call the Race Director) in case of emergency, foil blanket. 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.

  • 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.

  • Goody Bag

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

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 or  call 0131 2856170 to find out more.

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