Run the Borders


Run the Borders is Breaking Strain's newest trail race. Visiting the heartland of the Scottish Borders, runners and walkers will take to the Borders Abbey Way to complete the 109km loop as individuals, teams or a relay of four. Starting by the home of Melrose Rugby, The Greenyards, the circular route links the historic Borders rugby towns of Melrose, Kelso, Jedburgh, Hawick and Selkirk (sorry Gala and Peebles, we know!).

So what to expect from the route? With as little as 25% on tarmac, on the full loop, the route passes the Scottish Borders four ruined abbeys: Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh and follows the banks of the River Tweed, Teviot and Jed Water as well as traversing higher ground especially on the second half of the route. This might not be the Highlands, so maybe you think you're in for an easy ride, but there's still almost 1900 metres of ascent.  However, with generous cut offs (we had to add some for this one as we all need to get back for work on Monday), 9-10 checkpoints along the way, robust route signage, friendly marshals and volunteers, with the option to run in a relay or walk the route, we want to make Run the Borders accessible to as wide a range of fitness and experience levels.


Run the Borders Events

Full 109K

Saturday 24th August 2024 - 06:00 HRS

You'll start from the Greenyards in Melrose, and will follow the Borders Abbey Way in a clockwise direction. Passing abbeys, rivers and rolling hills we'll see you back in Melrose for a hero's welcome. 

Time Limit: 27 hours  

Price: £100 

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Saturday 24th August 2024 - 06:00 HRS

Starting alongside those taking on the full route, the 50K can either be run or walked and passes all four of the route's ruined abbeys. Finishing at Jedburgh you'll be able to reflect on a job well done.

Time limit: 12 hours

Price: £46 

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Relay 109K

Saturday 24th August 2024 - 06:00 HRS

In a relay team of four you'll take on the full Borders Abbey Way route. You'll be transported to your respective start points via bus where you'll wait for your team mate to tag you in.

Time limit: 27 hours

Price: £120 

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Walking Challenge (Teams of 4)

Saturday 24th August 2024 - 06:00
If you fancy a slightly slower pace, why not enter the walking challenge which covers the same route but gives you an extra nine hours to do it in (36 hours). You can chose to make your miles count by fundraising for one of our chosen charities (entry cost is lower if you're fundraising).

Time limit: 36 hours

Price: £200-£400

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Event Info

  • Date

    Saturday 24th - Sunday 25th August 2024.

  • Time

    Everyone starts together at 06:00. We're chip timed so we'll have event waves to avoid clogging the trails .

  • Price

    See individual races for prices. We'll have Early Bird entries which will last until the 31st March when the price will then rise.

  • Accessibility

    We aim to create accessible events. Our cut offs for Run the Borders are pretty generous for each of the distances. If you're running the full route, either alone or as part of the relay, you have 27 hours (it equates to 4km an hour - or just under 2.5 mph). If you're walking you have 36 hours (approximately 3km an hour) and if you're doing the 50K then you have 10 hours to complete this in (5km an hour).

  • The trail

    The event is held on the Borders Abbey Way which is one of Scotland's Great Trails. A 108km circuit through historic Borders towns featuring the magnificent ruined abbeys of Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh.

  • Registration

    Registration for the race will take place next to the Greenyards in Melrose both the night prior to the event and in the morning before the start (although we'd rather be in our beds).

  • Transport to the event

    There is parking available within the town of Melrose. We're currently in discussions to see whether we can put on designated parking near the start. The train from Edinburgh terminates at Tweedbank, which is a 30 minute walk to the start.

  • 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 head torch, foil blanket and a water bottle.

  • Checkpoints

    There will be 9-10 checkpoints on the full route. Four of these will be fully stocked with food and the others will act as water stops/aid stations.

  • Routes

    All routes follow the Borders Abbey Way which is waymarked route. We'll supplement the signage with our own yellow and black signage as usual.

  • Goody Bag

    Everyone loves a goody bag and we're no different. This will include a medal, water and selected food items.

  • Prize

    1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female for each distance will receive a trophy and prize money.


Run the Blades
Volunteer for us.

If you volunteer for us at Run the Borders we’ll give you a free entry to Run the Blades (either in advance or in 2025)! You’ll also get a crew garment and a packed lunch. 

Contact to find out more.