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Compete in Scotland's only beach-based OCR course in the Beach Ballistic event. Test your stamina, strength, and mental fortitude as you choose to tackle 8K, 16K or 32K of gruelling obstacles in the stunning setting of Balmedie Country Park & have the chance to qualify for the OCR World Champs.

Review summary

3 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Lizbeth S
"Did find it challenging but got awful tired of running up so much sand..."


Michael C
"Enjoyed the experience<br />There was a long stretch of running on sand that..."


Peter Dragee.
"It was too easy. Not going to do it again. Everyone taking part were not funny..."
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How to enter the Beach Ballistic

  1. 32K Ultra Beach

    Run 32km
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  2. 16K Beach Ballistic

    Run 16km
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  3. 8K Beach Ballistic

    Run 8km
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Beach Ballistic routes

The vast grounds of Balmedie Country Park play host to Scotland's one and only beach-based OCR. Participants can choose between tackling the 8K, 16K, or the absolute monster 32K Ultra Beach course, all packed with extreme obstacles that will be sure to test your grit, wit, and your fortitude, both mental and physical.

Obstacles are set to take advantage of the unique surroundings, and include traversing the unique dune system, taking a dip in the chilly North Sea, among others where climbing, carrying, crawling, and wading are essential skills to complete the course.

Beach Ballistic is also one of only two World and European Championship Qualifying courses in Scotland. Competitors taking part in the 16K and 32K challenges will have the opportunity to qualify.


The 32K course held on Saturday will be 2 laps of the 16K course. The course features 28 obstacles, all of which will have to be completed twice in the fastest time possible to qualify for the World Championships.


The 16K course also held on Saturday will be 1 lap of the 28 obstacle course. There will be multiple start waves to account for varying speeds and abilities around the course.


The 8K event is the perfect event for newcomers to OCR, or seasoned veterans looking to push their speed to the limit. This event will be held on Sunday, and is open to competitors 11+ years of age.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Beach Ballistic Finisher's medal
  • Goody Bag
  • Food Voucher to use at venue
  • Toilets
  • Secure bag drop.
  • Water points throughout the race.
  • Raceday Logistics



    09:15: 32K Ultra Beach Starts

    09:30: 16K Elite Wave Start

    09:45: 16K Main Wave 1 Start

    10:00: 16K Main Wave 2 Start

    10:15: 16K Main Wave 3 Start


    10:00: 8K Elite Wave & 8K Kids Wave Start

    10:15: 8K Main Wave Start


    The 16K and 32K courses will be qualification courses for the OCR World & European Championships.

    All three courses are timed with mandatory obstacles. If an obstacle is not completed, there will be timed physical exercise penalties.

    Kit List

    As with any obstacle course there are some items of kit that will help make the race a little more comfortable.

  • Wear the right shoes
  • Avoid cotton
  • Wear good socks
  • Tight moisture wicking shirts
  • Wear shorts or tights that will stay up
  • Gloves for the cold and heat
  • No hats or jewellery
  • Compression gear (great for cramping)
  • A change of clothes and a bag for the dirty ones.
  • Sunscreen
  • Spectators

    Spectators are welcome to cheer on all the athletes along the race course, just as long as they don't get in the way of the racing or climb on any of the obstacles.

    The Beach Ballistic wouldn’t be possible without a team of amazing volunteers, they are a vital part of the day and they are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated people to help make both race days awesome.

    All volunteers will receive a free lunch at catering, as well as a lunchpack to sustain them out on the course throughout the day.

    Interested in being a volunteer? [email protected]

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Will there be a bag check available at the Beach Ballistic?
    Yes, all participants will be able to store their bag by the start line.
    What are the age cut-offs for the Beach Ballistic?
    Competitors must be at least 16+ to compete in the 32K or 16K events. For the 8K event, competitors will be split into two groups - 11-15yrs, and 16+.
    Will there be parking at the Beach Ballistic?
    Yes, Balmedie Country Park offers ample parking which will be close to the Event Pavilion.

    Beach Ballistic weather forecast

    Clear throughout the day.

    Predicted highs
    Predicted lows
    IconModerate breeze possible, up to 17mph

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    Beach Ballistic reviews (3)

    3.2 out of 5 stars

    • Course
    • Organisation
    • Atmosphere
    • Did the 8K Beach Ballistic in 2019

      Did find it challenging but got awful tired of running up so much sand dunes.will be better prepared next time
    • Did the 16K Beach Ballistic in 2019

      Enjoyed the experience
      There was a long stretch of running on sand that could have been broken up with obstacles.
      Some queuing at the start (first few obstacles) but no queuing at the rest of the obstacles.
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      Peter Dragee

      Did the 32K Ultra Beach in 2019

      It was too easy. Not going to do it again. Everyone taking part were not funny and they made me feel left out and different.
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