Beach Ballistic

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Fronting the North Sea, this route capitalises on nature’s obstacles as well as man-made ones. Runners will navigate a unique dune system, take a dip in the sea and crawl, slide, climb and hang their way through a gruelling 8, 16 or 32k. Take part to make memories and bonds that’ll last a lifetime.
16k Beach Ballistic, 8k Beach Ballistic, and 32k Ultra Beach
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Sat, 6 Aug 2022 - Sun, 7 Aug 2022
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Balmedie, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Balmedie Country Park, Balmedie, Aberdeen AB23 8XG, UK
Start times
Sat, 6 Aug 2022
32k Ultra Beach:
9:15am |
16k Beach Ballistic:
Sun, 7 Aug 2022
8k Beach Ballistic:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Beach Ballistic
8k Beach Ballistic
£25.00 - £39.98
16k Beach Ballistic
1 Loop
£50.00 - £54.98
32k Ultra Beach
2 Loops
£55.00 - £59.98
Route information
The vast grounds of Balmedie Country Park play host to Scotland's one and only beach-based OCR. Participants can choose between tackling the 16k, or the even more challenging 32k Ultra Beach course. Both races are 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.
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What's included
  • Beach Ballistic Finisher's medal
  • Goody Bag
  • Food Voucher to use at venue
  • Toilets
  • Secure bag drop
  • Water stations
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Finisher's Medal
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How to get there
Balmedie Country Park, Balmedie, Aberdeen AB23 8XG, UK
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By Car
Balmedie Country Park, is approximately 20 minutes drive north of Aberdeen on the A90, and 25 minutes drive north east from Aberdeen International Airport on the B977.
By Bus
Regular buses leave from Aberdeen bus station which is adjacent to the train station on Guild Street.
Event day logistics
09:15 32k Ultra Beach starts
09:30 16k Elite Wave starts
09:45 16k Main Wave 1 starts
10:00 16k Main Wave 2 starts
10:15 16k Main Wave 3 starts
10:00 8k Wave 1 starts
10:15 8k Wave 2 starts
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.
Booking Protection
You have to option to protect your booking in case you are unable to attend the event. This protection covers the following events:
  • Public transport / mechanical disruption
  • Personal / family member injury (inc pre-existing)
  • Death for (purchaser / family member)
  • Jury service
  • Redundancy / relocation
  • Burglary / fire
  • Armed forces protection
  • Adverse weather which prevents you from using your entry
Please select the ticket with Booking Protection to enable this cover.
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Spectator Info
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.
What to bring
As with any obstacle course there are some items of kit that will help make the race a little more comfortable.
  • No loose shoes as they as may come off during obstacles
  • Avoid cotton
  • Running 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
Will there be a bag drop 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.
Will there be parking at the Beach Ballistic?
Yes, Balmedie Country Park offers ample parking which will be close to the Event Pavilion.
4 reviews
Did the 16k Beach Ballistic in 2019
Very tough race, particularly with most of the course being on sand, with quite a few sand dunes to contend with. Good mix of obstacles. Great race
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 experienceThere 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.
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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