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Two new Winter events to Glentress Forest, in the beautiful Scottish Borders. Perhaps more renowned for its mountain biking, Glentress offers a superb array of forest trails, making it a fantastic location for trail running. The area features mile upon mile of waymarked trails including forest walks, woodland singletrack and heather clad moorland. Situated between the small Borders towns of Peebles and Innerleithen and just one hour away from Edinburgh, the location is second to none. Two distances to choose from. 18/19 November.

The 21k course features a fantastic variety of terrain from hard-packed gravel trails to twisting forest singletrack ... not to mention an exhillarating descent on the Black graded MTB route... This amazing course offers something for everyone. The Glentress night trail run is open to all abilities of runners. You will be tackling some of the amazing trails that Glentress Forest has to offer in the dark.

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3 Reviews
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Gareth T
"12.1 miles not 13.1 but it was much harder than a normal half..."


Andy D
"Awesome run. Not too sure if it was actually 21km though.It might be useful to..."
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How to enter the Glentress Winter Trail Races

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    Half Marathon

    Running: Run 21km, N/a
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    Running: Run 10km, N/a
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Glentress Winter Trail Races routes


A challenging but rewarding route incorporating a superb variety of terrain, with exhilarating descents & an abundance of fantastic singletrack trails to keep you on your toes…this amazing course ofers something for everyone. A ‘slightly’ different route to the February 21k…

Route Description:

Starting from the Glentress Peel visitor centre the intitial section features parts of the waymarked walking trails including the Glen Trail alongside Glentress Burn, linking in with Buzzard’s Nest Trail, which winds through the magnificent Douglas firs. Then it’s onto the Time Trail which passes the fortified iron age settlements offering superb views across the valley high above Peebles.

A great undulating singletrack through the tall pines leads onto a more continous climb up to Soonhope Craig. The forest opens up here with fantastic panoramic views as the trail winds it’s way up the heather clad hillside.

A section following the Tower walking trail gives a brief descent into the forest before a continuous ‘roller coaster’ section of singletrack weaves along the slopes of Middle Hill. A series of switchbacks climbs high to the upper reaches of Glentress Forest, offering more great views.

The high point of the course is reached at the mast at Dunslair Heights (600m). Enjoy a well deserved refreshment stop here & relish the thought that most of the climbing is done now & it’s now time to get the adrenaline going on the exhilarating descent of the Black graded mtb trail…

The course rejoins the forest road soon after ‘Leithen Door’, following the forest roads for a few kilometres before rejoining the Buzzard’s Nest Trail. Finish with another exhilarating descent back to the Peel Centre trailhead…


The course features a fantastic variety of terrain including hard packed gravel trails to twisting forest singletrack…not to mention an exhillarating descent on the Black graded MTB route…this amazing course ofers something for everyone.

Ascent:  574m/1883′      Descent:  594m/1948′

Please note: Sections of this route are on the black MTB trail which the Forestry Commission have given permission to use for the duration of the race. However we do not advise you to run this at other times when mountain bikes will be using the trail.

Event Details

What’s Included

Registration: This will be on the Saturday morning between 0730-0930 . Registration is to be based from Glentress Peel café at the Glentress visitor centre. The cafe will be open early for the event.

Kit List

-Full WATERPROOF body cover (top & bottoms) with taped seams (windproof is not
-Hat, Gloves & Whistle
-Emergency foil blanket or bivi bag
-Mobile phone fully charged

Recommended Kit:
– Suitable trail running shoes are strongly recommended/essential.
-First aid kit to include: blister plasters/1 large sterile wound dressing/bandage or tape to secure dressing
-Thermal clothing
-Sufficient energy food & fluid: Ensure you carry sufficient personal nutrition & drinks with you for the full route & do not rely on the hydration/feed stations as your only supply. Please note this is a minimal requirement & it is important that you are prepared for the conditions that may be encountered. THIS IS FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY. We understand that you may not necessarily need to use this kit whilst running but it is
essential that you are prepared for the eventualities that could occur. Random kit checks will also be in place throughout the event. Any participant not carrying the required mandatory equipment will be disqualified.

Glentress 10km Night Trail Race – Kit List:
All participants must run with a working headtorch & spare batteries. We strongly recommend that 10k participants dress appropriately for the conditions with suitable clothing & footwear. The above kit list is highly recommended.


Facilities: on site cafe, changing, toilets, showers, on site accommodation (Glentress Forest Lodges offer offer Wigwams, camping and camper van parking) If you need any further information on accommodation please email.

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Our events cover a multitude of outdoor activities over all terrain, amidst some of the most spectacular scenery Britain has to offer. We appeal not only to seasoned athletes who relish a challenge, but to anyone who loves the outdoors, at any level of fitness or ability.



Glentress Winter Trail Races reviews (3)

4.6 out of 5 stars

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  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    12.1 miles not 13.1 but it was much harder than a normal half marathon
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Awesome run. Not too sure if it was actually 21km though.It might be useful to clarify how finish positions are defined, ie - by chip time or finish position. My brother, for example, finished 5 seconds behind someone, but he had started about 20 seconds behind him, yet my brother was given a lower position.If he'd known, he probably would have pushed to the front of the start line.
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    Yes it is all uphill to start !!!
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