Race Across Scotland

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Take on the adventure of a lifetime as you run from coast to coast. Carving your way along Scotland's most Impeccable roads, trails, and paths you will encounter some of the most breathtaking views and tough climbs. Sign up for an unforgettable challenge, this route will not disappoint.
215 miles
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Sat, 12 Aug 2023
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Portpatrick, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Portpatrick Village Hall, 2-1 Welsh Pl, Portpatrick, Stranraer DG9 8TZ, UK
Start times
Sat, 12 Aug 2023
215 miles:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Race Across Scotland
215 miles
Route information
Terrain: Trails
Elevation: +7,218m / -7,120m
With challenging trails, breathtaking views and 215 miles, this multi-terrain Ultra is something to be embraced. Whether it is going for a good time or just wanting to finish this challenge in one piece, it will be worth it. This route will include plenty of hills, as you race from one side of Scotland to the other.
There will be plenty of checkpoints throughout so make sure to stop, refuel and recharge.
Checkpoint Locations:
  • Checkpoint 1 – 13 Miles. Castle Kennedy Fuel Station, DG9 8RY. NX10830 59755
  • Checkpoint 2 – 22 Miles. New Luce, DG8 0NB. NX19075 64985
  • Emergency Shelter – 27 Miles – Beehive Bothy, Kilgallioch Windfarm
  • Checkpoint 3 – 45 Miles. Glentrool Village Hall, DG8 6SY. NX35865m 78428
  • Emergency Shelter – 54 Miles – White Laggan Mountain Bothy – Loch Dee
  • Checkpoint 4 – 67 Miles - St Johns Town of Dalry Village Hall, Ayr Road, DG7 3SW. NX61895 81190
  • Emergency Shelter – 85 Miles – Chalk Memorial Bothy – Poleskeoch
  • Checkpoint 5 – 93 Miles. Sanquhar Community Centre, Station Road, Sanquhar, DG4 6BT
  • Checkpoint 6 – 101 Miles. Wanlockhead Community Centre, Church Street, ML12 6UT. NS87400 12950
  • Checkpoint 7 – 121 Miles. Beattock Village Hall, Craigielands Village, DG10 9QZ. NT07935 02295.
  • Emergency Shelter – 132 Miles – Over Phawhope Bothy
  • Checkpoint 8 – 138 Miles. Boston Memorial Hall, Scabcleuch, Ettrick, Selkirk, TD7 5JB
  • Checkpoint 9 – 164 Miles. Fairnilee Hut, Beside the River Tweed, B7060, Approx TD1 3PR/TD1 3PP. NT45875 32580
  • Checkpoint 10 – 182 Miles. Lauder Public Hall, The Avenue, Lauder, Approx Postcode TD2 6SR. NT53050 47670.
  • Checkpoint 11 – 196 Miles. The Watch Fishery Lodge, Longformacus, Near Duns, TD11 3PG
  • Finish – 215 Miles – Cockburnspath Village Hall, Callander Place, TD13 5XY. NT77363 71195.
What's included
  • Finisher's Race Across Scotland 215 Mile Buckle
  • Live Online GPS tracking
  • Waymarked trail following one of Scotland's Greatest Trails, the Southern Upland Way
  • 11 Checkpoints Supporting the runners across Scotland
  • Single stage continuous race over 100 hours to complete the trail
  • Scenery, history, Galloway Forest, rivers and mountain valleys, you'll feel the wilderness but we'll be close by to support your race!
  • Stunning route steeped in history
  • The Race Across Scotland 215 Mile (7th Edition)
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How to get there
Portpatrick Village Hall, 2-1 Welsh Pl, Portpatrick, Stranraer DG9 8TZ, UK
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By Car
Participants must not drive when finished and must make suitable arrangements for transport after the event.
Event day logistics
17:00 - 21:00pm Bib number collection, drop bags handed in
04:30 - 05:45 GB Race Tracker Collection, Dropbags and Bib number collection
*06:00 Race starts
11:51 Checkpoint 1 cut-off time
15:54 Checkpoint 2 cut-off time
02:15 Checkpoint 3 cut-off time
12:09 Checkpoint 4 cut-off time
23:51 Checkpoint 5 cut-off time
03:27 Checkpoint 6 cut-off time
12:27 Checkpoint 7 cut-off time
22:21 Checkpoint 8 cut-off time
07:48 Checkpoint 9 cut-off time
15:54 Checkpoint 10 cut-off time
22:39 Checkpoint 11 cut-off time
10:00 Finish cut-off time
Eligibility Criteria
All entrants are required to have the following medical form filled out by their doctor stating that they are in good health and that there is no known medical reason why you should not compete.See Here.ExternalLink
Age Requirements
All entrants must be the age of 20 or older.
Rest Venues
  • To ensure that every runner is looked after and accounted for sleep is only permitted at Village Halls, Designated Venues & Checkpoints, or at Support Vehicles.
Bag Drop
Runners can use drop bags at Checkpoints 4, 7 and 9. Please check the following requirements for the size of each bag:
  • Checkpoint 4: St John's of Dalry - Maximum 40cm x 35cm x 40cm (L x W x H) – Small/Medium Pack Up to 30 Litre
  • Checkpoint 7: Beattock Village Hall – Maximum 40cm x 35cm x 40cm (L x W x H) – Small/Medium Pack Up to 30 Litre
  • Checkpoint 9: Fairnilee Hut – Max 35cm x 25cm x 20cm (L x W x H) – Small/Medium Pack Up to 20 – 25 Litre
  • Finish line: Medium Holdall
Runners are self-sufficient between checkpoints but are allowed a Support Crew from Glentrool (Checkpoint 3) onwards.
  • If you see a runner in difficulty please inform a marshal, each runner will be provided with a HQ mobile number on their bib.
  • No roads are closed so be careful at times when crossing roads.
  • There are certain sections that lead onto country road, and/or road crossings – due to the length of the route – it won’t be possible to marshal a 200 mile route. It is the role of the entrant to be self-sufficient.
  • If in danger medical staff will be dispatched immediately but may not be able to get to you within 4 hours due to trails
  • Please only use your phone if an emergency has arose to conserve battery
  • Participants who help other fallen participants may be able to claim back time
  • Participants must not drive directly after the event, make sensible arrangements
Kit List
Mandatory Kit
  • Hardcopy Southern Upland Way Map
  • Waterproof coat with sealed seams minimum 10,000mm,
  • Base plate Compass
  • Long Sleeved Base layer (kept in a drybag separate from Starting kit)
  • Whistle
  • Water bottle or bladder minimum 1 litre capacity
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Survival/thermal Bag or Bivvy bag
  • Headtorch
  • Water purification tablets or Filter
  • Backup lightsource
  • 'Emergency' Food Rations (500 Calories)
  • GPS Tracker (Provided by GB Race Tracker Prior to the Race)
Recommended Kit
  • GPS Handheld device
  • Gloves
  • Insect repellant
  • Tick remover
  • Electrolytes/S-caps
  • First aid kit
What is the eligibility requirements for the Race Across Scotland?
All participants must be over the age of 20 and must have a medical certificate filled out by their doctor (see race logistics to download the form). Alternatively follow this link: https://www.gbultras.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Medical-Certificate-RAS.pdf
When does the Race Across Scotland start?
The Race Across Scotland starts at 6:00am, make sure to arrive between 4:00am and 5:30am to register for the event and collect your GPS tracker.
What is the cut-off time for the Race Across Scotland
You will have 100 hours to complete this race, it will end at 10:00am on the Wednesday.
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