ANNOUNCEMENT - February 2021
As organisers of the Kirkcudbright Academy Half Marathon, 10k, Walk, and Fun Run, we have been carefully considering whether holding this event would be sensible and responsible on its usual date on a Saturday in late May 2021.
We are closely following advice from the Scottish Government and Scottish Athletics, and Richard, as a runner, and myself are desperate to put on the event, to raise funds for the Academy and also to give participants something to look forward to.
But we are conscious of the risks of coronavirus to the competitors, the supporters, the organisers, and the wider community of Kirkcudbright, and while the progress of the vaccination programme is extremely positive, we continue to be unclear on when events such as ours will be considered safe for all.
So at this point we have decided, in consultation with the Academy, to not hold the event in its usual format, in May 2021..
We’ll update this announcement as soon as we have more news to give you, but in the meantime, hope many of you are continuing to get outside and keeping fit.
Richard Nash, Race Director
Liz Kettle, Event Coordinator and Kirkcudbright Academy Parent Council Chair
New in 2019!!
For added safety due to the increased volume of traffic over the years we have a new route for the half marathon race/walk. We also have a new race - the 10K - which takes the place of the 'Beeches Run' - which now allows those aged 15+ to take part. Starting and finishing at Kirkcudbright Academy, the Half Marathon route takes in the scenic sights around Kirkcudbright town before heading out of town along the 'Beeches' road to complete a small loop around Twynholm. Runners then proceed south to take in the picturesque views of the Solway Estuary before heading back north beside Kirkcudbright Bay. The finish is a short route through the west side of the town to the finish line at the school. The 10km route follows the same half marathon route through the town at the start but splits to head south along the west side of Kirkcudbright Bay. It turns around at 7kms to head back into Kirkcudbright and the finish. Water stops will be approximately every 5kms.
We are also pleased to host the 1.2 mile Fun Run. This is open to all Primary School children and Academy pupils up to S3. Entry is on the day from 9am at the Academy field. Entry fee £2.50 - accompanying adults entry free. Race stewards will be in place around the course to guide runners. A map of the fun run route is below
The school has toilets, changing and shower facilities. There is no secure storage for baggage, although items can be left in the school hall at your own risk. We would recommend leaving no valuables in your bags. Around the finish area there will be various stalls/entertainment and food available whilst seeing your fellow competitors complete their event. Please ensure that you dispose of any rubbish in the bins provided around the site. This is essential to maintain the goodwill and support of the School and their Janitors.
The races are under UK Athletic Rules and Scottish Athletics Licenced - Licence number 10678. The course has now been officially measured - final route maps as below. Please - NO headphones while running for safety during this road race, and NO dogs running.
Half Marathon Route
The new HM route - but the fun loop at Twynholm is still there!
The new 10K for 2019 - this replaces the 'Beeches Run' or 11.2K
The Fun Run