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Thank you for entering the Linn Park Centenary Trail Race.  We are so delighted to finally be bringing you a real race.  As in all walks/runs of life these days there are hoops to jump through, but it means we can get together and race, so let’s do this!!

Level 2 regs

The race is sold out, meaning we have a two wave start. Glasgow’s current Level 2 status only allows max of 50 runners per wave. Waves were seeded using the 5km time you submitted at registration.  Your wave details are below.

We do not make the rules, but it is paramount that we all abide by them.  We’ve been allowed to put this race on under very tight restrictions.  We want this to be the start of many, but it can only be so if we all comply.

When approaching the registration area, a face covering must be worn. We know its outside, but thems the rules,

Swapping race numbers has always been against the rules but is even more relevant with the current track and trace regs. Runners caught swapping race numbers will both be reported to their club, Scottish Athletics and barred from future Acorn Trails event.

Prior to your wave start, there will be a ‘holding area’. Whilst in this area, face covering must be worn, and social distance maintained.

Once you are finished, please do not gather at the finish line, spread out or move on.  The park is huge, the park is wonderful.  Use it.

Registration

Please ensure you are on time to register for your wave.

Wave 1 will register from 8.30am to 8.55am

Wave 2 will register from 9.00am to 9.25am.

The Google map on this link shows you the main features of the event.

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There is three good parking spots around the park. The car park off Netherlee Road is the closest to registration. Another car park at the golf club is a short walk through the park to the start area. There is also ample space to park along Lainshaw Drive near the cemetery and crematorium. Please do not park outside the houses on this road. We have advised the residents there that the event will not impact them. Please ensure it does not.

There is no parking available in the park. Please do no drive past the golf club. Access to the park is for residents, the stables and authorised users. We do not have permission for participants to have their cars in the park. Please do not jeopardise future events by ignoring this.

Start

Prior to your wave start time, you will be called from your wave holding area to the race start line.

Wave 1 will start at 9.15am

Wave 2 will start at 9.30am

Under Level 2, social distancing is not required during the race. Phew!

The race brief will be very brief to avoid extended time at the holding pen gathering! We wanted to tell you a little bit about the route though. There’s quite a bit of info but there’s so much to share. Get your feet up, rest those legs and enjoy!

WAVE DETAILS

Route

Click the map to find further details and download GPX

The route is designed to give you the best race experience we can offer! We’ll be showcasing Linn Park, taking in some of the Centenary trail and celebrating the work that the Friends of Linn Park (FoLP) continue to do to improve the park, as the strategic directions looks forward to the next 100 years!

Starting at the bottom of the meadow near the Halfpenny Bridge aka White Bridge, we’ll head up past the front of the stable and up onto the Wildlife Trail. This was created by FoLP with help from Kings Park Secondary, Netherlee and Merrylee Primary schools, and funded by Paths For All and FoLP.

Turning left, we head up the wildflower meadow and past wildlife pond created as a haven for newts, frogs and toads by FoLP. Down the zigzags, please stick to the path, no taking shortcuts! The path was created to reduce footpath erosion. Let’s not become part of the problem!

Hitting the road for a wee stretch, you’ll be angled onto the parallel path recently refurbished to allow pedestrians to walk without the hazard of traffic going to the residences and stables within the park.

Here we pick up the brand-new Centenary Trail. Installed to mark 100 years since Linn Park was formally opened on 2nd July 1921. The Centenary Trail finishes under the remains of Cathcart Castle, giving us a wee climb up the hill. You’ll love this!

Here we get onto the dirt again. Strava segment ‘The Dirty Back Passage’ done in reverse! Beware cycle traps and grumpy old folk!

Bringing us out at the golf club. Slight road crossing here. Behave. Listen to the marshals. The hi-viz heroes are in charge and have the full authority of the race director. Follow their instructions.

Up the main path, and up to the trig point. Well worth a look over your shoulder at this point. A great view across to the Campsies and beyond.

Down the through the narrow wood path, and into the Top Wood. Here we’ll head out of Linn Park for a wee sojourn into Castlemilk Woodlands and Netherton Braes. Again, there’s a road crossing here.  If the marshal tells you not to cross. DO NOT CROSS. We can stop runners but not traffic.

So onwards into the woods. You’re going to love this bit! A wee twisty climb (keep right, two-way traffic) and tree roots take you onto what I call the ‘Hobbit track’ – it reminds me of Lord of the Rings. Book not film. For me one of the highlights of the route.

Down the hill behind the cemetery, careful as you career through the ferns, there’s a left turn and drop to the right which will have the faster runners flailing arms to stay on the track.

Follow the well defined trail through the woods. Careful of deer cutting across the path! A steady down hill will bring you out at the ‘bailey bridge’, a short path past the gas workings, and you’ll be directed toward a wee set of steps. Upwards. Enjoy.

Water station at the top for a reason! Water will be provided in 7oz recyclable and compostable cups. Please leave your used cup at the water station for recycling.

The next section through the woods is occasionally used by mountain bikes. Beware. Signage will be in place to warn them you’re there. They’ve kindly been by recently and trimmed the low hanging new tree growth. Saved me a job!

A fast downhill, stay right, will see you return to the road crossing. Same rules apply!

Back into Linn Park, hang a left along the Ramloch Burn, cross the Crematorium road, and back along the burn to the confluence with the White Cart.

Follow the river back to the finish line.

Roughly 8km. Roughly 230m ascent. Roughly easy!

Finish Line

Upon crossing the line, you will be offered a snack, water and a wee gift from the Friends of Linn Park.

Please keep moving and don’t linger.

The race will be manually timed, results will be ready as soon as possible. Asking doesn’t make them appear any faster!

Any merchandise you ordered will be sent out directly.

As much as we’d love you all to hang around at the finish, we’re not allowed to encourage this. Please clear the race area as soon as possible.

Hi-viz heroes

These amazing folks have given up their Sunday morning so you can race. Show them how grateful you are. A smile, a wave, a thumbs up, a wee gasped thanks – all these things are appreciated by these people. Without them there is no event.

Abuse of any marshal will not be tolerated. The hi-viz heroes have the full backing and authority of the race director.

First Aid

First Aid will be available from trained staff. Minor bumps and grazes can be fixed by some marshals on the route. A fully qualified medic will be available at race control.

Water

As mentioned a water station is on the route at approx 5km. The forecast is quite warm. Please bear this in mind and consider bringing your own as well.

Bag drop

A bag drop will be available at the finish/start. It’s not a huge thing. Don’t bring a massive bag. All gear is left at owners risk.

Event Merch

This is custom made to order. Given the short timescales we had from permission received to raceday, it isn’t possible to have this available on race day.

Merchandise will be sent to your home address. Medals and apparel are different suppliers so will arrive separately.


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