Clyde Stride Ultra Marathon
The Clyde Stride 40 Mile Ultra Marathon was run for the first time in 2010. It was created especially for the Scottish Ultra Marathon Series and was the sixth race of the series.
The Stride provides the opportunity to race along one of Scotland’s most accessible pathways. It follows the course of the River Clyde from the centre of Glasgow through Hamilton, Strathclyde Park and Lanark. It passes the attractions of Bothwell Castle and woods, the David Livingstone Centre, Strathclyde Country Park, the Palace Grounds and Mausoleum at Hamilton, and the Barons Haugh Nature Reserve to end at the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage village of New Lanark.
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What is it?
A 40-mile ultra-marathon along the stunning Clyde Walkway. The race starts near to Partick train station, and finishes at New Lanark
There is also a 4-person relay event. Teams can be male/female/non-binary/mixed but must contain 4 people. You may also want to include a driver.
When is it?
The 2021 event will be the 10th edition of the Clyde Stride Ultra Marathon. It will be run on 24th July 2021
Entry is via EntryCentral – www.entrycentral.com/acorntrails
There are 100 open places. If we receive more demand, then the entries will be drawn at random in a ballot. There will be other entry options – competition wins, event partners, charity spots. Keep your eye on our social media for information regarding those.
There are 25 relay teams available – should demand require, this will also go to ballot. In keeping with the tradition of the Scottish Ultra scene, teams with boring names will likely be excluded from the ballot! You have been warned!
The entry system opens on 28th February at 8pm and will remain open for 7 days, closing at 12pm on 7th March. The ballot will be drawn after this date if it is required
How much is it?
Entry will be £30/£32 (affiliated/non). £5 of the entry fee will be donated to Scottish Autism.
No payment will be taken at the time of entry. All successful entries will be held on a waiting list until such time as we can guarantee the event will be allowed to proceed. Many of the necessary steps to organise the event are unable to be confirmed at this stage due to current restrictions.
We are opening the entries to ensure successful entrants have the required time to prepare and train for the event. An ultra-marathon is no small undertaking, and training should be taken seriously.
What is included?
Your entry fee includes a donation to Scottish Autism, chip timing, professional event finish photo (free to download from Mick Hall Photos), drop bags carried to the check points, first aid cover for the event and our amazing race team there to support and encourage you all day. There is also soup and roll for all runners at the finish line.
Optional extras at sign up include additional donation to Scottish Autism, plant a tree in the Scottish Highlands rewilding project, a technical or cotton t-shirt, a hoody, a buff or a medal. As part of Acorn Trails’ environmental commitment these items are not given out as standard reducing the amount of t-shirts, medal etc that go to waste, stuffed in a drawer etc. Click the link to read more about how ‘We Care‘
What is the route?
The Clyde Walkway is already clearly waymarked. We will add additional race signage where necessary to assist you on your way. As a simple guide, follow the river!
There has never been a definitive race route due to the number of various diversions put in place over the years. Below is a link to a GPX file which is the current proposed route for 2021. This will be tweaked as and where required before race day. We will publish a GPX file with the race brief before the event.
There will be 4 check points on the route for ultra-runners. This is a change from previous. Further details will be available nearer the race date. This is one of those areas where permissions are still pending due to the ongoing restrictions.
There will be 3 change over points for the relay teams. The leg structure and distance are likely to be different from previous. Further details will be available nearer the race date. This is one of those areas where permissions are still pending due to the ongoing restrictions.
Are there prizes?
We are proud to partner with Migo Sports to provide prizes. These will be in the form of Migo Sports vouchers available to spend in store or online.
Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each gender category (male/female/non-binary)
1st – £250 voucher
2nd – £100 voucher
3rd – £50 voucher
There will also be age category prizes for age 50+ and 60+ for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
1st – £100 voucher
2nd – £50 voucher
3rd – £25 voucher
Relay prizes will be awarded to the first team in each category (male/female/non-binary/mixed)
1st – £100 voucher
Prizes will only be awarded in contested categories.
There will also be spot prizes give out at the discretion of the race team.
These will be updated as we go….
Can I run with poles? No, this event will be licensed under a Scottish Athletics permit which does not allow for poles.
Can I run with my dog? No, this event will be licensed under a Scottish Athletics permit which does not allow for dogs.
Can I have my dog/child at the finish line? It may be possible to have your child/dog join you along the finish straight at New Lanark. They make good photos eh?
Can I run with my child/buggy? No, this event will be licensed under a Scottish Athletics permit which does not allow for children/buggies. There is an age entry limit of 21 years old on race day
Is there a time limit? The race has a generous 10 hour cut off. We will not pull you from the course, but your time will not be recorded on the results, where you will appear as a DNF.
What are the course records? The female record is held by Lucy Culqohuon in 05:18:00 (2011). The male record is held by James Stewart in 04:39:40 (2015). There is currently no non-binary record recorded. If a previous set record is broken, then there will be spot prize of £100 Migo Sports voucher
How do I get back? There is a train station in Lanark, about a mile from New Lanark. In “normal times” the New Lanark Visitor Centre has a bus shuttle service. We are not aware of the status of this service for 2021. Trains link direct to Glasgow, and onto Partick.
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