Entries open for Goatfell hill race

Runners set off at the start of last year’s Goatfell hill race.

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Online entries to take part in the annual Goatfell hill race are now open with the popular event scheduled to take place on Saturday May 16.

Organised by Peter Mackie of Shettleston Harriers, the event is restricted to 200 participants with 47 runners already securing their place.

The gruelling challenge, which is incorporated as a Scottish Athletics 2020 Western District championship race, covers a distance of 15.5km and 870m of ascent. The race starts at Ormidale Pavilion at noon and the first participants start returning approximately an hour and a quarter later.

The course record holders are Murray Strain, who completed the race in 2017 with a time of 1.12.11, and, in the female category, Angela Mudge achieved the current record of 1.26.21 in 2001.

Following the race a very brief prize-giving was held – as competitors rush to make the 4.40pm ferry – and prizes are awarded in age categories, first team of three, and a special prize for the first local.

The entry fee is £12 and all competitors must be at least 18 years of age. Runners must also carry mandatory safety gear and are expected to abide by the Scottish Hill Runners safety rules.

Entries for the event can be made online at SiEntries.co.uk with entries closing on Saturday May 2. Further information about the race can be found at shettlestonharriers.org.uk and safety guidelines can be found at https://www.scottishhillrunners.uk