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An amazing trail running experience in Scotland’s Tweed Valley

Tweed Valley Trail Run

Saturday 1 October 2022

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A beautiful trail run, with a choice of daytime or night-time starts (or better, both). Friendly vibes, local food and drink, and a grand afterparty – there’s no event like it!

Born from the same DNA as the Tunnel Trail Run, this is a new event from the award-winning events team at Hillside Outside. You’ll run on beautiful riverside paths, through nature-filled woodlands, and up onto the hills with fabulous views of the Tweed Valley below, in all its autumn splendour. Unique to this event, we’ll be creating a woodland tunnel of lights to keep the tradition of the Tunnel Run shining bright.

You can run in the daylight or into the autumnal evening darkness (with a headtorch!) – or both. So whether you’re a night owl or an early bird, we’ve got you covered. Join us during the day (20km, 10km, 5km) or run into the sunset for the Nightfall 10km. Fancy a challenge? Why not do day and night. Just make sure you’re back in time for the afterparty so we can hear all your twilight tales.

The event HQ is in Peebles, full of festival vibes with great local food stands and hot drinks.

Don’t miss the Tweed Valley Trail Run Afterparty to end the day in suitable style – with beers, banter and dancing! Perfect for recovering legs.

Tweed Valley Trail Run camping (TBC), after party tickets and T-shirts will be available and can be added to your booking at a later time – more information on this soon.

The four distances available:

  • 20k (over 16s)
  • 10k (over 16s)
  • 5k (11yrs and over)
  • Nightfall 10k (head torches mandatory, over 16s)
What you get:
  • Top quality, beautiful trail run event
  • Electronic chip timing – results print out as you finish
  • The best production and event management
  • Free bag drop
  • Qualified medical support
  • Fully waymarked course
  • Water / refreshment stop on route
  • Beautiful trail scenery
  • TVTR 2022 Medal
  • TVTR Afterparty (tickets available soon, 18+ only)
  • Organised by the Tweed Valley’s leading event production team
Ticket prices:
  • 20k (over 16s) – £37
  • 10k (over 16s) – £32
  • 5k (over 16s) – £20
  • 5k (11-16yrs) – £15
  • Nightfall 10k only (over 16s) – £32
  • 20k and Nightfall 10k (over 16s) – £53
  • 10k and Nightfall 10k (over 16s) – £48
  • 5k and Nightfall 10k (over 16s) – £36

Choose your route

Into the valley

Endless forests, swirling mist, towering hill tops, incredible wildlife, soaring birds of prey and the changing colours of autumn by the glistening waters of the River Tweed; this valley really does have it all. 

Day Runs: 5k, 10k & 20k – start approx. 11am

The trails will provide a top quality run, with a choice of four route lengths – 5k, 10k & 20k that set off in the daytime and a fourth race – the Nightfall 10k – that will take you into the tantalising twilight of the Tweed Valley. All routes will provide unrelenting autumn scenery, riverside trails, wildlife a-plenty and of course an arboreal avenue of light in the forest! 

Nightfall 10k – start approx 6:30pm

The Nightfall 10k is one for night owls (and it might be hard not to miss their distinctive call on your run!). Follow the throng of head torches on an exciting journey into the forest, into the fading light, through the dark woods and on to the light tunnel and finish!

You must bring a head torch – no running the Nightfall 10k without it. 

Can I do a Day Run and the Nightfall 10k?

Yes, absolutely! You can choose to do any of the daytime routes in addition to the Nightfall 10k. To do this, when choosing a course on your entry form, please select a daytime route. You’ll then click “add entry”, which will take you to a new page on which you can select the Nightfall 10k as an addition to your entry for only £16.  

Additional information

The start and finish are in the lovely Hay Lodge Park in Peebles EH45 8JQ.

The entire course is off road and the terrain will alter between dirt tracks, footpaths, gravel and stone surfacing. 

The small print

Get Involved!

If you’re not taking part in the event, there are other ways you can get involved and enjoy the buzz Tweed Valley Trail Run will bring!

An event like this needs a small army of helpers to make it work, so we are recruiting a marshaling team. It’s a great way to be part of the action and join in the excitement of this amazing day. Anyone who isn’t running (and is 16 or older) can apply.

Sign up here if you’re interested!

 

Who’s making it happen?

New for 2022 is our Volunteer & Crew Coordinator Sarah Birks, who will be dedicating all her time at Hillside Outside to all things volunteers. We’re also really excited to announce that Cullen Kilshaw are our official Tweed Valley Crew Partners this year. Their supports means new T-shirts, new High viz’s, great lunches and much more!

Click here to find out more about Cullen Kilshaw.

FAQs

Are there age restrictions?

For the Day Runs, the 20km and 10km races are open to anyone over the age of 16.

The 5km race is open to anyone over age of 11.

For the Nightfall 10k, runners must be over 16 on the date of the event.

The Afterparty is over 18s only.

Is the event timed?

Timing is provided by a MyLaps system provide by RaceAhead timing. Your timing chip is on your race number bib and you’ll cross timing mats at the start and finish to record your time. It’s not a mass start battle to get onto the trails first. Run on your own, run with your pals, start early, go at the back – it’s your choice, do what feels right.

How does registration work?

There are two ticket options:

Option 1 – Advance postal registration

Advance postal registration is available for runners who enter before the cut off date, Sunday 14 Aug 2022 at midnight. Advance runner packs cannot be sent out for runners who register after this date. This is to allow your number board and timing chip to be prepared in advance.

You can choose to change your registration type until Sunday 14 August 2022.

Option 2 – Registration in person

Runners must register on Saturday 1 October 2022,  at Haylodge Park, Peebles, EH45. You’ll be issued with a registration time a few days before the event.

Is the event safe?

There will be marshals positioned throughout the route. They will be in radio contact with Event HQ and can help in the very unlikely situation that you might need help.

The course will be clearly marked throughout with arrows and course tape where required.

What should I wear?

One of the joys of trail running is that all you really need is a pair of trainers and some water. Best to bring a waterproof just in case, and an extra layer in case you get cold afterwards. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Footwear with adequate grip for slippery off-road conditions required (trail shoes are strongly recommended for this event). 

Head torches required for the Nightfall 10km.

How should I prepare?

If you haven’t run in a trail race before, please consider the following as you prepare:

  • The course will be undulating on a variety of terrains. Get used to running up and down inclines, and negotiating mud, roots and uneven tracks.
  • Become comfortable with your footwork – hips, ankles and legs aren’t used to uneven ground and changing direction if you’ve only run on tarmac before.
  • You will discover your pace is far more erratic in a trail race with both slow and fast sections, so you may not achieve your goal pace/race time.
  • You should start the race well hydrated and fuelled. You may want to carry an energy gel during the race.
  • There will be a water/refreshment stop on the course, but please do not solely rely on this if you think you will take a while to complete the course.
How do I get there?

Peebles is easily reached from all over the UK and a short transfer from airports and train stations. Regular bus services in the area are provided by First Group, Bus number 62.

If you are arriving by car the main roads into the Tweed Valley are the A7 and A701 from the South and the A701 from the North.  And if you’re arriving by air you will probably arrive via Newcastle or Edinburgh Airport.

The closest stations are Edinburgh Waverly Station or the brand new Galashiels Railway Station. Check Travelline Scotland for dedicated bus connections.
Share car transport whenever you can – there’s a very useful car-sharing website at www.tripshareborders.com

www.visittweedvalley.co.uk

Where can I stay?

There is comprehensive list of local accommodation options over at the tweedlove website here, including hotels, B&Bs, self catering and camping.

We’re currently working on arranging a Tweed Valley Trail Run Campsite – more information soon.

What happened to the Tunnel Trail Run?

We have decided to leave the tunnel alone for now and instead offer you a tunnel of light right here in the forest! During both the day and the night runs, you’ll be able to run through this fantastic tunnel of lights.

What's the refund policy?

If for any reason you are unable to attend the event, refunds will be available upon request (info@tweedlove.com) as follows:

– Over 2 months prior to event date | 75% refund

– 1-2 months prior to event date | 50% refund

– Less than 1 month prior to event date | No refund

Can I transfer my ticket to another name?

Yes, you can swap your entry yourself in SiEntries to a different runner until 1 month prior to the event. After this time please get in touch at info@tweedlove.com to transfer your entry (there will be an admin charge of £10.00 per ticket). No transfers will be allowed after 1 September 2022.

For safety reasons, NO runner may use another’s event number without the permission of the event organiser.

I am no longer able to attend, can I defer my entry to 2023?

Unfortunately we are not able to offer the option to defer a ticket to another event, however please get in touch at info@tweedlove.com and we can arrange to refund or transfer your ticket (as outlined above).