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Cateran Trail Race

14 May 2022

Organiser's Description

Run Like A Cateran!

Follow the old drove roads and ancient tracks used by the Caterans – the fearsome cattle thieves who raided Strathardle, Glenshee and Glen Isla from the Middle Ages to the 17th century and for whom the Trail is named. 

It's a circular route, starting and finishing next to Gulabin Lodge and approximately 90% off road - made up of forest tracks, rough tracks, bog, mud, heather and beautiful scenery in a spectacular rural setting. There's roughly 10%  tarmac which is mainly backroads where you might be (un)lucky to see a vehicle or two. The last few miles are a treat, a 1000 foot climb over the An Lairig pass with a steep tough run down to The Spittal of Glenshee, across a wee bridge then into the field to the finish! 

(Raiding of sheep or cattle is not permitted!)



Race starts at 7.00am, Saturday 14th May 2022, and there is a limit of 100 places.

55 miles/90 kilometers and 7450ft/2250m ascent

15 Hours to complete

Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd male/female, 1st V40, V50, V60, V70 male/female.

Race momento for all finishers.

Free parking is available at the start with portaloos.

Camping and motorhome overnight parking in the finish field will be available to book.

Bunkhouse accomodation will be available to book if there is enough demand to cover costs. You can specify if you want a bed on your entry and as soon as we have enough people we will contact you with a link for payment.

This year we will also have live GPS tracking so your friends and family can follow your race. 

 

Rules  

Runners have 15 hours to complete the race.

The route will be marked where I think runners may miss a post although if runners are unfamiliar with the route, the map mentioned in the map section on the right is the most accurate. Any deviation from the route may lead to disqualification. A GPX file of the route is available to download from the race website.

Runners must pass through the checkpoints within the stated time limits, and must carry any items that the Race Director states may be needed for their safety.

You must check in & out with the marshall at each Checkpoint.

Any runner leaving Enochdhu after 20:00hrs may be 'paired up' with another.

This is a SAL permitted race under hill race rules, thus no walking sticks/poles or other aids are permitted. 

NO PACERS OR BUDDY RUNNERS ALLOWED and no dogs.

The race has a drop bag service at 5 checkpoints and water will be provided at these. Runners are NOT permitted a support crew. 

Cut offs are Blairgowrie by 2.30pm (7.5 hours) and Enochdu 8pm (11 hours).

Location

 Grid ref

 Distance

 Cut offs

 Start

 NO 11153 70276

0.0K 

7am

Den of Alyth

NO 23586 48684

 41.5K - 25.8 miles  

 

Blairgowrie

NO 17800 46215

50.2K -  

31 miles

2.30pm

 Bridge of Cally

NO13640 51168  

61.0K –

37.9 miles 

 

 Kirkmichael

NO 07940 60011 

74.6K –

46.3 miles 

 

 Enochdhu

NO 06250 62810 

78.2K –

48.6 

8pm

 Finish

NO 11185 69914 

 88.0K – 55 miles

10pm

 

 

Any runner who in the opinion of any Race Marshall or Medic is regarded as unfit to continue will be withdrawn from the race. THEIR DECISION IS FINAL. 

You will be running unsupported so please be sensible and carry the basic essentials! Yes I know you are a hardcore ultra runner but 55 miles is a long way and the weather may change. The last section is the most remote and the toughest bit. If you are close to the cut-offs then a waterproof jacket, headtorch and a food supply to keep you going between the drop bags is advised. The marshalls at the last checkpoint will check to make sure you are equipped and able for the last 6 mile slog over the big hill.

IT'S LIGHTWEIGHT AND TAKES UP HARDLY ANY SPACE SO YOU MUST CARRY THE MOST SIMPLEST OF SAFETY ITEMS, A SPACE BLANKET!

Be sensible and look out for the safety of your fellow runners too.

In bad weather all runners may have to 'Pair Up' at any stage at the discretion of the race director.
 
Withdrawals:- Before 1/1/22 - full refund minus EntryCentral fees. After 1/1/22 50% refund minus EntryCentral fees. After 1/4/22 no refunds. 
 
      
COVID 19

We will be following the Covid guidelines for events as issued by Scottish Athletics who provide our permit and insurance. If you enter this race you must be willing to comply for the safety of the volunteers and fellow runners.


Rules may be added if and when circumstances arise -  it is for your own safety!

MANDATORY KIT
 
Space/foil blanket
Mobile phone switched on
Emergency food or energy drink 
 

The race is under Scottish Athletics Rules and is a scottishathletics permit event. 

 

 See you all soon and happy running!

 

Richie, Keith and all the lovely marshals.

 

 

 

 

 

Prices

Until
31 Dec 2021£70.00
28 Feb 2022£75.00
03 May 2022£80.00

To sign-up for this event, the Service Fee is 4% (min 50p) for each sign-up

Dates and Status

Date: 14/05/2022

Status: Open

Total Places: 100

Places Available: ??

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Organiser

Richie Cunningham