The Taynish Run Festival

25 Apr 2020

This Festival is in a testing state, and is not open for public sign-ups until the organiser has launched it.

Organiser's Description




The Taynish Run Festival is an event organised to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer Support.  To ensure we raise as much funds as possible for the chairty we will provide all finishers with our unique Taynish Run race medal, a bottle of water and snack.   

Based in the village of Tayvallich, Mid Argyll, we offer the participant the choice of three different routes to run within the Taynish National Nature Reserve.


There are a total of 100 spaces across the two separate races.  Start times for both events are noon.

·         The Taynish Cross Country Trail Run (6.8 mile)           - 12 noon start  

·         The Taynish 10K Road Race                                         - 12 noon start


Check out the Taynish Run Facebook page for route maps etc.  (N.B. there is a link in the essentials)

The race is organised by Colin MacFarlane, supported by the local MacMillan Cancer Support group and promoted by Mid Argyll Athletics Club.

Race registration and briefing will be at Tayvallich Village Hall (PA31 8PW), Mid Argyll.  The follow timings apply:


Race                                                            Registration          Briefing          Start

Taynish Cross Country Trail Run                    9:15 - 11:30         11:40            12:00
Taynish 10K Road Race                                9:15 - 11:30        11:40             12:00

The race will start and finish at Tayvallich Village Hall and take the runner into the beautiful Taynish National Nature Reserve. The course will be marshalled, have water stops and will be covered by first aid support. For each course, prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place male and female finishers and there will be a goody bag presented to each participant.


Limited car parking is available at Tayvallich Village Hall and within the village itself. 


Entry Fee: 

Taynish Trail Run and Taynish 10K - £18 or £16 for UKA/SAF affiliated members.


UKA or SAF number is required for all affiliated entries and must be entered into appropriate box on the entry form, if it is not you will be asked to pay the additional £2 at registration.

***Please note, Jog Scotland Full members we require your SA number from Scottish Athletics and not the Jog Scotland Membership number. Jog Scotland Free members do not qualify for the affiliated price.


Please pay the correct fee as race proceeds go directly towards MacMillan Cancer Support. Entrants must be 15 years old or over (at begining of race year)  for the 10K and 18 years old or over (at begining of race year) Cross Country.    For further information please email

We regret that refunds cannot be offered for those having to withdraw from the race either before or during the event.

Entrants cannot transfer their number to another runner.



 Please fully read this message the below as it contains important race information.


2.1 Parking and Registration


Limited parking is available at Tayvallich Village Hall and in the village itself. Marshals will be there to help direct traffic and then point you towards the registration office in Tayvallich Village Hall. If the car parks are full when you arrive the marshals will try to direct you towards nearby parking within the village itself. The road at Tayvallich is single track and thus if you intend to park outwith designated parking areas then you must ensure there is enough room to allow the passage of road vehicles, in particular emergency vehicles. 


The registration point is at Tayvallich Village Hall opposite the public car park. Registration will be open from 09:15am. Please arrive in good time to allow for parking and registration.  At registration you will be provided with your race number. Please can you bring 4 safety pins to attach your number.  On the rear of the number you must write down any medical information that may be essential in an emergency i.e. any medical conditions, any medication currently being taken, any allergies, deafness etc.


2.2  The Race, Health and Safety

 The start area in Tayvallich is narrow so we ask that slower runners and walkers stay near the back to ease congestion.

You have two route choices:

 Route 1 – Cross Country Trail Run – Approx 6.8 miles

This is a challenging course with uneven and varied surfaces, as well as steep climbs and undulating single track.  Although a good introduction to cross country and trail running I would not recommended this route to inexperienced runners due to the technical nature of some of the trails/surfaces. This route utilises all three of Taynish NNRs trails including a steep ascent/descent of the Barr Mor, the flat Linne Mhuirich trail and the undulating and sinuous Woodland trails.

This route includes all types of terrain from tar mac, pitched path and steps, muddy and rough ground – it’s hard but awesome.    Trial shoes recommended.  Traffic is excluded from approx 85% of this route.


Route 2 – Taynish Run 10k

This is an out and back route that takes you down the spinal road in Taynish, meeting the path that

runs down to the Linne Mhuirich. This is a flatter and easier route than route 1, suitable for all runners, with the main climb being at the start. Surface; some tar mac; mainly rough road with odd pot hole; then a good all access path to Linne Mhuirich. Return along same route.  Traffic is excluded from approx 75% of this route.


All routes utilise the single track C-Class road out of Tayvallich down to Taynish NNR. Both runs will be sign posted and marshalled however expect to meet the odd slow moving car on your run (you might even overtake it?!).


In accordance with SA Rules runners must not wear headphones during the race to enable them to hear traffic, other runners and directions from marshals especially where the course crosses roads that will be open to traffic. There are also sections of the course that run along public roads. Being able to hear traffic, other runners and other users is vital to the safety of runners, road users and public alike. We therefore hope that you understand the no headphones rule. Non compliance of this rule may result in disqualification.


All runners must obey any instructions from race marshals, in particular at road crossing points. The roads will be open to traffic and vehicles have the right of way. Please ensure you give way to traffic and be aware that our marshals do not have the right to stop traffic. It is the runner’s responsibility to cross the road safely.


Taynish National Nature Reserve will be open to other users including walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Please be vigilant for other users and take appropriate care when passing. If during the race you need to drop out or require medical assistance please find the nearest marshal and let them know.


The trail runs are generally wide enough to allow runners to pass, however when overtaking fellow runners please do so in a considerate manner. Do consider calling out if you think that a runner or group of runners has not heard you approaching. Try to avoid sudden changes in direction such as veering across the path as you may cut across runners approaching from behind. Use your observation to be aware if runners around you.


2.3  The Finish

 For all routes you will be running downhill – well you went up it so you might as well enjoy coming down it – and returning to the village hall the way you left it. There are plans for extremely yummy (and definitely not to be missed!!) refreshments for competitors at the finish which will be provided by the local MacMillan Girls in the Village Hall with all donations going straight to MacMillan Cancer Support. I hope that you will stay around after the race to enjoy these refreshments and give generously for a great cause.

 As this is a charity event we will be providing modest goody bags for all participants at Tayvallich Village Hall. Please ensure that you collect yours after you finish. 


Prize giving is planned for 2pm (or sooner if results are in). I don't have a chip timing system so we thank you for your patience while results are assembled but we ask that you do not disturb the race timings team during the race and immediately after. I will look to email the results and publish them on the Scottish Athletics website as soon as possible

 I really hope you enjoy the event. Your entry will be directly helping raise money for the MacMillan Cancer Support.



03 Apr 2020£16.00£18.00

*Discounted for members of any of SA EA WA

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

Dates and Status

Date: 25 Apr 2020

Closing Date: 03 Apr 2020

Status: Closed

The Taynish Run - Cross Country Trail Run – Approx 6.8 miles??/55
The Taynish Run - Woodland Road - 10k??/45


Colin MacFarlane



Tayvallich Village Hall