Crombie Country Park 10K
18 Jul 18
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The Race is a fundraiser for Special Olympics Tayside to support athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities to attend the Special Olympics GB Anniversary Games 2018 being hosted in Scotland at Stirling University 9-13 August 2018. More information on the Games, including how to buy tickets, can be viewed on the website. You must be age 18+ on the day of the event to sign up.
The entry fee in the second year of this event has been set at £15.00 to cover the cost of a bespoke medal which we know all runners love to receive! £2 of your entry fee will go to ANGUSalive towards the upkeep of this beautiful country park. This is not a Scottish Athletics permit event and there are no discounts for SAF members. This is a fundraising event and there will be no refunds, deferrals, transfers or entries on the day - we are a very small team of volunteers whose main purpose is to work with the athletes and the event closes for sign-ups on the 17th, so no excuses!
The Race takes place in the grounds of Crombie Country Park which are simply stunning! This route is two laps following a variety of trails around Crombie Loch - you will not be disappointed with the beautiful surroundings and running round twice gives you ample opportunity to look out for the red squirrels, woodpeckers, roe deer, heron and a variety of waterfowl. The route is all trail apart from the tarmac start/finish - there are some tree roots to look out for but all very runnable with just one section, which if wet, which may get a bit muddy.
The Race will start and finish at the Rangers Visitor Centre. At the start, you will run down the main drive and turn right onto the Peddieston Trail (red) and follow this round back past the house and onto the Discovery Trail (yellow) briefly. You will then take the Fallows Trail the longest way around (blue trail), joining back onto the Discovery Trail and around the other side of Crombie Loch. You will then run the Birchwood Trail (orange) before crossing over the main drive and completing a second lap. After running the Birchwood Trail for the second time, you will run back up the main drive to finish at the Rangers Visitor Centre.
The event is not chip-timed.
Crombie Country Park
For further information about Crombie Country Park and how to get there, please visit the website
There is a small carpark with limited parking and an overflow carpark field so please carshare where possible. You will still have to pay the normal carparking fee of £2.80 so please remember your coins! There are two small toilet blocks with a larger accessible cubicle at the carpark and Visitor Centre. There is also a very rustic one near the playpark!
The Race will start at the slightly earlier time of 7pm and registration opens at 6pm in the marquee behind the Visitor Centre. Registration closes at 6.50pm
There won't be any water on the route but all runners will receive water at the end of the race
Everyone who completes the race will be given a bespoke Special Olympics Tayside medal.
The fundamental difference that sets Special Olympics competitions apart from those of other sporting organisations is that athletes of all ability levels are encouraged to participate and every athlete is recognised for his or her performance. Competitions are structured so that athletes compete with other athletes of similar ability in equitable divisions of between 3-8 athletes. It is a fundamental principle of Special Olympics Award Ceremonies that no competitor is given more recognition than another and that as much significance is placed on the individual finishing in 8th place as that of the gold medallist. So for the purposes of our Race, we will award a small prize to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female to cross the finish line and to the 8th finisher, and every 8th runner home thereafter - so even if you are not one of the faster runners, you still have a great chance of winning a prize!
Where does your money go?
It will go towards the costs for all athletes from Special Olympics Tayside plus volunteer coaches and helpers of the Tayside Delegation from Dundee, Perth and Angus to attend the Special Olympics GB Anniversary Games at Stirling University 9-13 August 2018. Even although this event is relatively local, costs run into thousands of pounds for sports kit, transport, accommodation, food etc - every person in the team has to contribute to fundraising and this is just one of our many fundraisers. You will meet many of the coaches, volunteers and athletes at the 10K - please join us and celebrate their achievements!
Huge thanks to Crombie Country Park for supporting Special Olympics Tayside for a second year and also grateful thanks to Eventfull Management Limited for providing race numbers for our event