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ACORN 'The Dunky'

21 Oct 2021 - 24 Oct 2021

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

Organiser's Description

Duncan Macfarlane was in his day, a well-respected and accomplished runner - being part of the Victoria Park AC team, along with Scottish legend Andy Forbes, who were the only non-English team to win the English Cross County Championship 1952. Read more here.

Duncan Macfarlane, being Michelle's grandfather, is also by that measure Acorn Trails' great-grandfather! And we are proud of that!

January 14th, 1921 saw the good man born just up the road near Balloch. To commemorate his 100th birthday, we brought you the Duncan Macfarlane VIRTUAL, and raised over £300 for The Woodland Trust.

The Dunky

Still celebrating the centenary year, we bring you The Dunky. A two lap 7.5km trail race in Mugdock Country Park. Mugdock was chosen as it is the old weekend stomping ground of Dunky, and his Victoria Park AC clubmates.

The route will take you through the park passing two castles, a loch and a World War II anti-aircraft emplacement. Circling the water's edge it will throng through the falling autumn leaves, and weather permitting offer extensive views across the Greater Glasgow area.

Start time

Mugdock Country Park visitor centre. Registration is 8.30 and race start is 9.30

What charity is the event is supporting?

Duncan was a big fan of the natural world and enjoyed nothing more than being out with his family walking the beautiful trails of Scotland's highlands and islands. We are using this event to support the Woodland Trust. A minimum of £1 from each entry will be donated to them, with the option for entrants to top this donation up during the entry process.

What is included?

As well as a donation to The Woodland Trust, your entry includes exclusive access to the overflow carpark - first 70 cars. Please car share where possible.

Additional toilet facilities will also be provided for runners, to avoid overcrowding the park facilities and impeding the other park users.

Your entry also includes money which goes direct to East Dunbartonshire Council to help with the upkeep of such an amazing open space.

What else is available?

Medals from sustainable sourced wood, buffs and t-shirts in a range of fabrics and fits are also available at sign-up for an additional cost.

Our aim is to keep costs and waste to a minimum. We don't charge the earth, and don't automatically assume you want the additionals.


Prizes will be awarded in each gender for 1st, 2nd, 3rd overall, and 1st in age cats V40, V50, V60, V70.

Prizes are in the form of Migo Sports vouchers

1st £50 

2nd £25

3rd £10

Age Cat

1st £25

Prizes will be awarded only in contested categories. There will be no voucher prizes for the virtual event.

The Shirley Macfarlane VIRTUAL 

Dunky had friends far and wide. We appreciate you may not all be able to join us on the 24th October, but may still wish to support the event. 

We've created the Shirley Macfarlane VIRTUAL,  named for Dunky's wife, where you complete your own 7.5km run any time between 21st and 23rd October.

The cost is £10 which includes an optional medal and a minimum 25% donation to The Woodland Trust. The medal is optional. If you opt out, we'll increase the donation to the chosen charity.

Once you've run,  send details, run route, Strava, photos or other evidence





15 Oct 2021£12.00£14.00

*Discounted for members of Scottish Athletics

20 Oct 2021£10.00
To sign-up for this event, the Service Fee is 4% (min 50p) for each sign-up

Dates and Status

Places Available/Total: ??/150

Status: Closed

EventDateClosing Date
ACORN Duncan Macfarlane Race24 Oct 202115 Oct 2021
ACORN Shirley Macfarlane Virtual24 Oct 202120 Oct 2021


Alex Osborne

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