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New trailrunning fest for Scotland

Written by Fiona

August 07 2015

Trailrunning is growing fast and now two keen runners from Scotland are launching the Glasgow Trailrunning Festival Pop-Up. The one-day event on September 26 takes place at Mugdock Country Park, near Milngavie.

The aim of the event is to celebrate all things trailrunning and to inspire more people to take up the sport.

Festival director Ryan Scott said: “We wanted to bring a European feel to the Scottish trailrunning scene. In the Alps we have seen how whole towns and villages are involved in the trailrunning scene, creating an amazing atmosphere for runners, spectators and villagers alike.

“We want to share this amazing sport with as many people as possible to inspire them to get out on to the trails, whether they are ultrarunners, trailrunners, urban runners, injured runners or non-runners.”

Festival strategic advisor, Jo Cowper, added: “Trailrunning in Scotland’s beautiful outdoors is the perfect antidote to modern life. You don’t have to run far, or fast, or even frequently to gain real pleasure from lacing up your trainers and hitting the trails, and if we can encourage more people to do just that, the festival will have been a success.”


Details of the Glasgow Trailrunning Festival


  • Running legend Shona Thomson, who was the first Scottish female to run a marathon on every continent and earn membership of the Seven Marathons Continents Club.
  • Susie Ranford (nee Allison), author Scottish Trail Running, the definitive guidebook for trailrunners in Scotland.
  • Daniel Gerber, osteopath to elite runners
  • Jo Cowper, women’s fitness advocate


There will be a showing of Trails in Motion, a 2.5-hour collection of stunning trailrunning films from around the world. This is just the second time these films have been screened in Scotland.


  • Cani-cross sessions from Cani-Fit
  • Guided runs and free product testing from shoe manufacturer HOKA ONE ONE
  • Coached hill skills sessions.

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  • For those who would still like to enter a race, there will be two unique 5km and a half marathon Strava Races. These will be self-sufficient, with participants completing the course(s) in their own time throughout the day, while tracking their efforts using the Strava app on their smartphone.


Tickets will go on sale on Monday August 10 at 9am at Glasgow Trailrunning Festival.

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