Run the Blades returns to Whitelees Windfarm

Whitelee Windfarm, which will host 2nd 'Run the Blades'
Whitelee Windfarm, which will host 2nd 'Run the Blades'

Endurance runners with a taste for wild, challenging terrain are being invited to participate in the second ‘Run the Blades’ event at Whitelee Windfarm near Glasgow on Saturday, July 23.

‘Run the Blades’, which is organised by Breaking Strain Events, offers three race options - a 50k ultra-marathon, half marathon and 10k – within the unique setting of the UK’s largest on-shore windfarm.

The iconic site is otherwise used to power some 300,000 homes by way of 215 huge (130 - 140-metre) wind turbines.

Whitelee is located on Eaglesham Moor, just 20 minutes from Glasgow, with the wild, windswept environment ideal for power generation. However, the site’s 130km of trails, spanning mixed moorland and forestry, also offer exhilarating conditions for outdoor activities, whether it’s running, cycling, or horse-riding.

Lee Peyton, Director of Breaking Strain, said: “Despite heavy rain last year, competitors in the inaugural event were invigorated by the elements and enthralled by the scenery and wildlife, which is why so many have signed up again in 2016 and are spreading the word to a growing number of enthusiasts.

“On a clear day – which we’re obviously hoping for in 2016 – you can see down into Glasgow and the Clyde Valley. We’re runners ourselves and believe we’ve found a classic challenge that’s going to run and run!”

‘Run the Blades’ is taking place by kind permission of Scottish Power Renewables, Forestry Commission Scotland and landowners with support from Whitelee Access Planning Group and sponsorship from Scot JCB.

Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service, which is provided jointly by East Renfrewshire, East Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire councils, has worked closely with organisers to help deliver what will be another thrilling event.

As well as being a great venue for events like ‘Run The Blades’, there are fantastic facilities at Whitelee including a network of waymarked trails, mountain bike trails and a visitor centre complete with café, offering a great day out for all the family.

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