Run Banchory

Come and join us at the annual ‘Run Banchory’ event at King George V Park, Banchory. The event takes place in late August with various distances on offer to cater for all running abilities. There is a Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and Kids race.  The race routes are predominately within the Scolty/Blackhall forest area.
There will be a wide range of prizes on offer plus refreshments and great community atmosphere!

Race Route Information

10k and Half Marathon Routes

The Half Marathon, 10k and 5k routes start on the B974, opposite the first lamp post after the King George V playing field. Runners head south over the River Dee bridge, round the sharp right hand bend and turn right towards Scolty Hill. Runners take the first right towards the Scolty Hill car park direction. At the first fork in the road, runners will bear right.  The Half Marathon and 10k runners continue along Black hall road until the route eventually becomes a ‘forestry track’.

Just before the 10k runners reach the top of their climb ready to return home, the half marathon runners will bear right and follow a forestry track around the Blackhall Forest eventually joining up with the 10k route once again. The forestry track eventually becomes a tarmac surface again, and at the fork runners will bear right onto the same road as the outward run. They will turn left down the steep steps onto the B974. Runners will then turn right through the playing field gates to the finish in the King George V playing field at the football pitch line.

The Kids race is within the grounds of KGV and Bellfield Park.  It is a flat route over a 1k distance (P1-7).

Run Banchory 10K Route Map 2023
Run Banchory Half Marathon Route Map

5k Route

The 5k route will also start on the B974, opposite the first lamp post after the King George V playing field. Runners will head south over the Dee bridge, round the sharp right hand bend and run along Blackhall Road. At approx 1.75 miles, runners will take a right at the black gate down to the Riverside and then take a right along to the black gates enjoying some fantastic scenery. Runners will then take a left back towards the finish at KGV park. This route is ideal for beginners or runners looking to get a 5k PB!

Run Banchory 5K 2023 Route Map

Kids Race

The Kids race is within KGV Park and Bellfield Park.  It is on flat terrain and suitable for all primary school children aged P1-P7.

Run Banchory Kids 2023

**COTAG supporting our 2024 Event**

We are delighted to announce that COTAG will be supporting our 2024 Run Banchory event. COTAG will be helping to ensure all participants have a safe running experience.

The Community Off-road Transport Action Group (COTAG) was founded in 2004 and is a member of the UK 4×4 Response network and works closely with all the Scottish 4×4 Response Groups.

It was established to support the emergency services, public sector and communities in times of need. It operates mainly in the Old Grampian Region area and is a registered Scottish charity (SC037191), all members are volunteers.

COTAG have agreements in place with the NHS, SFRS, Police Scotland, local councils and the Regional Resilience Partnership.

Duties are wide and varied; in adverse weather and flooding, COTAG has assisted Police Scotland, the NHS with transporting staff and patients to/from hospital.

During the spring and summer months, COTAG also supports local community events where there is a need for off-road logistical support. These include off road marathons, ultra marathons, long distance walking and mountain biking events.

For further information see: COTAG 4×4 Response Webpage or COTAG 4×4 Response on Facebook.

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