23 Oct

Jedburgh Festival Returns To The Borders

Jedburgh Half MarathonThousands of runners will head to the Borders this weekend to take part in the Jedburgh Running Festival. The festival has a range of options including the Three Peaks Ultra Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and CaniSports Scotland’s Canicross races.

Saturday will see the fourth year of the 38-mile ultra marathon. The race involves a climb of over 2,800ft, starting at the abbey and covering some of the region's most testing terrain - including the Eildon Hills, near Melrose. The extinct volcanoes are challenging but allow you terrific panoramic views across the entire region. Organisers recommend wearing trail shoes as over 30 miles of the course is off-road with several very muddy sections.
 
Also on Sunday, the Jedburgh Canicross returns for its third year, providing an opportunity to get in some off-road running with your canine companion. 
 
On Sunday, the half marathon will be held for its 13th year. The out and back route also starts opposite Jedburgh's historic abbey before heading off through the square down towards the A68 and on to the A698. The route then takes a right turn in the direction of Kelso, looping left ahead of Crailing on roads then continuing towards Kelso.
 
Approximately one mile further on the runners turn around and head back for the return journey. The route back is almost the same except passing Riverside and finishing on the grass by the river opposite Queen Mary's house. The 10K race is also an out and back, starting at the same time and location as the half marathon.
 
For more information, visit the event website