Route Recce

Race direc­tor Neil Dal­gleish guides you along a 20km of­froad run in the Scot­tish Bor­ders

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Tweed Val­ley Tun­nel Trail Run

‘ The race came about af­ter we’d al­ready been or­gan­is­ing bike events in the area for sev­eral years,’ says Dal­gleish. ‘Some lo­cal run­ning stal­warts told us how they’d get up early and run our longer moun­tain bike cour­ses be­fore the riders ar­rived, so it made sense to make the most of our fab­u­lous nat­u­ral as­sets and cre­ate a new trail­run­ning event. I’d pre­vi­ously worked on arts and cul­ture events and liked the idea of adding some­thing un­ex­pected into out­doors events. So we came up with the idea of light­ing the old rail­way tun­nel out­side Pee­bles. The idea was to com­bine the beauty of the au­tumn colours in the Tweed val­ley and the stun­ning vis­tas from the trails on lo­cal hills with an un­der­ground, more arts-based light­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to run through as the fi­nale.’ * The 2018 race is on Oc­to­ber 20. Visit tun­nel­trail­run.com

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