Run The 3 Dee Glens

Dates

8th - 10th June 2018

5th - 7th October 2018  

Route

All 3 routes are on the Eastern side of the fabulous Cairngorms National Park and have been selected to gve you a varied and inspirational experience of running in this beautiful wilderness.

Friday p.m. - A memorable 10 mile loop in Glen Quoich near Braemar. The run will take around 2-2.5 hours with a couple of rest stops included.

Saturday a.m and p.m. - An absolute classic route of around 20 miles and 1000m of ascent in and around the Dee Glen (Valley) itself. On wonderfully scenic trails on the Balmoral Estate, near Ballater you will climb to Munro height (3000 feet, 914 metres). The run will take around 6 hours in total with plenty of rest stops included.

Sunday a.m. - A choice of 5, 7 or 10 mile loops; all on the stunning Glen Tanar Estate near Aboyne. These runs will take between 1-2.5 hours depending on the route selected.

Please note that Running The Highlands reserves the right to alter the route and/or vary the distance of a day's run in the event of extreme weather conditions (i.e. for health and safety considerations). 

Distance

35-40 miles over the weekend.

Pace

Very comfortable with emphasis on getting there and not racing! Lots of rest stops, chatting en route and photo opportunities.

Ability Level

These are challenging runs and will hopefully provide all participants with a tremendous sense of achievement (when completed)! As such, we would advise that all guests should be able to achieve the following: a 60 minute 10k, a 2:15 half marathon and/or a 4:40 marathon. There will be plenty of rest stops en route for a quick drink, etc especially on the Saturday when we will also have a stop for lunch. Therefore, please ensure that you bring a small back pack for your lunch and appropriate gear.

Training

Much will depend on your current level of fitness. However, it would be great if you could get up to running 40 miles a week by 2 weeks before the weekend, with your long run being around 18 miles. You shoudl also try to combine a couple of long, easy paced runs 2 days in a row to prepare for running these relatively long distances on subsequent days. The emphasis should be on endurance and strength rather than speed. As such, we would strongly recommend that you spend some time in the gym or on a bike improving your leg strength. This will help you when the terrain is rough and uneven. You should then begin a taper down for the last 2 weeks ensuring that you eat plenty of healthy carbs! Please contact us for more advice/information.

Accommodation

Two nights full board (including packed lunches) in the Glen Lui Hotel, Ballater, Aberdeenshire. The Glen Lui is a lovely and extremely comfortable 3 star small hotel (with great food and a well stocked bar).

Meals

Full board - all meals included: breakfast (full Scottish if you wish!!), packed lunches and dinner. Please ensure you bring a packed lunch/drink with on the Friday.

Transport

Provided for getting to/from the start/finish points of the Runs.

In addition, we can arrange for pick up on the Friday morning at Aberdeen airport/train station (before 11.30am) and drop off again on the Sunday afternoon (after 4pm). It is around a 50 mile journey each way and takes around 75 minutes. Price will depend on numbers and so we would ask you to contact us for details.

Day Pack

In your day pack (really only necessary on the Saturday) you should carry: lunch, drink (water, sports drink, etc), energy bars/gels/chocolate bars, etc as well as suitable running clothing (jacket, hat, gloves, etc).

Running Gear

Running jacket, leggings/running tights (or shorts if you are warm blooded!), running vests, running socks, and trail shoes (ideally 2 pairs in case of wet conditions), light weight hat (or headband) & light weight but good quality gloves. Please note that if you are prone to feeling the cold then we would suggest you bring seal skin or wool socks & waterproof gloves; especially for the Saturday as you will be exposed to the elements. We have had temperatures from 28 degrees C (82 F) down to around 5 degrees C (41 F). In general, the temperature is likely to be around 10 - 15 degrees C (50 - 60 F) but you would be advised to check the forecast for the Scottish Highlands a couple of days before packing!

Max. Group Size

12 guests plus 2 RTH guides. If group size is 6 or less then there will be 1 RTH guide.... and for a group size of 7-12 then there will be two RTH guides.

First Aid

RTH guides are qualified first aiders and will carry a 1st aid kit with them on the runs.

Insurance

RTH has an insurance policy which covers our guests & the general public whilst we are involved in any RTH activity. However, our insurance does not cover baggage loss, theft, damage, holiday cancellation, etc and so you may wish to cover these separately.

Price

£360pp based on 2 sharing. Single supp = £35pp. Please note that the single supplement is applicable if you are booking for one person only. However, should you wish to share and we are able to find someone else for you to share with then the supplement will be removed. If we are unable to source someone for you to share with then the single supplement applies.

Payment

Payment options (a) Cheque payable to Running The Highlands or (b) Paypal – an online credit/debit card system. However, due to the costs charged by Paypal we need to add a charge of 3.5% for this method of payment (c) Electronic bank transfer - please advise us if you wish to take up this option and we will supply the bank details. The cost of processing will have to be added in the case of international bank transfers.

A deposit of £150pp is required to confirm a booking and the balance is then payable 10 weeks prior to the Weekend.

If you have to cancel, please inform us in writing. If you cancel more than 12 weeks before the start of the Weekend, we will retain the deposit. If you cancel less than 8 weeks before the start, we will retain 50% of the cost of the trip. If you cancel less than 4 weeks before the start of the holiday, we will retain 100% of the cost of the holiday. However, 95% of monies paid will be refunded if we are able to fill your place with a ‘reserve listed’ guest (5% being retained to cover administration expenses).

In the very unlikely event that we cancel, we will offer a full refund or alternative holiday.