Club Races

Westerlands organise the following open hill races:

Further information for all these races can be found on the Scottish Hill Racing and Scottish Hill Runners websites.


Distance: 6.6km Climb: 240m

The origins of this race stem from the sadly departed Grudge Matches held between Westerlands and Hunters Bog Trotters.

Its never too steep or boggy or rough enough to justify walking although if you want you can stop and appreciate the fine views over towards Loch Lomond. At 4 miles and 800 feet its a very popular wee mid-week race.

Whangie Hill Race, Edenmill Farm Shop

Iain Stewart (2011)

Eliie Homewood (2008)

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Distance: 12km Climb: 980m

Ben Lomond is one of the oldest races in the calendar. It used to be run by Dumbarton AAC but all the effort involved in preparing and running this sort of race became a bit much for the organisers and they started to ask for assistance from other clubs including Westerlands CCC. However, even with the assistance of others, the race folded and was not held in May of 1995.

Westerlands decided to pick up the pieces and reintroduce the race on a trial basis in September of that year, on a much more low key basis than previously. This was reasonably successful, so it has continued in that vein, but back to the original May date.

Entries are via the SiEntries website.

Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond

Mark Rigby (1993)


Christine Menhennet (1993)

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Distance: 10km Climb: 560m

The Cort-ma Law race was first run in 1985. It is commonly held in June and proves rather popular with an average showing of about 50 runners.

Please remember that this race is a category AM race, so windproof body cover, map, compass and whistle are mandatory equipment. The race is open to those who are aged 16 or over at the start of the year.

At 6 miles and 1700 feet it is a good tough workout. The course follows a fairly clear path although the bogs remain a deep and wet proposition.

The most memorable event related to this race has nothing to do with Mark Rigby running towards the wrong hill, or Isabel Coombs being carried off the hill by some rather excited ambulance men, but the now infamous Map and Compass War Dance performed by the original race organiser Big Al Campbell one year. The dance turned into an annual event that attracted large numbers in its own right. Sadly Big Al no longer organises the race so the spectacle of will remain only in the memory of those who witnessed it. Shame!

Cort-ma Law, Lennoxtown

Gregor Stewart (2018)

 Val Houston (2009)

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Distance: 22km Climb: 2400m

This is a tough mountain race and should not be undertaken lightly.

The race was created in 1987 and was run annually until 1992, before being abandoned due to repeated bad weather. 15 years later, Jason Kaushal and Westerlands resurrected this race for 2007, and the race has now been run several times in the modern era, usually in awful weather!

Entries are via the SiEntries website.

Arrochar Alps, Argyll

Stanley Topalian (2015)


Ruth Crewe (2018)

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Distance: 6.8 km, Ascent: 370 m

The new version of the Kilpatricks Hill Race. Large scale forestry operations in the area saw a new route in 2018 and again in 2019. Now the race is a short and speedy. It starts with a short run along the tarmac before winding along a narrow path to the most Westerly point of Slacks Ridge (CP1). Then the route takes you to the summit (CP2) via a choice of paths. A sharp right turn sees you heading south through the summit bog until you hit the wall and head East along the undulating Craigleith ridge to the stream (CP3). Finally, a rapid descent through the grassy farmers field takes you to the finish line.

Entry on the day.

All competitors are required to carry map, compass, whistle and full-body weatherproof cover. Failure to do so may result in them not being allowed to enter the race.

Parking is extremely limited at the race start. Race parking is provided at Carleith Primary School (G81 6EF), under 1 mile from the race start. Competitors are strongly encouraged to car-share or travel by public transport – Kilpatrick railway station is 200 m from the race start and trains run every 30 minutes.

Kilpatricks Kaper, Old Kilpatrick

Tom Callan (2019*)

Ella Peters (2019*)

*new course

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Distance: 7.6 km, Ascent: 770 m

Start time 1pm. Registration from 11.30. Max 150 entrants. Entry on day only. £6.

Mandatory kit- full waterproof body cover, hat and gloves, map, compass, whistle. (kit checks on registration) Limited parking, please car share.

The Brack, Ardgartan, near Arrochar

Gwyn Bellamy (2016)

Val Houston (2016)

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Distance: 30 km, Ascent: 1480 m

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The race starts outside Traquair House and finishes at the Broughton Ales Brewery.

Based upon an original idea by Andy Curtis, the race can be divided into 2 halves. The first follows climbs and descents over heathery Scottish border hills. The second half has less climbing and more running on farm tracks. The final section over Trahenna Hill is particularly arduous.

Two Breweries, Traquair to Broughton

Gwyn Bellamy (2015)

Ellie Homewood (2010)


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Distance: 14.5km Climb: 850m

A very runnable route, starting in Alva and following a track through Woodland Park to Tillicoultry, where there is a sharp climb to follow the path towards Kings Seat. The gradient eases and runners head across to Andrew Gannel Hill, then on to the high point of Ben Cleuch. A sharp drop leads to the jog up to Ben Ever, then it’s a fast and furious descent back to Alva.

A new race created in 2010, to raise funds for the Scottish Hill Racing website. The last race was in 2017.

Run of the Mill, Alva

Sam Alexander (2016)

Ellie Homewood (2010)

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