World’s first contra-circumnavigation run

Paul McGreal (at back) and friends get into the battle spirit as they test out the 15km route of the BraveRunner trail run at Etal in Northumberland

Paul McGreal (at back) and friends get into the battle spirit as they test out the 15km route of the BraveRunner trail run at Etal in Northumberland

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SELKIRK’S Paul McGreal has come up with a crazy new outdoors event inspired by history to take place near Flodden Field next Saturday (October 12).

Braverunner is Paul’s award-winning company, Durty Events’ first fun induced trail run featuring natural obstacles to take place at Etal and at key locations associated with the Battle of Flodden.

Runners with head torches, inflatable claymores and pikes and impractical mediaeval fancy dress, are set to race from dusk into night over 15km (nine miles) of trails and battlefield locations. They will also be expected to crawl through culverts, negotiate tunnels, wade through water and tackle mud.

BraveRunner will be the world’s first contra-circumnavigation trail race when runners will take sides – England or Scotland - and run opposite ways round the course meeting on the original battlefield, the halfway point of the run where a laughter-filled encounter will take place.

Paul said: “BraveRunner is also guaranteed to be a great race for spectators. Most of the course will be visible from HQ so friends, family and supporters will be able to watch the two trails of head torches as they progress through forest and field. Red and blue fireworks will also mark the passage of the lead runners through key points on the course.”

Runners are entering as either a member of the England or Scotland teams and will raise their standards at the start (and finish) at Etal Village.

Paul promised: “They will not only experience the adventure and excitement of a night time trail race with obstacles they will also encounter music, light effects and projections at various points along the course; as well as taking in a number of Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum sites.”

A campsite will be set up at BraveRunner HQ and there will be a post battle party with live music and a prize giving.

For further information and to enter visit www.braverunner.com.