Cademuir Hill, on the south side of Peebles, is the venue for a new hill race organised by Moorfoot Runners on Saturday, August 16.
The Cademuir Rollercoaster will offer two courses, a 3k and a 6k, on the open grassy slopes which organisers say will provide a sufficiently challenging short race for the experienced hill runner, but not so testing as to preclude the fit novice, newcomer or junior.
The race has a Scottish Athletics permit and sponsorship has been secured from Peebles’ popular Italian restaurant, Franco’s.Speaking at the launch, Moorfoots’ Gregor Nicholson said: “We spotted a gap in the calendar for a race of this nature and Cademuir Hill provides a fantastic runable course with some fantastic views of Peebles and the surrounding countryside.
“Hill races tend to attract runners of all ages and ability and there is always a great community feel about them, whether you are racing or running for enjoyment.
“We’re hopeful that our new race will prove to be a popular addition to the calendar and we’re delighted to have Franco’s restaurant on board as race sponsor.”
Franco himself, proprietor Francesco de Martino, was on hand to help launch the event, but says his own running days are behind him so has nominated his waiter of 16 years standing, Adam Tally, to take part as the sponsor’s representative.
“I’ll not be winning any prizes, but I’ll definitely be expecting a free pizza from the boss that evening,” said Adam.
The host club’s Lucas Cheskin is one young hill runner who does hope to be towards the front of the 6k race. Lucas, who won the English Under-18 Uphill Championship last year and was fourth in the Scottish Under-20 Championship, is only just back in full training following a spell of injury.
He said: “The Cademuir Rollercoaster falls two weeks before the official trial race for the Scotland Under-19 team for the Junior Home International, so it will be perfect preparation for me.”
Go to www.moorfootrunners.co.uk for more information.