Get durty at dusk to mark Flodden date

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WHAT is billed as the world’s first contra-circumnavigation trail race has been organised as part of the commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the 1513 Battle of Flodden.

It is being masterminded by the award-winning, Selkirk-based Durty Events company.

Competitors will take to the field representing Scotland and England in a dusk-to-dark obstacle race on Saturday, October 12.

The teams will run in opposite directions round the 15.3m course which includes culverts, tunnels, water courses and mud.

Runners in fancy dress will wear head torches and carry inflatable claymores , swords and pikes and the event has been named Braverunner.

It starts and finishes in the village of Etal with the opposing teams meeting midpoint ion the battlefield at Branxton.

Paul McGreal of Durty Events commented: “This will be a fun and reasonably challenging run on an undulating, rather hilly course, aimed at all fitness levels.

“Runners will encounter music, light effects and projections at various points along the route as well as taking in a number of Flodden 1513 ecomuseum sites.

There will be a campsite and post battle party with live music, a prize giving and other entertainment.

Most of the run will be visible to spectators with fireworks marking the passage of the lead runners from both teams.

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