Star to appear at trail running festival

Ex-Ceres man, Ryan Scott, and his partner, Jo Cowper.
Ex-Ceres man, Ryan Scott, and his partner, Jo Cowper.

Ex-Ceres man Ryan Scott and his partner Jo Cowper have attracted a star running name to their innaugural trail running festival.

Dr Andrew Murray, who famously ran 4300 km from John O’Groats to the Sahara, is set to appear on the lineup at Scotland’s newest and most exciting trailrunning festival, the Glasgow Trailrunning Festival Pop-Up.

Andrew broke new ground by being the first to run clean across the mighty Namib Desert with running partner Donnie Campbell, who is also set to appear at the event.

He will also share stories from this epic run, along with his run with Donnie up the 10 highest mountains in Scotland in a day, and a forthcoming trip to Outer Mongolia in the hoof prints of Genghis Khan.

Andrew joins a number of high profile runners already added to the line-up, including; Donnie Campbell, Casey Morgan and Shona Thomson.

With a packed programme of films, skills sessions, speakers and races, experienced trail runners and those new to the sport will not be short of inspiration and motivation to get out onto the trails.

The festival is a new event concept for the trailrunning scene in the UK, designed Ryan and Jo Cowper.

Drawing inspiration from the inclusive and integrated trailrunning culture that exists in the Alps and shifting the emphasis away from races, the event will focus on participation and enjoyment with competition as just one part of the mix.

Glasgow Trailrunning Festival Pop-Up will take place at Mugdock Country Park, just north of Glasgow on Saturday, September 26 and aims to make the sport of trailrunning accessible to the widest possible audience, encouraging runners and non-runners of all ages to try it for the first time whilst still providing a challenge and inspiration for regular trailrunners.

Speaking about the event, Ryan said: “We wanted to bring a European feel to the Scottish trailrunning scene.

“In France, where we’ve raced on a number of occasions, events are about much more than just the races.

“Whole towns and villages are involved, creating an amazing atmosphere for runners, spectators and villagers alike.

“We want to share our amazing sport with as many people as possible to inspire them to get out onto the trails, whether they are ultrarunners, trailrunners, urban runners, injured runners or non-runners.”

Co-organiser Jo added: Trailrunning in Scotland’s beautiful outdoors is the perfect antidote to modern life.

“You don’t have to run far, or fast, or even frequently to gain real pleasure from lacing up your trainers and hitting the trails, and if we can encourage more people to do just that, the festival will have been a success.”