The race is run annually on either the Saturday before May Day Bank Holiday Monday or the following Saturday. This year, our 30th race is taking place on 4th May, 2019. We're having a FREE ceilidh in the Village Hall from 8pm to celebrate - everyone welcome!
Called the Stuc a' Chroin 5000 because of its previously approximate total climb (in feet!), the race up until 2016 was 22k long and the course record was 1:59:22 for the males, and 2:22:47 for the females. The Stuc a' Chroin race had to undergo a route change because of building development work. These records will now stand as the permanent records due to the change in the course. New records were set in 2015 and stand at (Male) Hector Hains (HBT) 2:08:33, and (Female) Georgia Tindley (HBT) 02:37:48. Against our predictions, the new course came in faster than we thought, and the lure of the sub 2 hour record still excites.
We are supported by the many marshals, supporters and sponsors over the many years who have given their time and resources to help us. We welcome also our new marshals, supporters and sponsors. Many people have helped with the new sections and we're indebted to all who've sponsored and helped in whatever way they could. It's very much work in progress at the moment but we hope you like it. We will continue to try and improve the Start / Finish area and have already expanded it quite a bit in order to accommodate more supporters and a better infrastructure.
The new course is approximately a 5,000 feet ascent, or 1500 metres, and 20 km long. The changes are only to the start / finish location as well as the initial and last section of the race.
Organised under British Athletic Rules and classed as a Category A Long Hill race, and in 2009 and 2017, it was a British Championship event with over 300 runners and in 2013, hosted one of the Scottish Athletics Championships Long Hill races.
Usually blessed with good weather, its timing at the beginning of May does mean that there may be a variety of conditions - consult the forecast before your journey ... and don't forget the midge repellent as well as your mandatory equipment. There will be an up-to-date forecast of local conditions right up to the start on this web site in the Stop Press section opposite.
You can register here from here from the beginning of April. Pre-registration has been extended until Friday 3rd May at 17:00, but you will still be able to register in the White Stag at the South end of the village from 10:30am - 12:00pm, admission fee is £12 for non-Scottish Athletics members, and £10 on verified Scottish Athletics membership. Mandatory equipment will be checked at Registration. The race is well marked all the way to the top; (note that there may be a limited number of maps available); stewards and water stations are aplenty and well supported by the local community. Renowned for its plentiful supply of water, jelly babies and chocolate all along its 22k, rumours that some runners actually put on weight during the race are to be treated with caution!
Some of the runners comments from the last couple of years
".. privilege of enjoying a well-supported hill race in stunning scenery and immaculate weather ... Many thanks to the organisers of this epic hill run which was well-organised and well-supported. We will definitely be back next year."
"Brilliant views and perfect weather conditions for this (my favourite) hill race."
"Stuc is a great race and is really well supported, I think I managed to eat about a full bag of Jelly Babies and half a bag of Fruit Pastilles dished out by the numerous marshalls." (we checked and she did actually run as well)
"Thanks for a great race , the marshalling and organisation was first class as usual and along with the weather made it a great day !"
"despite the torture of running this course again it's still one of my favourite events on the hill race calendar."
"the best organised and marshalled race I've been to" (we did check, they had been on more than one)
Note that as before. the prize-giving will take place on the field between 16:30 and 17:00. There's drinks and food in the hotels, as well as a (FREE) ceilidh in the Village Hall. Food and drinks in the hall for the race supporters will be served from 17:30. It's our 30th Race anniversary, so bring yer dancin' shoes.
There is 'The Village Shop' where sandwiches and groceries can be bought. The Broch cafe and the village hotels (White Stag, Munro and Benn Sheann) all serve good food.
One word of warning though - traffic through this popular tourist area, and especially Callander (A84 Stirling - Strathyre ) can be very busy at the weekends so please allow an extra 30 - 60 minutes to pass through. There will be a significant amount of traffic from those attending the race as well, and traffic in Callander can be a nightmare. Other routes to Strathyre (avoiding Callander) are available.
The race starts at 1300 hrs.
We look forward to seeing you this year.