Fife is a great place to run! Whether you are a beginner or an experienced athlete, prefer trails, hills, beaches or pavements you’ll find somewhere just right for you. Fife also has lots of races throughout the year including some truly unique experiences. Here’s a starter for 10:
1 In January the Devil’s Burdens is Scotland’s largest hill relay race. It starts and finishes in the charming village of Falkland and takes teams on a challenging route through the Lomond Hills, including the top of West Lomond which is the highest point in Fife.
2 The Devilla Forest 15 in February is a relatively new trail race which follows a scenic route round the forest. There is also a 5k option which is ideal if you’re new to trail running.
3 There are now 3 free parkruns every Saturday in Fife. St Andrews is held at Craigtoun Country Park on gentle mixed terrain. The Kirkcaldy run takes place at the Beveridge Park and is on mix of tarmac and gravel paths with a hill thrown in to mix things up. In Dunfermline the route is in Pittencrieff Park with lovely views of Dunfermline Abbey and the Forth Bridges in the distance when you reach the top of the hill.
4 The Black Rock 5 is a definitely one for the bucket list. It is held late spring/early summer, depending on the tides, and it starts with a sprint through the streets of Kinghorn. Then it’s down onto the beach and out across the sands to the Black Rock and back with an uphill dash to finish. This one sells out in a few hours proving what a great event it is.
5 There are several hill races if that’s your thing. Most of them are in the Lomond Hills and nearer the coast the Largo Law Hill Race takes you from Lower Largo which sits right on the water, up to the top of the Law at 290m with great views all around, then back down to the village.
6 The Chariots of Fife race in St Andrews lets you recreate that iconic scene from the film as you stride gracefully along the West Sands with the Vangelis theme tune inspiring you to the finish line.
7 The Tour of Fife is a series of 5 races held over 5 days in July/August. It features a great mix of routes including the West Sands at St Andrews, some superb trails and the lung busting Up Hell Time Trial.
8 Carnegie Harriers Memorial Race takes place at Knockhill racing circuit near Dunfermline every August. For one night only runners can take to the track which is usually reserved for much faster and noisier pursuits!
9 As the name suggests the Forth Bridge 10k takes you across the famous road bridge. It’s a spectacular setting with close up views of the iconic rail bridge and the amazing new Queensferry Crossing – it you’ve got enough time and energy to take it all in!
10 Fife hosts 8 Highland Games throughout the summer including the oldest free event at Ceres which dates back to 1314. All the games include running events alongside the traditional pipe bands, dancing and heavy events.