The Race Across Scotland 2018

The Race Across Scotland 2018: A Unique 214 mile (345km) Ultra-Marathon following the Southern Upland Way from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath. A stunning marked trail reflecting back to us the turbulent history between Scotland and England.

The voices and the lessons of the Killing Times in the 1600’s echo in the Forests, the Valleys, and high on the Mountains along the Way.

Post-Race Award Ceremony at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

18th – 22nd August 2018



Instalment Option

With 7648m of ascent the route is Scotland’s only official Coast-to-Coast. Village Halls across Scotland unite to support runners taking on the challenge with Live Online GPS tracking of those taking on the challenge of a lifetime.

A 100 hour cut off welcomes all into the event, with cut-offs at each Village Hall. It is technically a non-stop event but limited rest is permitted and medical support is available at Village Halls en route.

Top 3 Male and Top 3 Female Finishers earn an outstanding two-tone 214 Mile ‘Ultra Great Britain’ Buckle. Top 25 Finishers earn Gold. 26-50 Placed Finishers earn Silver. And 51+ Finishers earn the beautiful Bronze Buckle.

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Ultra Great Britain Scotland 2018

Ready for the challenge?


Full Race details

Competitors can now sign-up to the 2018 event via paying in full or using the Instalment Option. The Instalment Option splits the payments into 2 monthly payments.

Secure Your Place with a £199 Deposit.
Followed by 1 further monthly payments of £150.
Total amount payable = £349.
For more info please email

Southern Upland Way, North of Portpatrick Harbour, Portpatrick, Stranraer, DG9 8AN.
At the Portpatrick Village Hall:
The Harbour, Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway, DG9 8TU
Friday 17th August 2018.

4.00pm – 9.00pm Registration, Dropbags, Kit Checks, Race No. Collection & Race & Medical Briefing.

Saturday 18th August 2018. – Race Day

4.00am – 5.30am Registration, Race No. Collection, Kit Checks.
5.30am – 5:40am Start Line Photo.
6.00am – Race Start.

At least 21 years old + on Race-day.
In good health.
We feel entrants must have completed at least a 50 mile ultramarathon prior to taking on the 2018 Scottish ‘Ultra Great Britain’ route but we do strongly recommend taking on a 100 mile Race prior to the onset of the #RaceAcrossGreatBritain 2018.

Medical Certificate (supplied by GB Ultras) signed by your Doctor and dated within 3 months prior to the event stating in good health and no reason not to run Ultra Great Britain Ultramarathon. Feel free to email with any questions.

Post-Race Award Ceremony: On Friday 24th August 2018 at 7pm

The final ingredient to give Runners memories that will last a lifetime. Guests will enter the Scottish Parliament to the sound of Bagpipes.

All UGB2018 Start line Runners are invited to the Scottish Parliament as Guests, 2 days after the event, for a final time with other runners.
This is an opportunity to talk over their experience of the Race Across Scotland.

Its thought that most runners will head to the Scottish Capital, Edinburgh, for a couple of days rest, after being picked up by a friend or a member of their family after the event as its only a short drive away.
Trophies will be presented to the Top 3 Male & Top 3 Female Finishers of the Race at the Scottish Parliament.

There will be a selection of Refreshments and Canapes to choose from too.

To download the GPX or KML file for this event simply select the correct file in the menu below.


All entrants are invited to join the Team on training runs covering the Ultra Great Britain 2018 route prior to Race day along the Southern Upland Way. You can attend as many as you like, and one or both days with the aim of learning the route and increasing confidence should any markings go astray come Race day. You’ll also have the chance to meet other runners taking on the Race.

Saturday 4th November 2017
8am: Start at St Johns Town of Dalry, Dumfries and Galloway, DG7 3SW to Sanquhar Town Hall, Church Road, Sanquhar, DG4 6DF (Approx marathon distance).

Sunday 5th November 2017

8am: Start at Sanquhar Town Hall and finish at Beattock Village Hall, DG9 8RY (Approx marathon distance).

Saturday 9th June 2018
8am: Start at Castle Kennedy, Stranraer, Scotland, DG9 8RY to Glentrool Village Hall, Bargrennan, DG8 6SY (Covering 13 – 42 miles).

Sunday 10th June 2018
8am: Start at Glentrool Village Hall, DG8 6SY and finish at St Johns Town of Dalry, Dumfries and Galloway, DG7 3SW (Approx marathon distance).

Saturday 7th July 2018

8am: Start at Beattock Village Hall, DG9 8RY to Innerleithen (near Traquair on the Southern Upland Way),  (Covering 120 – 153 miles).

Sunday 8th July 2018

8am: Start at Innerleithen and finish at Lauder Village Hall, Scottish Borders, TD2 6TR (Approx marathon distance).

The training runs are free of charge to attend, we simply ask that runners confirm their attendance via sending an email to and/or joining the Ultra Great Britain Community Forum so that closer to the time we can help make arrangements. The idea would be to have some of the runners cars dropped off at the end point of the day’s run, arrange pick up of said runners from this point and bring them to the Start point. At the end of the day’s running, those with the car’s waiting at the finish point, drop runners back to their cars at the day’s Start point. We find this a sensible approach, promoting car sharing, organisation, avoiding charging for mini-bus hire, and also reducing the impact on the environment.

Pace wise we’ll be going at a nice gentle pace ensuring all runners stay as a group with brief stops approximately every couple of miles.
Generally our training runs have high attendance and for safety reasons we’ll be imposing a limit depending on feedback. There will be no minimum attendance limit as i feel that if we can help just one runner prior to Race day then its been a success.

 Please take into account weather conditions closer to the time.  We recommend runners refer to the Mandatory kit section and carry sufficient food/water for the duration of each of the runs.

The Mandatory Kit stipulated in this section must be carried at all times during Ultra Great Britain as it is the duty of the participant to be self-sufficient throughout the event. The Checkpoints merely support your progress.
Hardcopy Southern Upland Way West & East Maps
Waterproof coat (Gore-Tex or similar),
Thermal Base layer (kept in a drybag separate from Starting kit)
Water bottle or bladder -min 1 litre capacity,
Fully charged mobile phone,
Survival blanket,
Water purification tablets,
Backup lightsource,
Electrolyte tablets/S-Caps,
Emergency Food Rations (2000 Calories)
GPS Tracker (Provided by GB Ultras Prior to the Race).

Recommended Kit –
Warm hat or buff.
Insect repellant

Each entrant has a unique GPS tracker that must be worn on the arm. This tracker must stay with the entrant throughout the event. Should the GPS tracker be lost, given to another runner, misplaced, or left at a Checkpoint then the entrant can be disqualified at the discretion of the RD. This ultimate decision must be accepted as final, no reasons or debate will be entered into. This is to ensure runner safety and no shortening of the course. For runners with crews, the tracker will help to locate the runner and track progress. The GPS Tracker will also allow family and friends to track progress.

Please be aware GB Ultras Races Now Cupless! You can buy a GB Ultras reusable cup CLICK HERE to visit the shop.

Checkpoint 1 – Castle Kennedy – Mile 14

Checkpoint 2 – Bargrennan & Glentrool Village Hall – Mile 42

Checkpoint 3 – St John’s Town of Dalry Village Hall – Mile 64

Checkpoint 4 – Sanquhar Town Hall – Mile 91

Checkpoint 5 – Wanlockhead Village Hall – Mile 99

Checkpoint 6 – Beattock Village Hall – Mile 119

Checkpoint 7 – St. Mary’s Loch Tibbie Shiels – Mile 141

Checkpoint 8 – Lauder Village Hall – Mile 180

Finish – Cocksburnspath Village Hall – Mile 214

Each Checkpoint provides water, further refreshments, and a variety of snacks and at most venues, hot food too. There may also be further Checkpoints.
Participants should book accommodation for the finish in Portpatrick prior to the event.

Runners are largely self-sufficient between checkpoints. Runners must carry mandatory kit and must carry their days food with them along with 1 day emergency rations due to the inaccessibility of the route should a runner lose bearings.

A hard copy map of the Southern Upland Way and a compass must also be carried.

GPX file also available on request.

Runners are now permitted to have their own Support Crew during the race. However, no pacer is permitted.

Runners must make their own prior arrangements for accommodation and transport before and after the event.

To ensure that every runner is looked after and accounted for sleep is only permitted at Village Halls, Designated Venues & Checkpoints.

This is also to ensure everyone is treated equally in the Race Across Great Britain.

Each runner must carry Mandatory kit at anyone time to ensure fairness during the Race.

Runners can utilise Dropbag facilities at CP2, CP4 & CP7 …
Dropbags will be transported to the Finish line for runners to collect at Cocksburnspath Village Hall.
An additional finish line Dropbag, a small holdall can be transported to the finish …
Runners can now have their own Support Team/Crew to Support their Race.

Support Crews must not impede Village Halls nor other Runners and further Info will be provided to Crews closer to the event indicating where the Crews are permitted.

Ultra-Marathon Admission Waiver

Each ultra runner agrees and understands the full nature of an Ultra-Marathon. That an Ultra-Marathon involves running throughout the day and well into the night at times with limited rest over challenging terrain with inherent risks of changing weather conditions. Each ultra runner understands that it is their responsibility to adequately train for the event, and monitor their own health throughout and are ultimately responsible for their own safety.

Each ultra runner understands these are there responsibilities not those of GB Ultras.

Please read these terms and conditions carefully and make sure that you understand them, before placing an entry on our site. By submitting your entry form, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions (“the Terms”), and by submitting, you declare that you hereby, for yourself, your heirs and executors, administrators, successors, and assigns, declare that:-

1. I hereby agree to comply with the Conditions of Entry and all event rules and regulations as set down by GB Ultras Ltd (“the Event Organisers”) a company registered in England and Wales under company number 09397186. These conditions include the length of time taken to complete sections of the course which may be implemented by the Event Organisers, at their discretion, to ensure safe and proper running of the event.
2. I agree that the decision of the Race Referee will be final in all circumstances and no discussion will be entered into.
3. I agree to conduct myself in a sporting, professional and cautious manner during my participation in the event and understand that I may be disqualified if I do not do so.
4. I understand participation in this Event is physically strenuous and demanding and am fully aware of the nature of the event and all associated medical and physical risks involved. I further certify that I am physically capable of competing in this Event and I will only compete if I am fit enough to do so.
5. I will be immediately disqualified from the Event if I am found to have intentionally shortened the route to the race, and found to be deliberately littering the course.
6. If I have any medical condition(s), including allergies, which the Event Organisers or Event medical advisors might need to be aware of, I have provided details of this on my entry form, and will also provide written details of this on the rear of my pin-on numbers prior to my participation in the Event. I agree to display my number at all times during the Event.
7. I acknowledge that my pin-on number is personal to me and it is non-transferable under any circumstances.
8. I understand and agree that I participate in this Event entirely at my own risk, that I must rely on my own ability in dealing with all hazards, and that I must conduct myself in a manner that is safe for myself and all others throughout the duration of this Event.
9. I agree to retire immediately from the event if ordered to do so by the Event Organisers, any government official or member of the emergency services.
10. I accept full liability for any medical expenses incurred as a result of training for and/or participating in the Event
11. I accept that the Event Organisers, sponsors, race officials, medical advisers and any person involved in the organisation of this Event are not liable for any injury or illness or resultant death that I may suffer as a result of my participation in the Event, whether prior to, during or subsequent to the Event. I enter the race entirely at my own risk. I renounce any rights and claims for damages that I may have against the Event Organisers, sponsors, race officials, medical advisers and any person involved in the organisation of this Event together with their officers, directors, shareholders, successors and assigns, (collectively, “Releasees”) and release them from all liability to the Participant and his/her personal representatives, assigns, heirs, executors, and successors for loss(es), damage(s) and claims therefor on account of injury to Participant or his/her property or the resultant death of Participant, whether caused by the active or passive negligence of the Releasees or otherwise, in connection with Participants involvement in the Event (“Losses”), and further covenants not to sue any of the aforementioned parties for such Losses.
12. Whilst the Event Organisers take every care with the staging of the Event, I accept that I must make all reasonable precautions for the safeguarding of my person and of my property during my participation in this Event. I further acknowledge that personal accident and personal items insurance is my responsibility.
13. I understand that at registration, I must produce photographic identification.
14. I am aware that when running, the function of the marshals is only to indicate direction and that I must decide if the movement is safe.
15. I accept that, in relation to my participation in this Event, I am required to obey instructions from marshals and relevant signage before, during and after the Event.
16. The Event Organisers introduce cut off times for completion of sections of the course as they see fit. These will be made clear prior to the race. Competitors may be instructed to withdraw from the Event in accordance with the imposed cut off times.
17. I accept that the Event Organisers reserve the right to amend the event format or cancel the Event due to health and safety reasons, including storm, rain, inclement weather, winds or any other act of god conditions. I accept that my Entry fee shall be non-refundable in this circumstance as costs have already been incurred.
18. I accept that the Event Organisers will do their utmost to provide me with a finish time following my completion of the Event, however they will not be held responsible for any computer result anomalies.
19. I will be 18 years old or over on the day of the Event.
20. I have read, understood and accept the GB Ultras Ltd Withdrawal Policy.
21. I understand that confirmed entry to this event is dependent on a fully and accurately completed online Entry Form; and receipt of payment to cover my Entry fee at least 10 working days (2 weeks) in advance of the event. If either of these conditions is not fulfilled then my entry will not be valid nor accepted, and I will not be eligible to take part in the Event.
22. Through my completion and submission of the online Entry Form, I am committing to paying for my Event entry via the means as instructed on the GB Ultras Ltd website.
23. I irrevocably consent to my appearance in any media format, in relation to the publicity of this Event, and in future publicity and advertising of GB Ultras Ltd; provided that such use does not imply my direct endorsement of any official sponsor or suppliers of the Event.
24. All decisions and rulings by the Event Organisers, its employees and its agents are considered final.
25. The Event Organisers reserve the right to vary these conditions by giving notice to in writing in any official event material or correspondence prior to the Event.
26. A person who is not party to these Terms shall not have any rights under or in connection with them under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.
27. We will not be liable or responsible for any failure to perform, or delay in performance of, any of our obligations under the Terms that is caused by events outside our reasonable control (Force Majeure Event).
A Force Majeure Event includes any act, event, non-happening, omission or accident beyond our reasonable control and includes in particular (without limitation) the following: strikes, lock-outs or other industrial action; civil commotion, riot, invasion, terrorist attack or threat of terrorist attack, war (whether declared or not) or threat or preparation for war; fire, explosion, storm, flood, earthquake, subsidence, epidemic or other natural disaster; impossibility of the use of railways, shipping, aircraft, motor transport or other means of public or private transport; impossibility of the use of public or private telecommunications networks; the acts, decrees, legislation, regulations or restrictions of any government; and pandemic or epidemic.
28. I have read, understood and accept the GB Ultras Ltd Withdrawal Policy.
29. Should a GPS Tracker be damaged, lost or stolen then the entrant agrees to cover the cost of the tracker which is £150 + VAT per GPS tracker.
30. Upon withdrawal or completion of Ultra Great Britain, the runner agrees to return the GPS tracker to the Race Organiser. If a GPS tracker is not returned to a dedicated Race Marshal then the runner will be charged £150 + VAT.

31. The selection of the Scottish Parliament as a Venue is Subject to the Scottish Parliaments own set of Terms and Conditions.
These include but are not limited to Section 7 of the T & C’s. For example…
Cancellation by the SPCB
7.1 The SPCB reserves the right to cancel the Event giving 5 days notice if:
7.1.2 in the SPCB’s judgement, subsequent events determine that it would not be in the SPCB’S interests to allow the event to proceed;
7.1.3 the Event would, in the SPCB’s reasonable opinion, damage or prejudice the reputation or good name of the Scottish Parliament, MSP’s or the SPCB.
7.2 The SPCB reserves the right to cancel the Event without prior notice if:
7.2.1 Parliamentary business is unexpectedly rescheduled or the Parliament is recalled during a recess;
7.2.2 the Venue or the Premises are closed due to circumstances outside its control which precludes the Event taking place, for example, but not limited to a date agreed with the SPCB.

No Ipods are allowed during the race as the route is shared with other users, and it dims awareness of other path users. If you see a runner experiencing difficulties please inform Checkpoint Marshals. Each runner has Head Quarters mobile numbers on their bib.
No roads are closed en route so please exercise due diligence and care at all times. This will mean that participants have to slow, possibly stop to cross roads.

There are certain sections that lead onto country road, and/or road crossings – due to the length of the route – it won’t be possible to marshal a 200 mile route. It is the role of the entrant to be self-sufficient.

Our team will endeavour to reach any participant in difficulty within 4 hours due to the inaccessibility of the Trail. Medical staff will be dispatched as quickly as possible. Phones must be used only in emergency to conserve battery power should the need arise.

Participants who lose time helping another fallen participant, struggling against the cut off time due to this reason, can claim this time back, subject to RD discretion, Checkpoint/Village Hall availability, and under the proviso of completing within their new, extended cut off period.

GB Ultras believe all participants should make proper and mindful transport arrangements prior to the event and NO participant should be in charge of a car directly after the event. Please make sensible arrangements.

Prior to the race – Due to the nature of the event, costs are incurred as soon as a participant signs up, no refunds are possible in this event under any circumstances, nor is deferment, and transfer is not possible. There are some very good individual insurance policy’s that can be taken out to recover costs should issues arise.

During the race – This is a tough race, Checkpoints can be spread out thinly. You need to be able to stagger to a Checkpoint unless you are medically unable. When at a Checkpoint please inform a GB Ultras Race Marshal. This will ensure all participants who are registered and pull out of the race are accounted for, allowing for the accurate and safe running of the event. Crew’s or Support teams can also aid a runners withdrawal. Event Organisers must be informed upon withdrawal.

If a participant withdraws at a Checkpoint they must hand over their race number and GPS tracker to race staff to signal their retirement. Marshals will inform one of the Race Director’s and each of the remaining Checkpoints can update their participant lists. A sweeper after the cut off time will take retired participants to (dependent on course location) a main check point which will provide shelter and from which you can arrange travel home or being picked up.

No guarantees are made to transport any retired participant to either the Start or the Finish. Cash/Card is recommended to be carried as there are a number of train station’s en route . Although ultimately decisions to continue are in the hands of the runner, we reserve the right to pull any participant out of the race on health grounds.

Events are nothing without Volunteers. Event costs can be reduced for the following year’s event, providing criteria is met. It would be amazing if you could join us and help bring the event to life.

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