The 2019 ROC Mountain Marathon is heading to the Lowther Hills in the Southern Uplands, Scotland.
Event centre: Durisdeer
Nearest Post Code: DG3 5BJ
How to get there:
By Car: Near the event field at the village of Durisdeer there is a minor public road from Durisdeer mill that is very narrow and that drops through a very severe dip at a river ford. DO NOT ACCESS this way and do not allow your GPS car navigation to take you this way. You must approach the event centre field through the crossroads at grid ref NS 889 030.
The Durisdeer village event field is good and should survive well in wet weather. Whatever your vehicle type, please head here, and do not make alternative plans or last-manoeuvres to park your vehicle in nearby road edges, village streets or at any village hall car parks.
Our Event Team will assist your parking. We do not expect difficulties with field parking, though we do advise that you familiarise yourself with the location and access to towing eyes and any chassis towing points on your vehicle. This is good knowledge for any driver.
When travelling from the south, the shortest route is to leave the M74 at junction 22 (shortly after the final junction of the M6; 45), then eventually follow around the Dumfries bypass to take the A76 north through Thornhill, right at the A702, then right, signed to Durisdeer village at Postcode DG3 5BG from where we will have signed to the event village at DG3 5BJ. Alternatively, you could stay on the M74 at take the A702 from junction 14 (south). This could be classed as the ‘scenic route’. Abington Services is just north at junction 13 which might be an important and easy detour for you before heading to the event.
When travelling from the north, take junction 14 and the A702 towards Thornhill (also signed Drumlanrig Castle) or take junction 13 via Abington Services.
FYI: There are many useful amenities and a hidden fuel station in Thornhill.
By Public Transport: The most convenient train station nearby is Dumfries and there are buses available from there to Durisdeer via Thornhill. Check the Travel Line Scotland website for more details. The journey time is about 40 minutes.
The Lowther Hills in the Southern Uplands of Scotland offer superb Mountain Marathon terrain, and the last major Mountain Marathon to go there was the OMM in 2007. Shane Ohly, the ROC Race Director, was taking part winning the Mixed Elite with partner Heather Dawe. He recalls, “My memory of Lowther Hills is of some very steep sided hills with flattish and rounded summit plateaus and ridges. The area has been grazed by sheep for many years and is therefore very runnable in most parts. Of course, there are areas of complex contour detail where historical mining has taken place, and there some rough and tough tussock/heather areas but on the whole the Lowther Hills is a fantastic mountain running area more similar to the Howgills than other Scottish mountains ranges”.
With the planning for the event all but complete, expect some more teases from the event team in the weeks leading up to the 2019 ROC Mountain Marathon as they report back from their test running of the courses.
Check out where previous editions of the event have been held (complete with maps).