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: Coming from either the north or south, turn off the M74 at junction 14, and travel South towards Thornhill. If travelling from the North, please follow our event signage from the A702 and DO NOT take the turning at Durisdeer Mill. The Event Centre is in the field opposite the cemetery.
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).