The Kyles 10 Miles is called ‘Scotland’s scenic road race’, and it’s easy to see why. This cracker of a race follows a stunning coastal route on Argyll’s Secret Coast, a beautiful, undiscovered corner of Scotland. As well as the stunning scenery, there’s a friendly vibe, great goodie bag and a BBQ at the end. And this year it’s the 10th anniversary of the event, so there will be some extra celebrations too. Here’s why you should take part in the Kyles 10 Miles 2019.
Walk or run
There’s something for everyone at the Kyles 10 Miles. You can either take it at your own pace and enjoy the scenery with the Walk or challenge yourself with the Run. The walkers set off at 11am and the runners set off at midday, both following the same route. Dogs and pushchairs are welcome on the walk.
Did we mention the scenery? You couldn’t have designed a more scenic route if you tried. Heading out from Tighnabruaich, the circular route follows a quiet coastal road around the Ardlamont peninsula. You’ll pass through rolling farmland and woodland copses, catch glimpses of secluded beaches and be treated to views across to Arran, Bute and Kintyre. You’ll finish at the Kames Hotel, which is right on the beach over looking the famous Kyles of Bute. Every year some of the runner have little paddle in the sea to cool down after the race!
Fun & friendly
The Kyles 10 Miles is renowned for being a friendly event. It’s organised by the community, and lots of local people chip in to help, from marshalling to flipping burgers. The local allotment group holds a Producers’ Market in the Kames Village Hall (where the registration desk is). Meet the local producers and stock up on delicious goodies, from locally roasted coffee to fantastic home baking. There are over 20 marshals along the course to point you in the right direction. They’re all local volunteers who help out every year and they’ll give you a big cheer as you pass. The Kames Hotel runs a BBQ at the end of the race. Kick back on the ‘paddock’ in front of the hotel with a well-earned drink and a burger and enjoy the views. The evening ceilidh is great fun, but is already sold out for 2019.
This is a challenging route, with inclines, descents and long flat straights and spectacular scenery. The first five miles of the race are hilly, while the final five miles flatten out as you head north along the coastal road towards the finish line at Kames. Whether you’re a seasoned club runner or a first timer, you’ll find this route has something to offer.
Fyne Fitness provide a fun warm up before the race. There’s chip timing, wicking t-shirts, race commentary and great goodie bags. Everyone over the finish line gets a medal, technical t-shirt and goodie bag. The winners receive vouchers to spend on Argyll’s Secret Coast.
Just 2 hours from Glasgow
Argyll’s Secret Coast is just two hours from Glasgow and the journey takes you through fabulous scenery. Why not make a weekend of it and discover all this area has to offer? Accommodation does get booked up for the Kyles 10 Miles weekend, so do book ahead if you’re planning to stay.
Places are filling up fast, so make sure you sign up for the Kyles 10 Miles online today!