Free to Run activities in Scotland!

A team of runners will take on the Glentress Trail races, in the stunning Scottish Borders, to raise money for Free to Run. This group of friends, led by Sue Gyford and Lucy Murdoch, live in Edinburgh and share a love trail running. They were so impressed when they read about our work at Free to Run that they decided to come together to support us. 

As well as taking part in the Glentress Trail Marathon themselves, Lucy and Sue have recruited a team of friends to join them. The team is nine-strong, and expected to grow as they recruit more of their running buddies. They'll be running different distances in the Glentress trails, including a 10K, half marathon and full marathon. These routes explore the stunning forests and hills of the Glentress mountain biking centre. Several members of the team have previously ridden there, and will now tackle these routes on foot in support of Free to Run. As you might expect, there’s a hill or two... The marathon includes 5,000ft of ascent over its two laps, but there are fantastic views as a reward!

The group, now calling themselves Free to Run Scotland, are keen to recruit as many people as possible to join them, so if you’re  interested in taking part, please see their team info below! They’re also welcoming people who might want to take part in other races around the same time to join the fundraising team. 


I’m in! Where do I sign up? 

Hooray! Go and sign up for the race of your choice here. You’ll need to pay for the entry yourself, but we will provide you with a FREE Free to Run T-shirt as part of the team to wear on the day. When signing up, be aware that the routes are hilly, but there’s plenty of time to train, and no shame in walking the uphills! 

I think this sounds cool, but I’m not sure yet if I want to take part. What can I do? 

No worries! Come and join us in our Free to Run Scotland Facebook group  That way you can keep in touch, see who else is thinking of taking part, chat with each other and find out more about Free to Run. It would also be great to have some keen and cheery supporters on the day, so there are plenty of ways to get involved. The group is where we’ll do most of our comms, so make sure you join us there! 

I’m in - how do I fundraise? 

We have created a Just Giving Group Page. Click on the ‘Join the Team’ link at the bottom of the page to create your individual page, linked in to our group. Once you are set up, send out your page to your family and friends. There is no minimum sponsorship, but every penny will be put to good use. As well as money, we’re keen to raise awareness of Free to Run’s work, so you could also send the link to this website when you mail people.

I know some other people who might be interested, can they participate too? 

Yes, of course, the more the merrier! Please send this post onto anyone you like (including the men - we already have some on the team!).

Can we train together? 

That would be awesome - if it turns out we have lots of people in similar locations, it would be great to share some of our training runs and even go out together for the odd rest day kale smoothie (/cake…) - we’ll see how things develop and who signs up. 

What if I’d rather run a different race because I’m busy that weekend, I’m way too gnarly for trail running, or I’d just rather do something else? 

That would be great too. You can still join the Just Giving Group, using your individual page for the actual fundraising (you can use the name of the race you’ll be doing instead of Glentress). If you’d rather do something completely different, like sell cakes at work, then you can still do this through Just Giving by adding the money yourself.

I’ve got another question

Just drop a wee email to Lucy and/or Sue and we’ll be happy to help.

See you on the trails!

Lucy & Sue