2018 Balloch to Clydebank Half Marathon: Sunday 25th March
2018 Runner’s Information:
This booklet will also be posted to runners along with their race numbers:
The 2018 race is proudly sponsored by Start Fitness:
In addition, we would like to thank the following parties for their continuing support of the race:
- Thomas Tunnocks Limited
- Barr Soft Drinks
- Loch Lomond Shores
Chip Timing will be provided by Stuweb.
Your Safety and Third Parties:
Runners are responsible for their own safety and should take care during the race particularly at road junctions. Please show consideration for other road users, do not impede pedestrians or motor vehicles on the race route and follow any instructions given by race marshals or the Police. Where there are pavements or footpaths use them. In particular runners should take care on the busy A812 road between Renton and Dumbarton where vehicles can legally travel at up to 60mph, run in single file on this section of the route and leave sufficient space for motor vehicles to pass without crossing the double white line. The wearing of ipods and other musical devices is not recommended as it may prevent runners from hearing passing traffic. Runners and their supporters should note that Seaforth Road where the race finishes is a private road, which will not be closed for the duration of the race. Vehicles belonging to Clyde Shopping Centre Management and Staff and delivery vehicles must be allowed unimpeded access during the race. Competitors disregarding any of these instructions may be disqualified.
Entry Fee includes transport by bus from the Playdrome, Abbotsford Road, Clydebank to Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch. Buses will depart no later than 8am and runners should ensure that they arrive at the Playdrome in good time. Runners should arrive changed and ready to run as there are no changing facilities available prior to the start of the race.
There are adequate parking facilities in the car park adjacent to the Playdrome and neighbouring car parks. Runners and their supporters travelling to Loch Lomond Shores by car should park in the overspill car park on the right hand side of Ben Lomond Way shortly after the entrance to Loch Lomond Shores.
To the Playdrome from Glasgow:
Take Clydeside Expressway (A814) westbound from Glasgow for about 3 miles to the end of the Expressway at a mini roundabout. Bear right at the mini roundabout into Dumbarton Road. Continue for a further 2 miles then cross boundary into West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow Road. After a further ¾ mile turn right into Argyll Road (signposted for the Playdrome and Clyde Shopping Centre) and turn left into Chalmers Street at a roundabout after passing under a railway bridge. Turn first right into Abbotsford Road and the Playdrome is on the right.
To Loch Lomond Shores from Glasgow:
Take M8 westbound from Glasgow towards Greenock. Leave M8 at Junction 30 and by M898 and cross Erskine Bridge. Leave Erskine Bridge on left hand lane by slip road signposted A82 Crianlarich. Continue on A82 for about 11 miles through Dumbarton to the Stoneymollan Roundabout on the outskirts of Balloch. Turn right at Stoneymollan Roundabout on to A811 Stirling Road and left (first exit) at next Roundabout at McDonalds. Shortly thereafter bear right (second exit) at a mini roundabout at the entrance to Loch Lomond Shores clearly marked. Parking is in the overspill car park on the right. To get to the start turn right out of the car park & right at the mini roundabout. The entrance to the pedestrian concourse is on the left and Drumkinnon Tower is on the right of the pedestrian concourse facing the shops. Runners intending to drive direct to Loch Lomond Shores will require to make their own arrangements for recovery of their vehicle as transport is not provided by the organisers after the race.
Toilet facilities will be available from 8.30am at Loch Lomond Shores in the toilets adjacent to Jenners. Access to the toilets is from the door adjacent to the bus and car parks on the opposite side of the store from the pedestrian concourse. Toilet facilities will also be available after the race only in the Playdrome.
Changing and Showers:
Changing and showers are available in the Playdrome after the race.
As space is limited, one small bag only per runner may be taken on the bus. One bus will return to the Playdrome with the baggage after the start of the race. To reduce risk of loss all clothing should be packed in bags which are zipped shut and clearly marked with the runners name and address or race number. Please do not leave your clothing in carrier bags or other receptacles from which items can fall or be dropped while in transit. It is recommended that valuables are not left on the bus.
First Aid Services:
Will be supplied this year by the Red Cross and the First Aid Officials will patrol the course until the last runner completes the race. If you have a medical condition, which you consider that the First Aid Officials should be aware of, please mark a cross in red ink on the front of your race number and details of the condition on the reverse of the number. If details of the condition are notified to the Race Organiser prior to the race date, these details will be passed to the Chief First Aid Official.