Round Strathaven 50

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The ‘Round Strathaven 50’ Charity cycle event was held for the first time in 2002, using the same route as two 50 mile sponsored walks organised by the Strathaven Scout Group in 1968 and 1970. It has attracted an increasing number of participants each year, and in its 13 years to date has raised £65,000 for the benefit of both the Strathaven Scouts and Guides, a number of local Scottish Charities including Capability Scotland, CHAS Scotland, the East Kilbride based Kilbryde Hospice Appeal and Child Line in Scotland and also of the Charity, Health Help International, for its work of healing and help for the poor and destitute in Southern India and Zambia.

The RS50 is held every August and is a challenging cycle run, following a route of 50 miles around the Strathaven area through the surrounding villages of Sandford, Glassford, Chapleton and Auldhouse. The growing number of experienced cyclists who take part see the 50 mile route as presenting them with a worthwhile challenge. There is also an alternative and equally popular 15 mile route for those who prefer a lesser but equally worth-while challenge and for families with younger children.

The next RS50 takes place on Sunday 20 August 2017

Register using the Event Central website.

The 50 mile event starts between 10.00 and 11.00 am and the 15 mile event between 1.00 and 2.00 pm. If you would like more information please contact Iain Park (see Contact Us).

In conjunction with the two cycling events, the John Lucas Memorial Ultra Run involves runners from around the UK tackling the 50 mile route. This starts in the same location at 8.00 am and is organised by the Strathaven Striders - contact them for more information and entry details. As in 2014 the Striders are also inviting entries from up to forty relay teams of five runners to tackle the 50 miles course.

Information & Instructions for Round Strathaven 50-mile and 15-mile events

The start point for both events is from the Kirkland Park Primary School, off Lethame Road. The post code for the Sat Nav is ML10 6DY. Some free car parking is available in the car park at the top of the George Allan Park off Threestanes Road. In view of the growing popularity of the RS50 other car parks throughout the town will be made available and car parking will be co-ordinated and controlled on the day by the organisers. The location of car parks and further information will be provided to entrants before the event.


Directions to the school: From the traffic lights in the centre of Strathaven, turn westwards into Lethame Road, bear right at the next junction up Threestanes Road and then after rising up with the Park on your right, bear left at the next junction into Kirkland Park Avenue and shortly after turn left into the school. For the car park instead of turning into Kirkland Park Avenue continue up Threestanes Road and the Car Park is immediately on your right.

Registration takes place in the Kirkland Park School where you will be issued with a ride number which is required to be fixed securely to your bike. For the 50 mile event you can start between 10.00 and 11.00 am and for the 15 miles between 1.00 and 2.00 pm. The start for both will be from the school entrance in Lethame Road.

Along the well signposted routes there will be marshalls at various check points and road crossings who are there to monitor progress and to aid safety. The route is such that it is possible to opt out at any stage and there will be facilities for getting you back to the school.

Refreshments are available on the 50 mile route at the village halls in Sandford (at 20 miles) and Glassford (at 30 miles) and at Skeoch Crossroads for both routes (about halfway round the 15 miles) The finish is back at the school where further refreshments are available. Please check in with the marshals there and return your ride number to make sure we know you are back safely.

Tea & Cakes, from Strathaven to The World - report from 2014

Once again those good folk from Friends of Strathaven Scouts have cajoled and coerced cycling enthusiasts from near and far to raise more than £10,000 for good causes, including the upkeep of the local Scout & Guide Hall, and the future of the various associated packs of local youngsters.

The annual Round Strathaven 50 cycle run attracted more than 500 cyclists, most covering the full 50 mile circuit but with the family friendly 15 mile run also busy. The 2014 event evoked the spirit of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games and to add to the occasion more than 200 runners joined in the fun, with some seriously hard-core ultra runners tackling the full course together with numerous teams in relay.

On the day the weather was cruel, but not as unkind as feared. Strong winds kept the times down, and made marshalling difficult in the logistics of being in the right place at the right time. But the rain largely kept a distance, the darkening clouds rolling round the surrounding hills as the wheels rolled the local roads.

And despite the weather the organisers were delighted to welcome to the finish young Daisy Taylor, at only seven years old the youngest to complete the full 50 mile challenge. With her brother Finlay she urged on her parents, local bakers, Barry and Claire, to ensure a family finish after a long day in the saddle.

The feedback from participants is very heartening, with many promises of a return next year as cyclists headed back to the car park, or as some did, to warm down with another lengthy cycle home. Cakes are a recurring theme in the comments, and the quality and extent of the home baking available provided plenty fuel, and too much temptation, at the feeding stations, with cakes at Sandford and hot tea in china cups at Glassford amongst the plaudits.

The event takes much planning, with signage improving each year and teams of marshalls enjoying the day out just as much as the participants, combining to create a very special atmosphere. Planning has already begun for August 2015.

The second edition of the popular Round Stra’ven 50 Route Guide published by FOSS is now available – priced £5. The booklet describes both routes together with a number of variations. It not only provides a detailed description of the routes with accompanying OS maps but includes lots of information about the area and the places and items of interest which can be seen or visited and it should prove of interest to not only cyclists but walkers and even runners. Copies can be obtained by contacting Iain Park (see Contact Us for details) or a copy can be obtained at the discounted price of £4.50 from various Strathaven Business Association outlets in Strathaven for those holding The Strathaven Card – visit its website.


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