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10 reasons why you should sign up for the Kyles 10 Miles road race!

10 reasons why you should sign up for the Kyles 10 Miles road race!
Places are filling up fast for the Kyles 10 Miles on Argyll’s Secret Coast! Known as ‘Scotland’s scenic road race’, this cracking road race is a gem with glorious coastal views at every turn. Here are 10 reasons why you should put Saturday 9th September in your diary and sign up online for the Kyles 10 Miles today.

1. The scenery
The Kyles 10 Miles route is a stunner, following a quiet coastal road around the Ardlamont peninsula on Argyll’s Secret Coast. The diversity and beauty of the landscape the route passes through is astonishing, from rolling hills to woodland copses to wild coastline. Catch glimpses of secluded beaches and glorious views across to Arran, Bute and Kintyre as you walk or run along.

2. The 10-mile route
Ten mile runs aren't that common and it's a brilliant length for a road race. Rise to the challenge of a course that combines inclines, descents, long flat straights and spectacular scenery, all against the clock. Heading off from the Royal an Lochan Hotel in Tighnabruaich, the undulating circular route offers challenges not found on many road race circuits in the west of Scotland. 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.

3. Race of the Year 2016
The Kyles 10 Miles was voted The Runbetweeners Race of the Year 2016 saying ‘Unbelievable scenery, beer on tap at the end and a BBQ followed by a ceilidh in the evening. A cracking race.'

4. The friendly vibe
The Kyles 10 Miles is a real community affair, and you can expect a hearty welcome, a friendly vibe and fantastic hospitality at the finish line. There are 17 marshals along the course to point you in the right direction. The marshals are all local volunteers and they’ll give you a big cheer as you pass.

5. The brilliant BBQ
The Kames Hotel runs a BBQ at the end of the race to provide much needed fuel. Kick back on the ‘paddock’ in front of the hotel with a well-earned drink and a burger and enjoy the views of the Kyles of Bute.

6. Just 2 hours from Glasgow
Argyll’s Secret Coast is just two hours from Glasgow and the journey takes you through fabulous scenery. You can drive via the famous ‘Rest & be Thankful’ mountain pass or by ferry via Dunoon. The last 15 minutes of your journey are spectacular as you climb over the mountains and enjoy the views of the Kyles of Bute (and the peninsula you will run around!) before you descend into Tighnabruaich.

7. All the extras
Chip timing, wicking t-shirts, race commentary and great goodie bags all add to the day. Plus there’s a local Producers’ Market held in the registration hall, with lots of local produce, crafts and home baking to tempt you.

8. Great prizes
Everyone over the finish line gets a medal, t-shirt and goodie bag. The winners receive vouchers to spend on Argyll’s Secret Coast.

9. Walkers welcome
You don’t need to be a runner to take part in the Kyles 10 Miles! The Kyles 10 Miles Walk follows the same route as the Run, but the walkers set off an hour earlier. Bring along friends and family, go at your own pace and enjoy the incredible views. Prams and dogs are welcome on the walk and there is no age limit. The walk is non competitive and walkers aren’t chip timed, but you will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag and medal (and a big cheer!) when you cross the finish line.

10. Make a weekend of it
Argyll’s Secret Coast is tucked away in a small corner of Argyll’s Cowal peninsula on the west coast of Scotland. Bordered by Loch Fyne and the Kyles of Bute, it’s an area of stunning natural beauty, with hills, glens, rugged coastlines, white beaches, clear waters and ancient forests. Why not make a weekend of it and discover all this area has to offer? You’ll find a great range of holiday accommodation and places to eat. Accommodation does get booked up for the Kyles 10 Miles weekend, so do book ahead if you’re planning to make a weekend of it.

Places are filling up fast, so make sure you sign up for the Kyles 10 Miles online soon.
Ardlamont pointGirls running Kyles 10 Miles The start line
The Kyles 10 MilesThe finish lineThe ceilidh
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