Dark Skies Run @ Galloway - 29

The darkest skies in Scotland.

Dark Skies Run Galloway.

21st October 2017

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Race Information.

Runners are being given an out of this world opportunity to race under some the darkest night skies in Scotland(and the world). The ‘Dark Skies Run’ at Galloway Forest, will take place on 21st October 2017.

In November 2009 the International Dark-Sky Association conferred Dark Sky Park status on the Galloway Forest Park, which was the first Dark Skies Park in Europe. So it makes an ideal setting for our second Dark Skies Run Series. There are 29.5 mile and 14 mile options for the race, which will be based from the excellent Kirrroughtree Vistors Centre.

Galloway Forest Video.

Race Vital Statistics
Cut Off
Entry Limit
Dark Skies Run @ Galloway - 29

Course Records

Male TBA 2017 TBA
Female TBA 2017 TBA

Race Information

Race Information

Information on race and registration.

Race Entrants

List of people in the race

Race Schedule

Information about Race Day

Race Checkpoints

Examine checkpoints and the course.

Mandatory Kit

Mandatory kit to be carried at all times.

Race Rules

What you can and can't do in a race.

Terms and Conditions

Information on payments, refunds and waivers.

Race Results/Photographs

Free race photographs and results.

Trails, Paths & Roads

Race Location:

Galloway Forest Park, Dumfries and Galloway

Click here for more 2017 Dark Skies Photographs
Dark Skies Run @ Galloway - 29
Dark Skies Run @ Galloway - 29
Dark Skies Run @ Galloway - 29
Dark Skies Run @ Galloway - 29
Dark Skies Run @ Galloway - 29
Dark Skies Run @ Galloway - 29
General Information


The race opens for entries on 11th November 2016. There will be 300 places available for the race.

The entry fee is £42.50

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Kirroughtree Forest - Galloway Forest Park

Situated in the heart of Galloway, southern Scotland, offers spectacular views and a diversity of dramatic scenery. Three hundred square miles of wild beauty are waiting to be explored, here, in Britain's largest forest park. The area is known as the "highlands of the lowlands", the Galloway Forest Park offers an endless assortment of things to see and do, to suit everyone, in some of the most breathtaking scenery Scotland has to offer. It also has some of the darkest skies in Scotland.

Cut Offs

The race must be completed within 8 hours. There additional cut off times for the checkpoints. Please see the Checkpoints page for further information.

Start/Finish Area


Race registration will be at Kirrough Tree Forest Visitor Centre.

Kirrough Tree Forest Visitor Centre

Forest Drive,

Newton Stewart,

Dumfries and Galloway,


Map for Kirroughtree

Route & Course Markings

The course will be fully marked and takes you into the Galloway Forest Park.

A full course route and supporting gpx files can be found below.


All entrants get their race t-shirt, if they enter at least two weeks before the race. All finishers get a race medal.

The are also prizes for the categories shown below.

Senior 40-49 50-59 60 plus
Top 3 Males and Females Top Male and Female Top Male and Female Top Male and Female

Aid stations/Check points

There will be 4 fully stocked check points. Check points will have as a minimum: water, coke, chocolate, jelly babies, nuts, fruit and crisps. There will be food and hot drinks at the finish.

A full list of checkpoints can be found here.

Crew & Pacers

No support crew or pacers are allowed for this race.


All of the check points have basic first aid facilities. If you suffer an injury or accident that warrants direct medical attention and you are not able to get to an aid station, then please try to phone one of the race directors(07734309500 or 07984307900). If you have no phone contact, ask any runners that pass you to relay the message. There will also be a race sweeper accompanied by a cyclist.

If you are injured but able to walk, please make your way to the nearest check point. If you suffer a severe injury, encounter someone in serious difficulty or are in any doubt at all please call 999 for emergency ambulance services.

Nearest local hospital

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, Bankend Road,Dumfries,DG1 4AP. 01387 246246

Mandatory Kit

  1. Whistle
  2. Head torch(with spare batteries)
  3. Survival bag/Foil Blanket
  4. Hat and gloves
  5. Waterproof jacket
  6. Minimum of 500ml water
  7. Emergency food/sport bar
  8. Mobile phone number of the race directors +447734309500 (Tim) +447984307900 (Garry)
  9. Fully charged phone

Race Lifts

This year we are using a car sharing website developed by a runner that aims to save you money, and reduce the carbon footprint of the event:

http://RaceLifts.org car sharing

We would be most grateful if EVERYONE coming to the Dark Skies Run race could try out the site (even if you don't expect to car share). It only takes a minute and is completely free to use. As well as saving you petrol money, it will ease the parking headaches for us at the race.