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Balloch to Clydebank half

Length
21.2 Kms
Elevation gain
89 m
Max elevation
30.3 m
Difficulty
**
Rating
***
Type
Point to point
Route id
555
Main road
11.8 Kms
Country road
0 Kms
Dirt road
0 Kms
Dirt path
9.4 Kms
Trail
0 Kms
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Cost :

27 GBP at 2020 prices

When :
Early March
Length:
21.15 Kms
Start :

Race starts from Lomond Shores at Balloch. Buses leave from Clydebank Leisure centre to the start.

End :
In 2020 the race finished about 1 mile from the leisure centre. This we were told was due to the small changes in the route due to road works. The folks at the end are really supportive.
Style :
Point to point
Size :
700

From 2020

Elevation :
89 m
Max Elevation :
30.3 m
Entry opens

Second half of the year

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RACE DESCRIPTION - Balloch to Clydebank half
Getting In
Entry is through Entry Central though this can sell out quickly.
Getting there
Clydebank leisure centre is easily accessible with lots of parking. Clydebank station is not far from the leisure centre.
Expo
Not applicable
Pre-run
Not applicable
Race day
On race day we arrived about 07:30 at Clydebank to board the bus to Balloch and the start line. Social chit chat was a bit limited due to the Corona virus, but never the less people were friendly enough.
On arriving at Balloch you can use the toilets at the shopping centre and you have about one hour before the start of the run.
The race starts in the far end of the car park and heads out to Balloch town. On reaching the main road you are quickly taken down onto the riverside path. This is flat and rather a nice part of the run even if in 2020 parts were flooded and the rain came on heavy for most of it. The path takes about
5 Kms
before going up a short incline at the Renton and onto the main road.
Traffic on a Sunday morning is light but you can feel a bit exposed on this pavement as you head to Dumbarton. In Dumbarton you have a short section on roads before you hit the cycle path near Dumbarton Academy. The path takes you along past the bonds and then up a short incline to the Bowling roundabout. From here you are back onto the pavements in quiet roads.
On several stretches of this part running gets a little awkward due to pedestrians and cars park on the pavement. Best not to grumble and just get on with it. Soon the Erskine bridge gives you hope that the finish is not too far.
There is a short section on Dumbarton road where the is more traffic, but as the runners have spaced out well at this point it is not an issue.
A flat'ish race and nearly full of club runners, but they are all nice people so they tell me.
The finish
Simple goodie bag and nice enough medal and technical tee. This is a small race so the finish line is as you would expect. We did the race in 2020 where numbers were down due to the Corona virus.
Where to stay
For this race we traveled on the day of the race. There are however hotels in the area and also Glasgow.
There are no directions logged for this route. This is normal if the route is a race.
The start line
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The mass crowds gather
The start line
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Another look at the start line
Finished
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The wee finish line
Finished
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Finisher medal blocking the view of the Titan crane
Finished
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Finisher medal with the Titan crane in the background
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