Big Hike Loch Lomond 2023

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Take on our one-day Big Hike challenge at the Loch Lomond. 

Choose between a full or a half marathon and explore the great outdoors - all while raising money for life-saving research.

Take on the full marathon 

Take on the half marathon 

About Big Hike Loch Lomond

Start and finish venue: Drymen Show Field, Drymen Bridge, Drymen, Stirlingshire, G63 0EY

Arrival window full marathon: between 07:00 am and 07:45 am on Saturday 10 June 2023

Arrival window half marathon: between 09:00 am and 09:45 am on Saturday 10 June 2023 

Distance full marathon: 26.3 miles, 721 metres elevation gain

Distance half marathon: 13.5 miles, 422 metres elevation gain

Fundraising target:  Did you know that paying your entry fee of £25 helps us cover the cost of putting the event on? But it doesn't stop there. The money raised by you is what helps us save lives. We suggest that you set a fundraising target of at least £250 towards our life-saving research.

We're with you every step of the way

we are with you for every mile

Once you've signed up, we'll send you everything you need to reach your fundraising target, including:

  • A fundraising pack and your own online giving page
  • Training plan
  • Access to our Strava community 
  • Your Big Hike event pack

Go to the Big Hike Information Hub

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What you get as a Big Hike participant

Event hub: Drymen Show Field, Drymen Bridge, Drymen, Stirlingshire, G63 0EY . This is where all participants (full and half marathons) must report to on the morning of the event, and you will be able to park your car here for the duration of your Big Hike.

We strongly recommend that you use the following 'What 3 Words' link to identify the precise location of your Big Hike venue: ///retail.salmon.lime.

Arrival time full marathon: Please report to Drymen Show Field between 07:00 am and 07:45 am. Upon arrival at Drymen Show Field, you will then take a complimentary bus journey (approximately 45 minutes) to the start line at Stronachlachar. Please see more details in the ‘Event Day information’ section below.

Arrival time half marathon: Please report to Drymen Show Field between 09:00 am and 09:45 am

Free car parking is available to all Big Hike participants at Drymen Show Field.

The closest train station to the start/finish venue is Balloch. Please visit the National Rail website for full timetables.

The event hub is wheelchair-friendly, but the course is not. 
 

For the Full marathon: 

  • All participants must report to the event hub at Drymen Show Field between 07:00 am and 07:45 am on Saturday 10 June 2023
  • Free parking available at Drymen Show field for all Big Hike participants.
  • You will then take a complimentary bus journey (approximately 45 minutes) to the start line at Stronachlachar. You will then hike the marathon route back to Drymen Show Field.
  • Important: there is no parking available for Big Hike participants at Stronachlachar, therefore you must park at Drymen Show Field and take the complimentary bus.
  • Due to onsite logisitcs, our coaches operate to a strict schedule. Therefore it is vital that you don’t miss the 07:00am - 07:45am arrival window at Drymen Show Field.

For the Half marathon: 

  • All participants must report to the event hub at Drymen Show Field between 09:00 am and 09:45 am on Saturday 10 June 2023
  • Free parking available at Drymen Show field for all Big Hike participants.

Other information for both events:

  • You will receive a safety briefing before starting your Big Hike.
  • There won’t be any lockers so pack light but remember your water bottle. Bring your Cancer Research UK t-shirt, back sign and hiking number and don’t forget to add your emergency details.
  • Check the weather forecast in the build up to your Big Hike, and pack appropriately for the conditions.  
  • Weather conditions can change throughout the day. Stay sun safe using sunscreen with at least SPF15 and a 4 or more star rating.
  • Toilets and first aid services will be available at the start/finish areas and at the support points along the route. Water refill points, hot drinks and snacks will be provided at the support points. 
  • Full marathon participants will receive lunch at the second support point, followed by a hot meal at the finish. Half marathon participants will receive a hot meal at the finish. Dietary requirements will be catered for on the day.
  • Your Big Hike will also be chip timed (you will notice the little chip device attached to your hiker number). So after your event, you will be able to view your personalised timings. 

Read our FAQs for more information about Big Hike 2023.
 

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