Fancy dress Braverunners tackle the Flodden trail

'To the Brave of Both Nations' comes the world's first contra-circumnavigation trail race to commemorate the Battle of Flodden Field 1513
'To the Brave of Both Nations' comes the world's first contra-circumnavigation trail race to commemorate the Battle of Flodden Field 1513

Will it be the ‘Brave of Both Nations’ or the slightly unhinged of both nations running the Braverunner Flodden trail race next month?

Billed as the world’s first contra-circumnavigation trail race, English teams will run one way around the course, and are guaranteed to meet the Scottish teams running in the opposite direction - at which point battle will commence.

When the opposing teams meet they will set to with their inflatable claymores and foam shields - then once the 2013 battle is over they will continue on their way, regardless of who wins the battle of the inflatable weapons.

Hundreds of runners are expected to turn up in head torches and impractical mediaeval fancy dress for the race on Saturday, October 12, to commemorate the Battle of Flodden Field 1513.

They will race from dusk into the night, running 15km along the undulating trails and historic battlefield locations, crawling through culverts and tunnels, wading through water and marching through mud.

The England and Scotland teams will raise their standards at the start of the race at Etal village and the excitement of the night time trail, with obstacles and enemies along the way, will also include music, light effects and projections at various points along the course.

As well as starting and finishing at Etal the Braverunner route takes in Flodden Field, Flodden Hill and Pallinsburn.

BraveRunner is being organised by Durty Events, a Selkirk based events company.

Paul McGreal of Durty Events said: “Entries are now open for BraveRunner, our fantastic new 15km trail running race, based on the famous Flodden Field battleground in Northumberland, with lots of audacious twists.

“This will be a fun and reasonably challenging run on an undulating rather than hilly course aimed at all fitness levels.

“Bring your head torch, ensure your inflatable swords are blown up and look out your mediaeval battle dress.

“We promise that you won’t finish with dry feet, but you will have ample opportunity to play in the mud and splash in the water.

“We’re using fields, forests, rolling hills, tunnels, paths, rivers, streams and a tiny bit of tarmac.”

The team with the fastest average time will be declared the winner at Flodden 2013 followed by partying like it’s 1513!

Enter the race on the BraveRunner website - http://www.braverunner.com/