Burnmouth hosts one of the most scenic races on Scotland east coast and welcomes runners and cyclists of all ages on to the Brae Races on May 1 to raise funds for the RNLI.
The very first Brae Race took place in 1987 - a very ‘relaxed’ sponsored cycle up the 20% incline on the only road down to the harbour, with timing done using a kitchen clock at the top and bottom of the Brae.
The runners sprint was introduced in 1998 and with Berwick Wheelers giving the enthusiastic organisers a hand with some more sophisticated timing equipment the races began to grow in popularity.
1999 saw the addition of The Challenge, a 2.5 mile road race starting at the old Flemington Inn and in 2003 this was changed to 5k. The route now takes in an off road wooded section before heading down to the harbour and beach. Competitors are encouraged to take part in all three events though entries can be made for individual races.
Youngsters are also catered for with a Junior 2k race which takes place along the road then through the wooded section.
There is also a Junior Sprint up the Brae plus the individually timed cycle sprints up the brae.
A new and VERY competitive race introduced last year was the Emergency Services Sprint.
Numbers are limited and although there may be some spaces available on the day it is advisable to book in advance.
Entry forms for the race are available now online at: http://rnli-burnmouth-brae-race.weebly.com/ or from; Kenneth Wilson, 1 Ross, Lower Burnmouth, Berwickshire, TD14 5SS