Pad Race

2018 Neilston Pad Race, Sat May 5th @10am



It’s on: There will be mud and rosettes!

The Pad Race has long been part of Neilston Show, and we are delighted at its return this year.

Are you up to the challenge?

The 4.5 mile event starts in the Neilston Show field in Scotland's 6th highest village, and circles the iconic Neilston Pad (pictured above). This is primarily a trail race with a short section on public roads, and runners of all ability are welcome, - it’s a race for some and a run for others! Will you have time to enjoy views extending from Tinto Hill to Arran, or to spot the buzzards, dippers, stonechats, roe deer, foxglove and harebells along the route? Make a day of it and enjoy the Show once you pass the finish line.

Trophies are awarded for fastest male and female; fastest under-21 year old; fastest male vet; fastest female vet, and all participants will receive refreshments at the finish line.

Basic changing facilities are available for runners and bags can be left in the race tent (though it’s advisable not to leave anything valuable). Footwear is entirely your choice, but you’re unlikely to regret going for something with grip. You may well regret wearing your shiniest new trainers if you want them to stay immaculate!

Entrants for the run must be 16 years of age or over.

The run is held under UK Athletic rules and is a Scottish Athletics registered event.


Pad Run entry fees:

Entry in advance £10 (£8 for Scottish Athletics members) with free entry to Neilston Show
(closes on 30th April 2018)
Entry on the day  £12 £6 Neilston Show entry (payable at gate) plus £6 race entry (£4 for Scottish Athletics members) payable at race tent.
(cash only by 9:15am at race tent)


Race registration will close at 9.30am on the day.

Advance entry is cheaper and helps keep administration on race day to a minimum.


Download the entry form here: 

Please email your completed entry form to, and direct any pre-race queries to this address.


Enjoy your day at Neilston Show





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