Pad Race

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



It’s on: There was mud and rosettes!

The Pad Race has long been part of Neilston Show, and we are delighted at its return for 2018.

A sincere thanks to all the first timers, old timers, and everyone else who turned out for the reinstated 2018 pad race, - it’s great to be back!

Congratulations to Kieran Cooper, our youngest entrant and race winner in an amazing 27:28, Euan Cunningham who was 2nd and also under 30 minutes, and some old git in 3rd. Top female was Eleanor Bailey in an impressive 39 minutes, with Rhona Bennie just edging Gillian McKinlay in the battle for 2nd and 3rd. Rhona was also 1st F50, Colin Wylie was 1st M40 in 6th overall, Iain Edenborough was 1st M60, and a special mention to grim Graeme Orr, 1st in the M70 class and an impressive 24th overall, not too far ahead of Stuart Irvine, our oldest entrant who stormed home in under 45 minutes in 27th place. 


Wear your rosettes with pride,and remember to  stick May the 4th in your diaries as it would be great to see you back.


Next year’s race is on May 4th, so we’ll be playing up the Star Wars theme (see 2019 logo)!


Are you up to the 2019 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 via Entry Central; £10*

(£8* for Scottish Athletics members) with free entry to Neilston Show

* plus 50p booking fee

(closes on 3rd May 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 9:30am at race tent)


Race registration will close at 9.45am on the day.

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


If paying by cheque: please download the entry form here and 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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