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Slow Marathon 2019

Sat 20 & Sun 21 April, Huntly Town Square

Our annual 42k / 26 miles walking event

'The Ba'Hill, the Battlehill, the Clashmach and the Bin, they all form a circle and Huntly lies within'.

The Slow Marathon is a curated walking event celebrating the human pace. This year we will explore themes of poetry and our common right to roam through a route inspired by this local poem. It is a circle of beautiful and varied terrain - including woodland, farmland, hills, and the banks of the river Deveron - starting and finishing in Huntly.

Curated with Norma D Hunter we invite you to challenge your endurance and participate in artistic activities that help you appreciate the local environment and our access to it.

Download this years map and info pack.

Sat 20 April, 4pm, Gordon Arms Hotel 
Pathmakers' Gathering
Discussion: Walking, Poetry and the Commons; followed by registration
with Calum Rodger and John Bolland
Sun 21 April, 6.45am, Huntly Square 
Rambling Rhymes Slow Marathon 2019
Slow Marathon 42k walk
Slow Marathon Weekend Tickets
Early Bird: finished
Regular tickets: £30 
Student/full-time self-employed artists: £15 (please provide evidence)
18 and under: £10 (see our youth poetry competition here)
All tickets include entry to both Saturday's discussion event, and to Sunday's Slow Marathon.

/ About the Slow Marathon

Slow Marathon, co-concepted with Ethiopian artist Mihret Kebede in 2012, is our annual walking event. Celebrating the human pace, it is both an endurance event as well as a poetic act that brings together friendship, physical activity and an appreciation of our varied landscape.

/ FAQs

What does the booking fee entail?
This year's circular route does not require bus transport to its start, resulting in the ticket being cheaper than in other years. Your fee includes a route map and a buffet of delicious vegan food at the end. Surprise snacks and entertainment may also be incorporated on the route. 

Is there an age limit to enter the event?
Please enter your age in the booking form. If you are under 18 you must be accompanied by an adult.

What are my transport options getting to Huntly?
There are bus and train connections to Huntly from Aberdeen and Inverness.

What should I bring to the event?
You will receive a detailed information pack, including route map, on registration from 4pm on Saturday. For a good idea of how to prepare ahead of time, and what to pack, please read our walking guide.

What happens if I am injured or tired and cannot finish the full stretch of the 26 mile route?
If you feel you have to finish earlier, you can call a taxi (01466 794949) to pick you up. In the case of an accident, you will need to call emergency services. In either event, you must also call our office to make sure that we de-register you and know that you are safe.

Where can I contact the organisers with any questions? How can I update my registration details?
Keep an eye on our facebook and website for updates. If you have a question or want to update your details, give us a ring on: 01466 794494.

Can I start en route, or be picked up by the bus on another point on the route?
Sorry, we can only accept walkers who start in Huntly Square at 6.45am on the Slow Marathon day.

Do I have to come on Saturday at 4pm for registration? 
Yes, please. You must register on Saturday evening, when we will tell you about the route, all safety measures and hand out the maps. It is not possible to register on Sunday morning or before Saturday night.

Can my ticket be refunded?
Sorry, we have kept the fee as low as we can, and are therefore unable to accommodate refunds.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
No, the person registered must be the person who will walk the Slow Marathon. 

Can I bring a dog?
Sorry, this is lambing time and our route will take us through farmers' fields; we cannot allow dogs to be walking near the livestock.


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