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Slow Marathon 2015 Portsoy to Huntly

24th-26th April 2015

Portsoy to Huntly along the former Railway Line

Slow Marathon's 26 mile/42 kilometre route took place along the former railway route from Portsoy to Huntly and was created by artist Stuart McAdam through his Lines Lost project.

We had great participation this year - just under a hundred people set off for the challenge on early Saturday morning (7.45am - way too early!) from Portsoy after having registered and receiving the vital survivals’ information pack on the preceding evening. There very much needed refreshments were provided on the way, as the weather showed in all its unpredictable Scottish range. One of the most popular stops was at the Knock Distillery with liquid support generously provided by the company (Thank you!)

The first super-fast marathoners arrived to the finish line in Deveron Arts’ office just before 4pm. The slowest team, who, in this case, are the winners, took slightly over 12 hours to complete the route and arrived after 8pm. The finish line was ready to welcome the tired walkers with an abundance of food by Rhynie Women, post-marathon SMart Stretching, and hot water foot baths to relax & rewind.

The event was accompanied by Pathmakers’ Gathering on Sunday 26th April, a series of talks, a discussion and food held in local Huntly’s Cricket Club.

The Slow Marathon celebrates the human pace. It is both an endurance event, attracting walkers from all walks of life, and a poetic act, bringing art and walking together. It is now an annual event, originating in 2012 when the first Slow Marathon was planned by Ethiopian artist Mihret Kebede.

Fri 24 April, 7pm Gordon Arms Hotel, Huntly: registration (explanation of route)

Before booking please download and read the info pack. Keep this in a safe place to remind you of the walk essentials.

Registration: Tickets £35; to get on the waiting list follow this link.


Where can I download the information pack?
The information pack is available here 

Are there ID requirements or 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/parking options getting to Huntly?
There are bus and train connections from Aberdeen and Inverness to Huntly.

What should I bring to the event? What happens if I am injured or tired and can not finish the full stretch of the 26 mile route?
Please make sure you bring all the things listed in the information pack.
If you feel you have to finish earlier, you can call a taxi to pick you up. In the case of an accident you need to call emergency services. However, you must call our office to make sure that we de-register you.

Where can I contact the organiser 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 from Portsoy or be picked up by the bus on another point on the route?
Sorry for safety reasons we can only accept walkers who join the bus in Huntly Square at 7am on the Saturday 25 April.

Do I have to come on the Friday night 7pm for registration? 
Yes, please. You must register on friday night, when we will tell you about the route, all safety measurements and hand out the maps. It is not possible to register on Saturday morning or before friday night.

What is the refund policy?
Sorry we have kept the fee as low as we can. Hence we can not accommodate refunds.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
No, the person registered is the person entered in the Slow Marathon.

Can I bring a dog?
Sorry, this is lambing time and lots of lifestock on the route. 

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