Dunoon Ride and Run


Provisional results are HERE



RUN ONLY = £15


TEAM - 1 RUNNER / 1 RIDER = £28


Welcome to the Destination Dunoon inaugural Ride and Run challenge for people with a sense of adventure and a love of the outdoors.

The Dunoon Ride and Run is a new creative "multi-stage" riding and running event taking in some of the areas most popular routes on some of the areas most scenic spots.  

We stress this is more of an event than a race. Those that are super fit and want to race hard will not be disappointed, and the special timed sections will spice it up a bit and really bring out the competitors from within. Those who see this as a major personal challenge will be able to pace themselves and enjoy the adventure and the atmosphere of the day with like minded folk.

The course will not be littered with signage and support people, it will be left as untouched as possible to allow you to enjoy this environment in its natural state. With this comes some personal responsibility, which is a big part of the event ethos.


Registration will take place in theMarquee in  Argyll Garden from 6pm - 9pm on Friday 27th. Here you will be given race numbers, route maps, timing chips and start times.

If you cannot make it for registration on Friday night we will have a secondary sign-on from 7am until 8am on Saturday morning next to the band stand in Argyll Gardens - this will close at 8am prompt, so please arrive with plenty of time to get sorted.


The Ride

The ride will commence at 0800 on Saturday morning.  Groups will be set of in small groups.

The 31 mile cycle route will be run as a Sportive (with a twist) there will be 3 time trial stages.

There will be a ‘King of the Mountains’ climb of approximately 2 miles, followed by a 3m and 5m time trial. This unique format breaks the route down into stages. Go for it on the time trials, enjoy the transitions and await your cumulative time for the days racing.

Participants have the opportunity to relax, regroup with their friends and refocus before the time trial begins - just like our mountain bike buddies do at the Enduro format races.  We hope that the new race format will open up the course to riders and runners of all abilities.

The cycle will commence with a transition to let participants get their legs warmed  up ready  for the day ahead, starting at Argyll Gardens, following the coast road out beyond Hunters Quay, joining the A815 and heading  out through the village of Sandbank toward the first of the day’s time trials.


The Run

The run will commence at 1100, giving those riding the chance to complete the route.

The Dunoon Run ‘n Ride Enduro Run really does offer the runner a great selection. The 9.1mile route (14.7KM) route has everything - Road, Trail and Track. The route is designed to give participants a real flavour of the Dunoon area, from its fantastic esplanade and its many seascapes to little hidden country lanes and secret beauty spots we are sure it will be a real treat. Race the stages and enjoy the transitions with your friends….

Stage 1   Appox 2.8 miles  Flat

Stage 2   Approx 0.8 miles  Undulating

Stage 3   Approx 800m Sprint

Stage 4   Approx 2.6 miles  Hilly


How often have you thought during a training run or even a race, it would be great to have a bit of a break?! Mimicking the mountain bike enduro race format allows you to do exactly that – give it your all during the timed stages, and take it easy in between allowing you to enjoy the journey, reflect on the stage just gone, and socialise with your fellow participants.


The Ride and Run

The format breaks the route down into 7 wonderful stages - 3 on the bike and 4 on the feet. With each stage being raced, and participants receiving results for each stage as well as the combined overall result. Participants have the opportunity to relax a little, regroup with their friends and other like-minded folk and refocus before the next stage begins. Participants are allowed to walk or jog or cruise between stages (There will be an early start time and a clear finish time - all participants have to do is ensure they start and finish. NB this will be very, very generous). We aim to create a special and unique social vibe at the race. Participants will be set off in groups of 4 at pre selected start times start at approximately 3-minute intervals. 

The start / finish area in Argyll Gardens will welcome you with a relaxed family atmosphere whe you have finished, and also will be your transition area if you are doing to ride and the run..


We are really looking forward to working in Dunoon  and look forward to seeing you in March.




The Ride



TT1 is an undulating route along the side of Loch Eck past Benmore Gardens  and Pucks Glen. The stage is almost exactly 6 miles, we will be expecting some fast times on the first stage of the day.


TT2 after a short transition, it is straight into TT2 King of the Mountains, a short 1.5 mile stage with approx 450 ft of ascent. This stage does exactly what it says on the tin!


TT3 is different again and is best described as spectacular, following the  remarkable coast road,  participants  can expect to be treated to some  of the most amazing scenery that the area has to offer. At a little over five miles, we are sure you will love this stage.

Transition back to start/finish point :

A gentle amble alongside the Holy Loch, back through Sandbank Shore road where you could relax and check out the cosy Oakbank Pub or Holy Loch Coffee Shop and then into Dunoon, following the esplanade route again and into Argyll gardens for a quick change into your running shoes if you are riding and running, or for a celebration party if you are finished!


The Run
Stage 1

The first stage of the run is a 2.8mile (4.5km) flat run with a sting in the tail… The stage departs from the Coal Pier building just opposite Argyll Gardens in Dunoon town centre, where the transition and event hub will be. Runners will head along the coast following the esplanade, enjoying stunning vistas across the water and towards the mouth of the Holy Loch.  Keep an eye out for Jim Crow on the beach, just before Coffee Ahoy and Western Ferries Terminal !!! The final part of the stage will take runners into Hunters Quay Holiday village with a short uphill sprint to finish.
(Sprint is optional!)


Transition 1

The transition is fairly short, at approximately  800m and for those who want to be a bit more sociable, the café at Hunters Quay Holiday Village is an ideal spot to stop and refuel before commencing to stage 2.

Stage 2

The second stage at 0.8 of a mile (1.3km) is a complete contrast to stage one,  starting at sea level and  climbing gently out through Kennel wood, runners will   first be on a small tarred lane before  breaking on to a loamy trail before  a short descent to the stage end, just before Ferry Rd.


Transition 2

Transition 2 is 1.4 km (.9mile) following Sandbank High road back towards Dunoon. Participants are encouraged to cross the High road after leaving the end of stage 2 and follow the pavement down the hill, before crossing the high road again and heading into the atmospheric Dunoon Stadium.

Stage 3

A blast !!! Two laps of the track at Dunoon stadium, already we are hearing that many are looking forward to this quirky stage, just to see what it feels like and what will be a good time to cover just over 800m on the track. “Just over” 800m ? Yes, a Dunoon stadium lap has a slight and quaint measurement difference… at just over 400m per lap!!!!

Transition 3

Transition 3 is a 1.7Km (just over a mile) turning left out of the stadium towards Dunoon town centre, then turn right up Hamilton St and follow the footpath to the top, then along Alexander St to the start point at Nelson St and then up towards the hillside for the final and sensational stage of the day. ‘Re fuelling’ options all the way along the transition….

Stage 4

The final stage of the day : and it is a cracker !!! 2.6mile (4.3Km) and it really does have a wee bit of everything : climbing, descending on road trail within the Bishop’s Glen and then a fabulous forest descent and run around the West Bay coastline towards the finishing line, in the car park directly opposite Queens Hall.


Who's Coming

This is a list of entries for this event. If you think you should be here and you are not then let us know.


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1. Participation
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1.4 The Participant must present for registration process at the times and on the day as instructed in the Event Information which will be issued by the Event Organiser before the Event.
1.5 It is the Participant’s responsibility to provide and use necessary equipment which complies with rules and event regulations.
1.6 The Event Organiser may introduce cut off times as they see fit as part of the Event rules, being limits on the time taken to complete sections of the Event (as initiated by the Event Organiser at its discretion) to ensure the safe and proper running of the Event. Subsequently, participants may be instructed to withdraw from the event in accordance with imposed cut off times.
1.7 The Event Organiser reserves the right at any time to remove Participants from the Event or prevent Participants participating in the Event if in the Event Organiser’s sole discretion, it considers such action necessary for safety reasons or the proper enjoyment of the Event by other Participants or for any other reasonable reason. No refund of the Fee shall be made if the Participant has acted negligently, maliciously, with wilful misconduct or otherwise without due care and attention for the Event or other participants, so as to cause his/her removal.
1.8 While the Event Organiser takes every care with the staging of the Event, the Participant acknowledges that personal accident and personal items insurance is his or her sole responsibility.
1.9 The minimum age of entry for events is 16 years old at the 31st December of the Event year. Participants who are under 16 years old on the 31st December of the Event year may race in specific events if identified in the events specific rules.
1.10 All decisions and rulings by the Event Organiser, its employees and its agents are considered final. Accordingly, the Participant will comply with all Event rules and all instructions and guidelines given by stewards, marshals, and safety personnel. The Participant acknowledges and agrees that the Event Organiser will organise and run the Event and will have sole authority and be the final arbiter on all decisions relating to the safety, running and organisation of the Event, the rules of the Event, the timings/finish times and the placing.
1.11 These Conditions are personal to the Participant and it may not assign any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of the Event Organiser. The Participant represents and warrants that the Entry is purchased for personal use only, that it cannot be donated free of charge or otherwise given away for free, and that it is not purchased as part of any form of business or commercial activity (save as expressly authorised by the Event Organiser), and in particular, that the Entry may not be resold or offered for resale by anyone whether at a premium or otherwise and may not be used for advertising, promotion use as a prize (including in competitions and sweepstakes), travel packages, or for any other trade purposes. Donation, give away, resale or attempted resale is grounds for seizure or cancellation without refund or other compensation.
1.12 The Participant acknowledges and accepts that circumstances concerning an Event may change from time to time for reasons out of the Event Organiser’s reasonable control or otherwise, without the Event Organiser incurring any liability and without any rights to withdrawal being accrued by the Participant other than set out in clause 4 below. By way of example, and for illustration purposes only, car parking arrangements and issues with hotels, may arise/change but such changes/issues will not allow the Participant to withdraw and nor will the Event Organiser be deemed liable except as otherwise set out herein.
2. Bookings and Payments
2.1 In consideration for being granted the right to participate, the Participant must pay the Fee by no later than the closing date set out on the Entry Form.
2.2 The Participant shall either (a) complete the Entry Form online and submit it together with payment of the Fee online in accordance with the Event Organisers’ website or (b) complete the Entry Form by hand and fill in the appropriate card details and send it by post.
2.3 The Participant shall not be eligible or entitled to participate in the Event until full payment of the Fee has been received by the Event Organiser. No payment shall be deemed to have been received until the Event Organiser has received cleared funds.
3. Withdrawal, Cancellations or Alterations
3.1 The Event Organiser operates a 7 day cooling off period. Accordingly, the Participant is entitled to cancel his/her application to participate provided the Event Organiser receives written notice of cancellation within 7 days of payment of the Fee (payment being deemed made for the purposes of this clause 3.1 by clicking on the make payment link on the Protx Secure Payment webpage or receipt of the Entry Form sent by post in accordance with clause 2.1 above). During this 7 day period the Participant is able to cancel its entry and receive a full refund of the Fee by emailing [email protected] or writing to Event Organiser, No Fuss Towers, 20 Hillview Crescent, Corpach, PH33 7LS. The notice must be received before the end of the 7 day cooling off period.
3.2.1 If the event is cancelled due to circumstances out of the organisers control then no refunds will be offered. This includes situations such as adverse weather conditions or major incidents.
3.2.2 If the event is cancelled due to circumstances within the organisers control then entrants will be offered a 50% refund. Entrants must apply in writing (via email) to claim their refund. No refunds will be granted after one month has passed from the event date.
3.2.3 Entrants wishing to withdraw must inform the organiser by email. Entry fees will be refunded as follows; more than two months before 75% refund (less any Protx Secure Payment fees), more than one month before 50% refund (less any Protx Secure Payment fees). Less than one month - no refund.
3.2.4 Entries are not transferable.
3.3 In the event the Event Organiser withdraws the offer of a place to the Participant in the Event for any reason at any time it will provide the Participant with a full refund of the Fee, with no further liability whatsoever arising from such withdrawal. Notwithstanding this clause 3.7 no refund shall be made where otherwise set out herein (including for the avoidance of doubt clauses 1.3, 1.8).
3.4 The withdrawal policy set out in this clause 3 does not apply to Charity Pledge Place Participants whose places are the property of the charity.
4. Event Organiser Responsibilities/Liability
4.1 Notwithstanding anything in these Conditions the Event Organiser shall not be liable to the Participant for any liability in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise for any loss of business, revenue or profits, anticipated savings or wasted expenditure, loss or damage of or to personal equipment belonging to the Participant or any indirect or consequential loss or damage whatsoever (notwithstanding that such loss was within the contemplation of the parties at the date of submitting the Entry Form) arising out of the Participant taking part in the Event or any other matter arising under these Conditions nor for an aggregate amount greater than the Fee paid by the Participant. Without limiting the foregoing, the Event Organiser will not be liable for any actions of any spectators or other third parties unless otherwise set out herein.
4.2 Accordingly the Participant hereby expressly and irrevocably renounces, for him/herself, heirs and successors in title the right to any recourse or claims whatsoever against the Event Organiser, its officers, employees, suppliers and/or sponsors and/or persons for whom it is answerable (“Associated Parties”) as a result of any kind of physical, mental or other loss or damage of whatsoever nature (including any loss of earnings, profits, or pain and suffering) suffered by the Participant, directly or indirectly, or by his/her family or by any dependents and caused by an event in any way relating to the Participant’s participation in Event, and the Participant hereby undertakes, for him/herself, heirs and successors in title to indemnify and hold harmless the Event Organiser, and the Associated Parties for any costs and/or amount which they or any of them may be required to pay as a result of any recourse or claim aforesaid by whomsoever made. The Participant also agrees to indemnify the Event Organiser and the Associated Parties for any claim, actions, liabilities or losses resulting from any breach of the Participant’s declarations above and/or the Participant’s negligent acts or omissions and/or wilful misconduct.
4.3 Nothing in these Conditions shall exclude or limit the liability of the Event Organiser:
4.3.1 for death or personal injury caused by the Event Organiser’s negligence;
4.3.2 for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; or
4.3.3 for any matter which it would be illegal for the Event Organiser to exclude or attempt to exclude liability.
4.4 This clause 4 shall be read and construed and shall have effect subject to any limitation imposed by any applicable law.
5. Publicity and Results
5.1 The Participant irrevocably consents to:
5.1.1 his/her appearance in the Event being filmed, recorded, incorporated and exploited in whole or in part in any television programme, film, video or broadcast of whatever nature by all means and in all media and formats now or invented after the date of these Conditions; and
5.1.2 the use and reproduction of the Participant’s name, likeness, appearance and photographs, films and recordings by all means and in all media for the purpose of advertising, publicity and otherwise in relation to the exploitation of the Event (and future events) and/or the promotion of the Event (and future events) and the commercial rights relating to the Event (and future events) provided that such use does not imply direct endorsement by the Participant of any official sponsor or supplier of the Event.
5.2 Any film, photographs (by camera or mobile phone), or any other recording of moving or still picture, and all intellectual property in connection therewith (including but not limited to copyright) shall remain the property of the Event Organiser, and where such intellectual property does not automatically vest in the Event Organiser, these Conditions shall constitute a legally binding assignment thereof and/or the Participant shall sign all reasonable documentation required to give affect thereto. Accordingly any such recording shall not be used other than for private use without the Event Organiser’s prior written consent.
5.3 The Event Organiser will use best endeavours to provide an Event finish time for the Participant however it cannot be held responsible for any computer result anomalies or any technical malfunctions.
6. General
6.1 These Conditions (and the documents referred to in them) constitute the entire agreement and understanding of the parties and supersede any previous agreement between the parties relating to the Event. The Participant acknowledges and agrees that in submitting the Entry Form (and the documents referred to in it) it does not rely on, and shall have no remedy in respect of, any statement, representation, warranty, understanding, promise or assurance (whether negligently or innocently made) of any person (whether party to these Conditions or not) other than as expressly set out in these Conditions.
6.2 Nothing in these Conditions shall constitute or be deemed to constitute a partnership between the parties hereto or constitute or be deemed to constitute either party as agent of the other for any purpose whatsoever and neither party shall have authority or power to bind the other or to contract in the name of the other in any way or for any purpose.
6.3 No waiver by either party of a breach or a default hereunder shall be effective unless in writing and signed by both parties and any such waiver shall not be deemed to be a waiver of any subsequent breach or default of the same or similar nature.
6.4 To the extent permitted by law all provisions of these Conditions shall be severable and no provision shall be affected by the invalidity or unenforceability of any other provision with the remaining provisions if necessary, being so amended as shall be necessary to give effect to the spirit of these Conditions so far as possible.
6.5 These Conditions shall be interpreted in accordance with the laws of Scotland and any dispute arising hereunder shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts.