Cambus Canters is an informal series of 6 time trials held each year with the aims of encouraging individual training and progress and of identifying the most improved Deeside Runner of the year.
The 4.5km time trials run over the same course on the last Thursday of each month from March to August.
First runners off shortly after 7:00pm
Since COVID-times, the Canters have been run as a hybrid-virtual event – either turn up on the night, or run in your own time each month and submit your result. In 2023 virtual run times need to be submitted (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the end of the last Wednesday in the month.
Cambus Canters has been running since 2000. Initially following a “normal” race format this was adjusted in 2003 to a handicap format, which has been followed every year since. How the handicap format works
The route is shown below, starting from the Forestry and Land Scotland “Cambus O’May” carpark
In 2022 storms brought many trees down onto the old yellow trail course, so a lovely new “Cambus Canters 2022 route” was set up instead and this has been used for the 2022 series onwards.
The new course isn’t all new. It starts and finishes in the same places that the old course started and finished. It also follows the same trails and paths in part, but also includes two new sections of path which were not part of the original course. In total it is a little longer at about 4.5km, includes a bit more climb, has more twists and bends and it also avoids the long fast “land rover track” descent which formed part of the original course.
Permanent red markers are present along most of the route. A few permanent blue markers are also present between junctions E and G (see map). No additional markers are set out on the night by Deeside Runners.
Runners participate at their own risk.
The route follows footpaths and land rover tracks and crosses a small stream and 3 footbridges through the Cambus O’May woods. In places it can be rocky, it can be muddy, there are some steep slopes, exposed roots and some steps. It can be slippy underfoot particularly in adverse weather conditions and on the bridges. If in doubt slow down and take care! Runners should be familiar with the course, its route and its navigation. If participating for the first time runners are recommended to reconnoitre it in advance.