It would be well worth going cross country for this view!

House of the Binns''Image by: Malcolm McCurrach
House of the Binns''Image by: Malcolm McCurrach

House of the Binns in Linlithgow, family seat of the Dalyells for 400 years, is to become the base for what organisers hope will become an annual event.

The inaugural Cross Country 5k run will see hundreds of runners pound their way around the scenic location.

The run which takes place on Sunday, March 1, comprises an undulating and challenging off road course, mostly on cross country grass/dirt sections, and a couple of short sections on trail/hardpack grit road of the estate.

Depending on the weather, normal running shoes may be suitable (so long as you don’t mind them getting very muddy!), but trail or fell running shoes would be preferable.

Registration takes place in front of the House between 8-9am and entrants are requested to arrive in plenty of time to park and register before 9am.

Race numbers will be provided at registration. The race briefing will take place at 9.15am, and attendance is mandatory for all runners taking part.

Organiser Gregor Angus said: “There are lots of road races of 5km, 10km and longer in and around Edinburgh and the Lothians.

“But with scenery and terrain like that around the Forth at places like the House of the Binns, I wanted to put on an event that was a bit different, and highlighted the surroundings that we have on our doorstep.”

Runners can sign up at: although entries close on Tuesday, February 24.

The race will start promptly at 9.30am on the day and participants must be 18 yrs or over on the day of the race.

Watch this space for more details as they are announced – and we’ll keep you in the picture about winners too!