This year's Black Rock '5' Race will take place in Kinghorn, Fife on Friday 23rd June at 20:00.
Kinghorn Community Centre is about two minutes walk from the Railway station and just along from the Memorial bus-stop in the centre of the village.
Changing accommodation is provided at the Community Centre and at Kinghorn Primary School which is situated just over the main road to the north of the Memorial - follow the signs to the appropriate changing facility. The main ladies changing area will be at the Church Hall situated by the Memorial.
Toilet facilities are to be found in both changing areas, in the Church Halls just off the High Street, and on Quarrel Brae - a path situated halfway down Harbour Road. Additional toilets on race night are situated in the Community Centre Car Park.
Car parks are available at both changing facilities and overflow parking is situated on Pettycur Road, 200m south of the school, and at the junction outside the Community Centre, sign posted P.
The race finishes on the steep hill of South Overgate, just short of the junction with the A921.
All over 18s who complete the race will receive a bottle of beer, redeemable using your competitor number.
The presentation ceremony will be held at The Carousel, at around 21:30.
For the exact location of everything mentioned here, open the section below.
The Black Rock '5' Race is held in the sleepy coastal village of Kinghorn, Fife, on the east coast of Scotland, and across the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh. Kinghorn lies 3 miles to the west of Kirkcaldy (the birthplace of Adam Smith and home to Raith Rovers and Fife Flyers), and east of Burntisland on the Fife coastal path.
Please see Getting There for travel details.
The race starts at the bottom of Harbour Road under the railway viaduct and climbs uphill, turning left onto Pettycur road before following the route to the beach. Down a small ramp and onto the sand, runners head out to the rock. Having made their way around the Black Rock competitors retrace their steps back to the beach, up the hill and then down to the start line. However, the finish line is on South Overgate near the junction with the A921 - meaning a left turn and a final uphill dash complete the race.
The inaugural Black Rock '5', held in 1987, was won by Gifford Kerr - ahead of 66 other finishers - extremely low by today's standards.
The race has been staged every year since - apart from 1991. Thus 29 races have been held so far and numbers have increased significantly over the years, as has the quality of the top end of the field, with winners including Bobby Quinn and Terry Mitchell.
The new millennium has witnessed domination by H.B.T. with both Phil Mowbray and Don Naylor having taken the spoils.
The race is pre-entry only with the field limited to approximately 1000 on the night. The race has sold out each year since 2011.
The course record belongs to Ian Harkness, also of the infamous Hunters Bog Trotters, in a time of 22:03.