Red socks the race reward

Published: 30th April 2008

Red socks the race reward
For most people, sports socks are a necessity for comfortable exercise but for one Lanarkshire town, they are a trophy.

Each year, Carnwath holds its Red Hose Race in which runners compete to win a pair of bright red fun socks.

This year, the town is celebrating 500 years of racing for socks, making the event officially the world's oldest road race, according to the Guiness Book of Records.

It originates from the early 1500s, where a fast runner would be selected to run from the border to Edinburgh in case of an invasion. The runner would be easily identified by their bright red socks.

However, in modern times, runners might prefer to select a pair of specially designed sports socks rather than hand knitted hosiery, no matter how much of an honour the socks conferred!

Socks have now been developed with everything from cushioning technology to pressure point mapping, meaning that - whatever the distance - a runner can stay comfortable and healthy.

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