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13 Sep

Mountain Race Ace Kilian Jornet Heads For Glencoe

Kilian Jornet

Mountain running ace Kilian Jornet comes to Scotland this weekend for the 55K Salomon Glen Coe Skyline race (Sunday 17 September). The event, launched in 2015, has grown to include three other world-class events that have attracted over 1,500 participants from 30plus countries.

Jornet, the Spanish trail runner and ski-mountaineer who will be racing in the UK for the first time said: “The technical ridges and the culture of mountain running in Britain really attracts me to run Glen Coe.” Salomon Glen Coe Skyline is noted for its technical, exposed, and rough terrain, and Jornet is known for his daredevil approach to exposed ridges so Sunday's race is likely to see a dramatic performance.

The women’s race has also attracted the world’s best: Emelie Forsberg, winner of the inaugural event in 2015 is returning. Emilie said: “I’m very happy to go back to Glen Coe as it was one of the coolest races I’ve ever done and in a very beautiful area of the world and with a superb organisation.”

The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline is part of the Salomon Skyline Scotland weekend of races based in Kinlochleven in the Scottish Highlands. Race director Shane Ohly said: “This year’s event is set to break all the records again with a huge number of participants and spectators expected in Lochaber."

"Part of the successful formula for the event has been that the organisers have gone out of their way to welcome the friends and family of the participants and involve the local community. All the competitors carry GPS trackers during the race, so it will be possible to follow all the action live through the event website. There will also be a huge truck-mounted screen at the event village with commentary, tracking and live footage from the course for spectators.”