One of Scotland's more unusual running events will be staged at Fort William later this month (Saturday 24 February). The Runduro is a multi-stage (there were eight stages in 2017) contest where you only go at race pace on the special timed 'live' stages. On the transitions between stages you can relax, regroup with friends and chat about how your race is working out. Participants are allowed to walk or jog between stages so there's a big social aspect to Runduro.
David Munro, from No Fuss Events, told runABC Scotland: "Runduro has borrowed its format from mountain biking's enduros. Within the races there will be something for everyone – climbing stages, sprinting stages and some great descents.
"Instead of the race being a pure endurance test this gives all runners the chance to shine in the various stages, and to gain an advantage using race craft and tactics! The race will be timed using a Sport Ident chip timing system, so each participant will be able to start the stages whenever they are ready and runners will be set off at around 30 second intervals so you don’t have the pressure of a mass start, or being left behind.”
Metro Aberdeen's Iain Manson handled conditions best in 2017 to post the quickest overall time of 54:25.
No Fuss Events are also organising the Cowal Way Chase Ultra in July. The 2018 event will start and finish at Lochgoilhead and will include an 18-mile, a relay and a 30mile option. The ultra has been designed as a tough challenge however the introduction of the relay and the shorter trail run means the event offers something for everyone.
The 2018 No Fuss run programme concludes with the Marathon de Ben Nevis and is recognised as a qualifying race by the International Trail Running Association.
Find out more about these events at the No Fuss website.