Entries opened – and closed after little more than an hour – on Sunday night for one of Scotland’s most iconic distance events, the Devil o’ the Highlands footrace.
With all 500 available places in the event now sold, organisers are inviting anyone still interested in taking part to join the waiting list.
Now in its 17th year, the ultramarathon runs point-to-point along the West Highland Way trail, from Tyndrum to Fort William.
As the name suggests, the ‘Devil’ is not for the faint hearted. The 42-mile course, which is almost entirely off-road and takes in 6500ft (1981m) of ascent, must be completed within 12 hours.
But while there’s no denying the challenge completing the Devil o’ the Highlands presents, the event is also suitable for those new to running ultras. The race is fully way-marked and well supported, with four checkpoints and two available food drops. There is also no minimum running experience required for entry.
And even though the Devil o’ the Highlands is Scotland’s second oldest ultra – after the West Highland Way – race organisers have more than moved the event along with the times. The event is proudly LGBT and QIA+ friendly, strives to be as inclusive as possible, and has a 'zero tolerance policy to any form of discrimination'. Organisers are proudly, and fully, 'committed to upholding all principles of the Scottish LGBT Sports Charter': participants in the 2019 Devil o’ the Highlands can enter as female, male or nonbinary.
The women’s record has stood untouched since 2011, when Lucy Colquhoun finished the course in 5.47.28. A new men’s record (5.12.21) was set by Rob Sinclair in 2017, the same year he also smashed the records for the West Highland Way and Highland Fling.