Entries are now open for what is said to be the UK’s most controversial running event, Glen Coe Skyline on 22 August. It has also been announced that sports brand Salomon are to be title sponsors of the challenging race.
Leading UK outdoor retailer, Ellis Brigham, has also been announced as a race partner.
The 45k route has proved controversial to some as it will ascend the iconic Buachaille Etive Mor, the distinctive mountain at the head of Glencoe, via the exposed Grade III scramble (a 'Moderate' graded rock climb) of Curved Ridge. The route continues over the Bidean nam Bian massif, which is remote and serious backcountry, before completing a full traverse of mainland Scotland’s most famous mountain ridge, the Aonach Eagach, which includes more exposed Grade II scrambling.
Race director Shane Ohly explains reasons for creating such a challenging route, “I am not creating another mass participation running event, rather, a world-class course for experienced and competent participants. The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ is a fusion of mountain running and alpinism where competitors need to be skilled at both disciplines to negotiate the course.”
Potential competitors will need to provide evidence of their mountain running experience and agree to an extraordinary declaration that pulls no punches when it states that there is a “risk of serious injury or death whilst participating” in the event.
IAU Trail World Champion, Ricky Lightfoot from Cumbria, said “To get the opportunity to run a race along the infamous Aonach Eagach Ridge, a place untouched and of natural beauty, is something which no other race in the UK can offer. A true Skyrunning experience where you'll need the right mixture of endurance, experience and guts!"
Image features Salomon athletes Rickey Gates and Tom Owens running in Glencoe and is courtesy of © The Africa Attachment