Runners setting their sights high – very high – this summer still have time to enter the Glencoe Trail Running Challenge (15 June 2019).
With four distances to choose from – 10k, half marathon, marathon and ultra – the event, now in its third year, will have a wide appeal.
But make sure you choose your race wisely. The event’s organisers, the Trail Running Events Co., warn that this is one of the hardest and most scenic mountain trail running challenges they offer. “Depending on your distance, you will be running high in the mountains with breathtaking views all around. Each distance takes in some of the West Highland Way and finishes with lots of steep climbs and descents.”
In addition, they note: “The marathon and ultra runners head along mountain trails with tough climbs and tougher descents such as along the Buachaille Etive Mor ridge; the marathon in particular should not be attempted by runners who suffer from vertigo.”
Runners are thus advised that these events are mountain trail runs and should be treated as such, even if they are well sign-posted, marshalled and come with checkpoints fully loaded with nutrition to keep you energised along the way.
Carrying all items on your event’s comprehensive kit list is mandatory; standard hill running equipment – waterproofs, compass, first aid kit, and so on – is required even for the 10k.
Kit will be checked at registration, then again at random during the event itself.
If you want some four-legged companionship on your journey, organisers note that both the 10k and half marathon are ‘cani-cross friendly’, but that you should also ‘take your dog’s training as seriously as you take your own’. The marathon and ultra routes are not suitable for dogs.
All events start and finish at the Glencoe Mountain Centre.