Rat Race is set to stage a new 100km off-road running challenge on the Isle of Arran this summer (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April 2018). Rat Race host 50% of their annual events in Scotland and the newest addition to their race calendar will test runners to their limits – with an overall vertical gain of 10,679 feet.
The Isle of Arran is regularly described as 'Scotland in miniature' and the fantastically varied and distinct trail running routes on these two days of adventure racing highlight this perfectly. The high mountains, the deep glens, the enchanting forests and the stunning coastal scenery all feature. From dense forests and coastal beaches in the south on day one to the iconic castles and dramatic mountains in the north on day two, the Ultra Trail of Arran has interest throughout.
Those signing up will have the option to take on the challenge of day one only or the full two-day 100km Ultra distance. Day one (between four and eight hours of running) is characterised by quiet paths, forest trails, some boardwalk sections, some tarmac sections through villages and a lot of forest dirt roads. Day two (between six and twelve hours of running) is virtually all off-road with some serious mountain sections (there might even be snow on the hilltops), where the going is decidedly rough underfoot. There will be several scheduled pit stops interspersed on the route each day, for a quick rest and a refuel.
Rat Race will operate from a central Basecamp, for the event located in Brodick, just one kilometre from the island’s ferry terminal. This hub will have all the quality trappings of a Rat Race event - good food and drink, great amenities, friendly and hospitable staff and Saturday night entertainment as well as a complimentary shuttle service from the ferry, together with camping, full serviced glamping; and limited paid parking options.
Jim Mee, MD of Rat Race Adventure Sports, said: "At Rat Race we do events differently which makes them all the more appealing. And for The Ultra Tour of Arran, we love the notion of setting sail to a stunning location, ‘over the water’, where the myths, legends and island folklore fused with the rugged terrain will make runners feel that they are a million miles away, yet it is a mere 55 minutes from the mainland.
For more information on the Ultra Tour of Arran visit the event website.