The mountain running community is abuzz with excitement with news of the inaugural Glen Coe Skyline on 22 August. The event is said to be to be Scotland’s first ‘Skyrunning’ event, combining mountain running and alpinism (mountain climbing).
Organiser Shane Ohly explains: "It is not meant to be easy and a course of this calibre has inherent risk. We are not creating another mass participation fell or trail running event but rather a world class Skyrunning course for experienced and competent participants. The Glen Coe Skyline is a fusion of mountain running and alpinism where competitors need to be skilled at both disciplines to negotiate the course."
The provisional route starts at the Glencoe Mountain Resort and, via the West Highland Way, reaches and ascends Buachaille. A full traverse of Bidean nam Bian ensues before dropping down into Glen Coe to then climb up to Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. There is then an extended traverse of the entire Aonach Eagach ridge, before rejoining the West Highland Way and descending into Glen Coe Pass via the Devil’s Staircase and returning to Glencoe Mountain Resort. The provisional route statistics are approximately 45km with 4500m of ascent.
The race is said to be a pure test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising world-class course, which is designed to challenge the most experienced and competent mountain runners. Entrants are warned that a slip or trip during one of these sections could result in death.
Entries open on Monday 6 April. For more information, visit the Glen Coe Skyline website.