18 Apr

Still Time For Kintyre Ultra

Philip Coupar at Kintyre Way Ultra

Billed as 'the most scenic trail-running event in Britain', the Kintyre Way Ultra and Relay will be held for the seventh year on Saturday 11 May. The course sees competitors take on varied terrain, from hill paths and forestry tracks to beaches and seaside rocks.

Following much of the Kintyre Way - a long distance path which takes a winding route down the length of the Kintyre peninsula - the race treats runners with views across the sea to the islands of Arran, Islay, Jura and Gigha. Participants have the option of running as individuals or as part of a relay team. There are two routes to choose from - Tayinloan to Campeltown (35½ miles) or Tarbert to Campbeltown (67 miles). Relay teams will split the routes into three and six stages respectively.

With a modest field, the Kintyre Way Ultra offers speed monkeys a great chance to set a course record. The current records are Mark Caldwell 2012, 11h 51m (male) and Lucy Colquhoun 2008, 11h 01m (female).

Those competing will receive a back and leg massage (subject to demand), transport to the start for runners beginning at Tayinloan, a shower at the finish in Campbeltown, a commemorative Kintyre Way mug, a personal certificate showing section times and a yellow hi-viz waistcoat (unless you already have one).

The cost of both races is £30 with entries closing on 25 April. For more information, visit the Kintyre Way Ultra website or go to the event's Facebook page.