The Montane Scottish Ultra Marathon Series (SUMS) is nearing its conclusion with the penultimate race - the Speyside Way - taking place on Saturday (25 August). The 36.5-mile event, last held in 2005, returned to the Scottish Ultra calendar in 2010.
The race route follows the Speyside Way from Ballindalloch to the town centre in Buckie. To accomplish the full distance a deviation of approximately 5km commences on the descent from the forest track off Ben Aigen, to the east of Boat O' Brig. Race organisers will take drop bags for runners at Craigellachie (12 miles) and Fochabers (25 miles). It is a self supported event although competitors may bring along their own support and handlers as there are points along the route where access can be gained.
SUMS is made up of a series of nine ultras from March to September, ranging from 33 miles at the Deeside Way Ultra to the iconic West Highland Way that spans 95 miles. For the series as a whole, the highest aggregate of four highest points scored will decide the competitor's position. Last year's event saw international runner Grant Jeans and Lucy Colquhoun take the top prizes. The final race in the series is the River Ayr Way Challenge.
Registration for the Speyside Way takes place in Buckie Community High School, which is near the finish. The race will start in Ballindalloch at 9am with a bus leaving Buckie at 7:30am. There is a nine hour time limit for the race, so participants have until 6pm to finish.
For more information visit the event website