More than 120 endurance athletes and volunteer event staff will be heading to the Hebridean island chain of Benbecula, North Uist and South Uist this weekend (3–4 September) for the inaugural Heb - Race on the Edge. The event is a two-day, 190km adventure challenge on foot, mountain bike and kayak.
The multi-sport challenge will see athletes competing as solos or pairs on beautiful desolate sandy beaches, magnificent mountains steeped in history, hidden coves, and wild Hebridean landscapes. With a strong emphasis on participation, camaraderie, enjoyment and fun for all involved The Heb - Race on the edge is not purely the domain of the seasoned endurance athlete. Experienced adventurers, endurance mountain bikers and proficient fell runners from all over the UK will line up alongside enthusiastic newcomers to the world of multi-sport keen to test physical fitness, stamina and mental toughness levels whilst having a lot of fun along the way.
The Heb has been designed to be achievable for all. While the less experienced competitors will be able to take advantage of special ‘short cut' options built into the route, the course has also been designed in such a way that the top level athletes will be able to push themselves as far as they can in order to make it to the top of the podium.
Former double Duathlon World Champion, double Long Distance Duathlon World Champion and multiple Ironman and Ironman 70.3 winner, Catriona Morrison, is teaming up with Caroline Wallace, a PE Teacher at Peebles High School, to take on The Heb.
Cat Morrison MBE said: "I’ve only had the pleasure of visiting the Uists once before and it was a fleeting visit. I’m really looking forward to exploring the islands and I’m sure that The Heb will take us to stunning locations that few people have had the privilege to see."
Paul McGreal from multi-award winning Durty Events, organisers of The Heb, said: "The Heb - Race on the Edge is a stunning and achievable journey through the best of the Hebrides, the ultimate outdoor playground. With seasoned multi-sport athletes competing alongside relative newcomers to the world of adventure sport we have planned a challenging and demanding route without it being intimidating."
For more information, visit the Heb website.
Image courtesy Carrick ‘Pyro’ Armer