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Devil o' the Highlands Footrace

03-Aug-2019 Tyndrum, Highlands, UK (Scotland)

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Trail Race Race Terrain
69KM / 42Miles
1 Day - >400 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £50 GBP

The Devil o' the Highlands is a point-to-point trail race along the northern 42 miles of the West Highland Way footpath.

The race starts in Tyndrum and finishes in Fort William.

The route is almost entirely on trails, the terrain is mixed and the scenery stunning.

2019 ENTRY OPENS:  Sunday 2nd December 2018

Entry provides:

  • A 42 mile trail race
  • Goodie bag
  • Technical T-shirt
  • Post-race massage
  • yummy hot hot at race finish
  • free showers

 

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John Duncan

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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SarahCrunning

01:02 23-09-18

I ran this in 2018. Most of the day was grey and drizzly, which limited the views somewhat. However, it is still a beautiful route. There are some decent climbs, and the hills and mountains around you are awesome. You get to see the impressive sights of Glencoe without anything as tricky as the Glencoe Skyline route. In fact, there is nothing overly technical. A lot of the trail is stony/rocky, which requires some care, but there are no technical descents or areas of scrambling. The climbs are tough in a few places, but extremely rewarding.

My main tip for this race is to beware of the midges! I was expecting them, but I wasn't expecting to be absolutely crawling in them. Thankfully, this did improve later in the race, but there were times in the earlier miles when I wanted to claw my skin off. Take garlic capsules for a week or two before the race, and carry insect repellent. It will make such a difference.

The race is smaller than the Highland Fling, but has a similar friendly feel. It is low-key - checkpoints have water and you can have two drop bags. Any food that people don't take from their drop bags gets spread out for the next lot of runners, but this is a not-for-profit race, so go equipped to be self-sufficient food-wise just in case.

I can't fault the organisation of the event - there are a number of transport options to assist runners who are staying near the start or finish. Our bus left Fort William bang on time, and it was nice to finish the race and be near my accommodation.

If you are an off-road runner who likes hills, then this would be a decent first ultra. It might be tricky for anyone who is predominantly a road runner, but it's certainly a race to aim for if you like the idea of running in the Highlands.

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dunsrunner

07:19 13-08-18

I ran this race on 4th August 2018. I have run a few 50k ultras, so this was a step up in terms of distance. When combined with the terrain, this resulted in an even bigger step up in terms of time on feet. In case you don’t already know, this is the second part of the whole West Highland Way race (the first part being the Highland Fling). If you want information about the route, there is plenty out there and it will be way more informative than I am. Here are some basic bits though: there was a bus to take us from Fort William to the start at Tyndrum, and there were reverse buses later depending on your circumstances. My bus was to leave at 4am, and it did. The race briefing was to be at 5.45am, and it was. And the race was to start at 6am…...and, yeah, you guessed it. Right on the money. I like this sort of stuff as I spend too much time before races being nervous to have it extended by poor time keeping.

The race route is special. It is pretty much entirely runnable in terms of what is beneath your feet. The hills are what will make you walk. I enjoyed the mix of terrain. The paths are well worn due to the amount of walkers it attracts, so are not overgrown in any parts. Don’t be fooled though, this is a solid, tough race.

Races can’t take place without organisation, and I have nothing but praise for this side of things. Marshals: take a bow. When I got off that bus at 5.15 am, I was met with smiley faces at registration. Smiling at 5.15am!! And when did they start that morning? Every marshal I passed was upbeat, said well done etc. The efficiency of the drop bag service was impressive. Mine was handed to me before I had even come to a halt. Most people put too much food in their drop bags so the excess is laid out for you to help yourself. As you can see, I have a very positive view on this race.

Who would I recommend this race to and who would I not? Yes to runners like me who know this sort of terrain but want to push themselves in terms of distance. Yes to runners who have done the distance but perhaps not the elevation. No as a first ultra. I would say you need to cut your teeth on something easier but then put it on your bucket list.

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SadieKemp

09:56 18-12-17

2017 I ran this race for the first time this year and I have to say I absolutely loved it. It is very challenging as it is so hilly but the views and the atmosphere make up for it. I love the logo too and sport my buff a tshirt with pride. :-)

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Runboyrun35

10:05 31-08-16

Having ran the Fling twice (first half of WHW) and crewed my wife on the full WHW it seemed only fitting to give the DoTH race a bash. For the significant other it was the final race of the unofficial Triple Crown (Fling, WHW & DoTH) the 3 races all completed in the same calendar year.
This year the organisation had been taken over by John Duncan aka Jonny Fling. Now having ran the Fling the last 2 years I can safely say his events are by far the best I've ever been involved in. This man and his team (also his mam n dad) work tirelessly to put on these not for profit races - take note some other race organisers!!.
The start at the green welly store in Tyndrum was buzzing, even at 5am on cold and rainy August morning, catching up with people we'd got to know so well over the 2 previous races added to the excitement.
The rain held of for a bit at the start and even felt quite muggy as the first 7 miles or so of the race flew by chatting race tactics with fellow runners. After the first CP there is a sharp climb out of Bridge of Orchy, up Jelly Baby hill (WHW runners will know why it's called that) followed by a fantastic downhill section that leads to a long and steady climb up across Rannoch Moor. Right here before the descent to Glencoe the weather started to get a bit erm *****ty. There weren't the beautiful views I'd seen previously just driving rain and midgies! Upon entering the CP at Glencoe the amazing volunteers were covered head to toe to protect themselves from those nasty little critters!!!
The weather made the next section, a long and windy path to the bottom of Devils stair case, torturous, not feeling great at that point it was a hard slog. The sharp climb up the stair case and the whole race changed, I looked back from where I'd ran and couldn't see a thing but looking across to where I was about to run was glorious, the views and the weather made up for all the low points up until then.
People who've ran/walked here always say about the climb up the DS, however nobody dares mention the descent into Kinlochleven.... Having hobbled this section with the good lady at WHW I was really looking forward to it today, it's basically 4.5 miles of slippy, rocky, technical fun, made even more dangerous by the rain. It was the best 30 ish minutes of my running life!! It was worth the pain in quads for the following few days :)
After Kinlochleven there is a tough climb then s long windy path to the final CP, it's not my favourite part of the race but so beautiful as you wind your way the Scottish mountains.
The final section is about 7 ish miles, a mixture of stunning forest trails and another long, long descent towards the finish where you are rewarded with spectacular views of Ben Nevis.
The final mile, what can I say, it deviates from the usual WHW finish and is described as a 'sting in the tale' John D you are sadistic but what a way to finish a race!!
Upon finishing you are cheered down the finishing tunnel, handed water, great tshirt, medal and then for the best bit....a glorious feast kindly provided by John's fantastic parents. I wish his mam would adopt me!!
Whilst I prefer the Fling course the Devil did not disappoint, thank you to John, family and all the volunteers, you are amazing. Maybe, just maybe I'll be back next year! :)

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Kathrun

09:12 31-08-16

Great race, every aspect taken care of from bus to the start line in the morning to the chilled post race beer. Marshals are fantastic support and really motivate you to get to the finish! Not called the Devil for nothing the route is tough and unforgiving.

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TailwindUK

04:48 26-08-16

2016 - What a great event, lovely scenery, lovely people, tough but free beer at the end. I'll be back

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Johnconnolly

01:05 26-08-16

Fantastic experience and race for all runners.

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