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Great Glen Ultra

07-Jul-2018 Fort William, UK (Scotland)

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Mountains Race Race Terrain
113KM / 70Miles
1 Day

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

Entry From £72

Starting from Neptune’s Staircase outside Fort William, the route follows a series of Glens along a geological fault-line to Inverness.  You’ll run through some of the most stunning scenery that Scotland has to offer, whether down at the side of lochs & rivers, or climbing up through forests to the top of the hills which make the dramatic and vast glens.

The race takes place each July with a 1am start from Neptune’s Staircase.

Runners then have approx 22 hours to cover the 71 miles to Inverness where the race will finish at Inverness Athletics Stadium.

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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.

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themajesticfool

01:04 18-06-18

One of the BEST ultras I've done. So much so, I'm going back this year for my third installment.
Great course once you get off the canal path to start with. Great thing about that, it's only 10k and then you run through some lovely, undulating forest tracks.
Once you pass CP3 at Fort Augustus, things start to get a 'bit more interesting'. By that, I mean hills! Who doesn't like a hill.
This section is generally where all the elevation gain comes from in the route. Be prepared for some steep paths but what goes up, comes down.
The last CP sees the course run almost downhill to the finish and then onto the track finish.
Should Scotlands' weather play ball on the day, you'll get some excellent view when on top of the hills and along the course.
If you're unsure... don't be... DO IT

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bondy316

10:03 30-11-17

Excellent race, spectacular views, volunteers could not have been more helpful. It was my first Ultra and I really enjoyed the experience so much am doing it again next year.

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jonmackintosh

11:17 29-07-15

Excellent event. Scenic, undulating terrain with checkpoints at regular intervals manned by volunteers who couldn't have done more to help, and all with a smile on their faces despite the midges and torrential rain! Definitely want to do this one again.

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Rodders

08:10 06-07-15

Brilliant event on my doorstep with the best countryside in the World and ran by a superb group of fellow runners. Loved it even if it was a headwind all day.

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Flashywhiskers

10:42 06-07-15

Ran this in 2015. Fantastic race in what I think is the best scenery in the UK. Mixture of trails (90%) and road(10%). Well organised event with 6 checkponts and 1 water point all manned by helpful volunteers.

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