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Kong Mountain Marathon

05-Jun-2021 Isle of Arran, UK (Scotland)

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Mountains Race Race Terrain
70KM / 45Miles
2 Days - 700 Runners

Alternate Distances: 50KM/30M 40KM/25M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

Entry From £120 GBP

A Mountain Marathon is a challenging race held in mountainous terrain and often off footpaths and maybe (hopefully not!) in difficult weather. The race is run in Teams for safety and for atmosphere. You and your partner can choose from different courses. There are linear courses where you navigate to check points in a set order and score courses where you determine your own route and can visit as many check points as you would like and in any order, but within a time limit. Courses are not marked.


At registration you and your partner receive a so called dibber, which is used to ‘punch’ control boxes at check points marked by orienteering kites. Every team has an allocated start time on Saturday morning and after you start you receive the map for day 1. You then navigate and run your course to the finish at the mid camp. If you are doing a score course you have a time limit for collecting as many controls as you can, after which penalty points will be deducted. More difficult controls will have higher point values.


All Teams bring full light weight kit (small tent, sleeping bags, cooking gear, food, etc.) and pitch their tent at mid camp. You will find a great atmosphere with everybody discussing their route choices. Sunday morning an early wake up call with the leaders of the linear courses in a chasing start followed by everybody else. When you make it back to the finish a hearty lunch awaits as well as prize giving of course.


We are very excited to have been given the opportunity by the landowners to organise the first Kong Mountain Marathon on the Isle of Arran from Brodick on the 5th and 6th of June 2021.


Beaches, palm trees, the Gulf Stream and mountains – what more could you want for a perfect weekend? There may be some midges, bogs, crags and enormous tussocks to add extra fun.
Arran can be easily and cheaply accessed by regular ferries from Ardrossan. There are linking trains from Glasgow Central Station to Ardrossan and the event centre is within walking distance of the ferry in Brodick.

Registration will be open on Friday evening and for a short time on Saturday morning. After the race on Sunday a hearty meal is included in the entry cost for all competitors; there will also be a prize giving.

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Erwin van Vroenhoven

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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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