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Skye Trail Ultra

25-May-2019 Duntulm, Isle of Skye, UK (Scotland)

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119KM / 74Miles
1 Day - 50-60 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

Entry From £115 GBP

74 miles, 4460 meters elevation gain

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Run with us on the Skye Trail, a simply breathtaking route passing through some of the finest mountain ranges and coastal trails in the UK. Explore it’s entirety at one go, ultra-style.

"Awesome to run (1st year) Awesome to support (every year since) on a lonely outpost for many hours. We, (Karen, now Donna & Stuart too as the numbers grow) go way above & beyond at the Elgol outpost to ensure you are rested, fed & ready for the final 23 mile push. I know no other race like it. Join us. Be sent on your way by us. This race is like no other.
 
On the toilets: They are porcelain, they flush, the water & drier work. Just don’t turn your torch off. Nae lights. But if you only pee in 5-star establishments (not many runners do) keep your torch off. The sploshing at your feet is actually tap water!!"
Karen Robertson (2015 finisher)
 
"The Skye Trail is a challenging, unofficial long distance route through the stunning landscapes of the Isle of Skye. The trail covers 128 km of tough terrain including spectacular mountain and coastal scenery. It follows much of the celebrated Trotternish Ridge and also passes under the very shadow of the jagged Cuillin, the finest mountains in Britain. There are remarkable but almost unvisited coastal cliffs, steep trails above high drops, and the haunting ruins of deserted villages destroyed in the Highland Clearances.
 
It is not waymarked and some sections do not have paths. Excellent map reading skills are needed to complete the trail and this route is strictly for the experienced hillwalker. However the rewards as you walk south from the most northerly point on the island are many in terms of the diverse scenery passed, the small communities visited and the superb opportunities for watching wildlife. The route is devised for those who prefer to get well away from the beaten track and have already gained wide experience of Scottish hillwalking. There is relatively easy access by public transport, and to accommodation at the end of each stage, but it could also be done as a backpack using a mixture of campsites and wild camping in the more remote areas."

You can compete in this event without any support – we will ferry your dropbags to the four CP’s. You may include food, clothes, shoes etc. Any contents not used will be returned to race finish where you can collect them.

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** Video Skye Trail Ultra 17 courtesy of Barry Kemp (2017 finisher)

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Hugh MacMullan IV

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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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Peaks Princess

09:23 14-01-19

I DNF'd this race in 2018 due to my glass back but it really is an amazing route. Jeff the RD is bonkers but he'll look after you and I really can't recommend going to run this route more highly. Although I only made it to Portree, 25 miles and 8 hours later (yes, that's the average time it takes to traverse the Trotternish Ridge), I know the route onwards too which ironically flattens out considerably (although not entirely). If you want an epic mountain marathon, followed by a 50 mile ultra, this is for you!

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SteBromley

11:15 31-05-17

A beautiful beautiful race, but as gnarly as a night out in Birkenhead.

The Trotternish ridge is not to be missed, and you'll spend most of your time on your tod, but it's an amazing, well organised small scale event.
The descent into Broadford, at 3am, whilst it was blowing the hoolie was the cathartic highlight for me.

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