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Scotland’s new off-road half-marathon run

Written by Fiona March 25 2010

The world famous mountain bike trails of Nevis Range, near Fort William, are set to be the focus of a new off-road running event this May. The Outdoor Capital Trail Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run are aimed at trail running beginners, through have-a-go intermediates to all those mentalist mountain goat types.

Runners will be treated to a stunning race course on forestry roads and tracks in the iconic Leanachan Forest. (This is where some of the events in the Mountain Bike World Cop are held each year.) Views will be just as amazing as the route, and with May so often a fantastic month for Scottish weather you’ll likely feast your eyes on the eye candy offerings of the Great Glen, the Grey Corries and Ben Nevis.

The event on May 16 is being organised by No Fuss Events. (These are the guys behind a whole host of exciting events in Scotland including the Big Triathlon, the Glen Nevis River Race, and the Ten Under mountain bike series.) The Outdoor Capital Trail Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run costs £20 to enter here

I really fancy taking part in the half-marathon but since it’s the day after my birthday I’ve not yet convinced myself to do so. However, the race does start at a runner-friendly mid-day so really there should be no excuse…

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