Two more Highlands running events to enter
Take part in a Runduro on June 21 and a Marathon de Ben Nevis on September 19, 2015
No Fuss Events have announced they will be staging a second Runduro event on Sunday June 21 at Nevis Range Mountain Experience and a new Marathon de Ben Nevis off-road ultra on Saturday September 19.
No Fuss Runduro
The Runduro borrows its format from the ever-popular mountain biking enduros that are taking the biking world by storm. Runners will cover approximately 20km over the whole race, but only going at race pace on special timed stages, which extend to around 11km.
The winner is the person with the fastest combined stage times. This means that in between the stages, on the “transitions”, participants can walk or jog, relax, regroup with their friends and chat about the stages.
Fiona Beattie, from No Fuss Events, said: “Within the race there will be something for everyone – climbing stages, sprinting stages and some great descents.
“Instead of the race being a pure endurance race this gives all runners the chance to win stages, and maybe even the overall race, even if you don’t normally come in first. It’s all about race craft and tactics!”
The Marathon de Ben Nevis
Another new event for 2015, the ultra run is 64km and will be recognised as a qualifying race by the International Trail Running Association. No Fuss Events have recently joined the ITRA and are now waiting for the race to be evaluated. This is great news if you have aspirations of doing the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc one day.
Spook, of No Fuss Events, said: “This is a whole new event for No Fuss. We love the route and think that this will be a brilliant challenge for anyone who likes running and adventure.
“We are used to cyclists and triathletes, but the Ultra Runners who are getting involved will be a whole new set of faces to us. We can’t wait for them to take on the challenge of the marathon.”
The Marathon is a trail run that will take part on No Fuss’s now classic Tour de Ben Nevis mountain bike route but with a different start and finish. Athletes will run through the forests of Glen Nevis on the West Highland Way, taking them all the way to the Mamore Lodge in Kinlochleven. After hot drinks (or cold if the sun is shining!) the route takes runners off the beaten path and to the banks of Loch Eilde Mohr, running through the Mamores towards the Grey Corries.
The next challenge will be a river crossing, which could be ankle deep, or perhaps a bit higher if the rain comes. There will be safety cover here though, so nothing to fear.
After the river crossing, athletes will find themselves on some tough terrain – the ground gets a bit steeper here and a bit rougher but you will be rewarded for your hard work with the now infamous Lairig Bothy BBQ.
After topping up the energy levels, competitors will be on to the home straight heading towards Leanachan Forest and Nevis Range. Once through the forest, it’s all downhill to the Ben Nevis Distillery and the finish.
Entries are open for both events right now on the No Fuss Website.