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Entries open for Cape Wrath Ultra 2016

Written by Fiona

June 04 2015

Do you have what it takes to run 400km over some of Scotland’s most rugged terrain and for eight tough days? If so, the Cape Wrath Ultra 2016 is for you and entries will open tomorrow (June 5).

The Cape Wrath Ultra starts in Fort William, on May 22 and offers competitors an incredible wilderness journey that links ancient footpaths and remote tracks to the furthest north-westerly point of the British Isles, Cape Wrath, and heads through fabulous places such as Morar, Knoydart, Kintail, Torridon, Assynt and Sutherland.

The race route is based on the Cape Wrath Trail, which is considered to be the UK’s toughest long-distance backpacking trail.

It crosses rugged landscapes, genuine wilderness and has large distances between support points. Walkers usually take at least 20 days to complete the trail. The Cape Wrath Ultra route is similar to the Cape Wrath Trail course but has been “fine-tuned” for runners.

With almost 1000 runners having pre-registered their interest in the event, competition for the limited number of entries [150] is anticipated to be high by the organisers.

Stunning terrain. Pic credit: Ben Wiston

Stunning terrain. Pic credit: Ben Winston

Event director Shane Ohly reckons the race is huge opportunity for runners. He says: “The Scottish landscape is incredible and our route through the Highlands provides a genuine wilderness experience.

Yet competitors will have none of the complex logistical worries that hikers have when completing the similar Cape Wrath Trail, as we will be providing food, tented accommodation and comprehensive support.

“Our experience of delivering other complex events such as the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race means we are well placed to organise an event like this in remote areas of Scotland.”

Tough running.  Pic credit: Ben Wiston

Tough running. Pic credit: Ben Winston

Shane went on to like the race to other epic events. He says: “I believe that the Cape Wrath Ultra can become the European equivalent to races like the Marathon de Sables, such is the quality of the challenge and the Scottish landscape.”

The Cape Wrath Ultra details

Date: Sunday 22nd May to Sunday 29th May 2016
Venue: Fort William, Scotland (start location)
Entries open: Friday 5th June 2015
Course: 400km over 8 days

Places: 150

Entry: £1,250


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