110 finish Cape Wrath Ultra 2018
More than 100 runners have completed a gruelling 248-mile race through some of Scotland’s most extreme terrain.
The participants of the Cape Wrath Ultra ran for eight days and across the remote wilderness areas of Knoydart, the Fisherfields and Torridon.
The route from Fort William to Cape Wrath, which is the most north-westerly point in mainland Britain, included 36,745ft of ascent.
Some 62 per cent – 110 runners – of the field of 177 starters reached the finish line at the iconic Cape Wrath Lighthouse.
There were runners from 26 countries including 15 from Scotland.
The winners were Robert Barnes, from Bedfordshire, and Irish ultra runner Carol Morgan.
Robert, who was more than two hours ahead of the runner up, finished in 45 hours and 37 minutes.
His speed is equivalent to running 10k in just over a hour.
After crossing the finish line on May 28, Robert, 32, said: “I have enjoyed the race and I am pleased to win. It has been a great week.
“I did struggle on the rockier terrain of Scotland because I am not used to that but I like running on grass and heather and there has been enough of that.
“The Fisherfields on day five was my hardest day but really I have been fine and suffered no injuries.”
Runner-up Jim Mann, 41, of Durham, won the legendary sister race, the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race in 2015 and was second in 2017.
He said: “The Cape Wrath Ultra has been a great race although tough for me.
“On day three I wasn’t sure I would be able to continue because I felt so fatigued due to illness but I have made it.
“I am tired now and relieved to have reached the finish line.
“I would like to go back to see all the great scenery that I didn’t fully appreciate while running.”
Jim also paid tribute to the winner. He said: “Robert ran a fantastic race. He nailed it and I am pleased for him.”
Third placed Jamie Ramsay, 38, who is originally from Scotland and now living in London, said: “I was in a lot of pain from an ankle tendon injury over the last few days of the race.
“I didn’t think I would be able to finish at one point but the support of other runners has helped me through.”
Jamie is a Gore Wear ambassador and in 2015 quit his London job to run 17,000km across the Americas.
He said: “I have done some incredible running in the past few years but I have been humbled by the Cape Wrath Ultra.
“It is extraordinarily difficult but it is also in one of the most beautiful places I have run for a long time.
Carol is first home for the women
First home in the women’s race, Carol Morgan finished in 55 hour and 11 minutes. She was two hours and 42 minutes ahead of the next female.
Carol, who was an impressive 12th overall, confirmed her place as one of the UK’s best ultra runners.
Last year, she won the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race and the Montane Spine Race.
At the finish line, Carol, 44, who now lives in North Yorkshire, said: “I feel great although I am obviously tired, both mentally and physically.
“The seventh day from Inverbroom to Inchnadamph over 45 miles was the hardest for me because it felt so long after the accumulative days of running.
“It has been a fantastic holiday for me and my husband Simon Franklin, who was also in the race, and we have both loved the scenery.”
Runner up Sarah Witte, England, said: “It has been an amazing experience. I have been through every type of emotion from tears to joy.”
Third placed Karoline, 47, of South Africa, said: “It has been a very tough race but I have enjoyed myself very much.
“I think the end of the Cape Wrath Ultra was the best location of any race finish I have ever done.”
Race director Shane Ohly, of Ourea Events, said: “It is only the second Cape Wrath Ultra race and like the event in 2016 we were blessed with almost eight day of amazing Scottish weather after a very wet start.
“There are so many superlatives to describe the scenery and the participants and I don’t know where to start.
“I have been impressed by all the competitors. We can’t wait for the next Cape Wrath Ultra which will take place in 2020.”