Sep 18 2021

Salomon Skyline Scotland - skyrunning events

  • UK (GBR)
  • Off-Road Running
  • Solo
  • Multi Day Event
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Length: 29 km / 5 km / 52 km / 52 km
Location: Scotland - HIghlands
Website: www.skylinescotland.com

Salomon Skyline Scotland offers two days of skyrunning, ranging in distance from 5k to 52k. From Kinlochleven, the event will give runners the opportunity to race in the heart of the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands.

Governed by the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF), the growing sport of skyrunning is the most extreme form of competitive outdoor running, as defined by altitude, terrain and technicality. The Salomon Skyline Scotland 2020 programme includes four skyrunning events.

First out of the blocks on Saturday 18 September will be the Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace. Launched in 2016, the race has already established itself as a classic skyrunning event, attracting some of the best mountain runners in the world to Scotland. The route of 29k and 2,500m of ascent incorporates two lofty ridges within the Mamores (an east-west series of mountains), including the Devil’s Ridge, with Glen Nevis visible ahead, a yawning drop far below, and Ben Nevis towering beyond and above.

Also on Saturday 18 September, the Salomon Mamores VK will follow the well-established ISF Vertical Kilometer format, in which participants follow a marked course, gaining 1,000m of height in less than 5k. Participants are set off at timed intervals with the winner having the fastest overall time to the summit. Although physically arduous, the Salomon Mamores VK does not require scrambling or rock climbing experience and is therefore suitable for any runner who is up for the challenge.

The most demanding race of the weekend starts early on Sunday 19 September. The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline follows in the finest tradition of the most prestigious skyrunning races, fusing mountain running and alpinism in a pure test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising, world-class course. The route features long and sustained sections of scrambling (roughly equivalent to ‘Moderate’ standard rock climbing), traversing high and remote mountainous terrain. The event is only suitable for highly experienced competitors, with all entrants strictly vetted for experience. Starting at 7:30am, the race will cover 52k, with 4,750m of ascent.

The Sunday schedule will also include a second 52k race, the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra. Featuring remote Scottish glens, technical single track, airy ridges, and high mountain passes, the very challenging course is designed for the boldest all-round ultra-runners. With almost 4,000m of climbing and great variability in the terrain, the race includes a traverse of one of Scotland’s most famous ridges, the Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête, leading to the summit of Ben Nevis. 

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