The 2016 race will be the 32nd running of this great race. Entries will open in November 2015.
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Posted – Tuesday 2nd February 2016
2016 Midsummer Highland Relay
The Midsummer Highland Relay is a 3 person, 43 mile relay covering the northern sections of the West Highland Way from Tyndrum to Fort William. It takes place as part of, and on the same day as, the full 95 mile Ronhill West Highland Way Race.
The 2016 Midsummer Highland Relay takes place on Saturday 18th June 2016. It starts at 12 noon from Tyndrum (beside Brodies store on the north side of the A82) and finishes at Lochaber Leisure Centre in Fort William, the same finishing point as the full race.
Registration takes place at By The Way Campsite, Tyndrum between 10.00am and 11.30 am on the morning of the race. By The Way Campsite is approximately a 5 minute jog from the start.
There are 3 legs, as shown below. That means that changeover points are at locations with no parking problems, and which are already set up for the full WHW Race. To minimise congestion relay competitors and supporters are asked to avoid other areas, particularly Bridge of Orchy.
- Leg 1 – Tyndrum to Glencoe (approx. 17.5 miles)
- Leg 2 – Glencoe to Kinlochleven (approx. 10.5 miles)
- Leg 3 – Kinlochleven to Fort William (approx. 14.5 miles)
Posted – Saturday 16th January 2016
Ron Hill West Highland Way Training and Inspiration Evening
Tuesday 9th February 2016 at Stirling
Posted – Saturday 16th January 2016
Blog post on the breakdown on the 264 runners that have been accepted for the race.
Full list of the entries with previous personal bests and number of finishers on the menu tab – 2016 Entry Lists
Posted – Monday 7th December 2015
2016 Ronhill West Highland Way Race
We have now considered all of the entry applications for the 2016 Ronhill West Highland Way Race. There were 348 applications in total. Of those, 2 withdrew from consideration prior to the review process. 20 were not considered to have adequate relevant experience at this stage and their application was rejected. That meant there were 326 ‘qualified’ entrants for 265 places, and so a ballot needed to be held to determine the 61 people who could not be given a place in this year’s race. The 61 people have already been notified by e-mail.
Posted – Saturday 14th November 2015
Training weekend – January 2016
We are planning on holding our regular Balmaha training weekend at the Oak Tree Inn on Friday 29th January to Sunday 31st January 2016. This will follow a similar format to previous years, with a run on the Saturday morning at 10.00am from the Oak Tree to Inversnaid and back, a distance of 30 miles (although if you wish to do a shorter route you are very welcome to do so). There will be a chance to catch up with other ultra runners on the Friday and Saturday evening informally over a beer and find out more about the race.
If you wish to stay at the Oak Tree on the Friday and Saturday, a special bed and breakfast rate is available. Please phone on 01360 870357 and say you are part of the Beattie Group for more details. If you only want to come along for the run on the Saturday, you are very welcome to do that too. Please note that the weekend is open to everyone interested in the race, whether planning to run in 2016 or not. However accommodation at the Oak Tree is limited so you are advised to book as soon as possible. Our allocation of rooms will only be held for the next 4 weeks.
Posted – Thursday 29th October 2015
Just a reminder that entries for the 2016 Ronhill West Highland Way Race will open on 1st November, and will remain open until 30th November. We are using SI Entries for the entry process again this year and the link to the entry page is here:
All information regarding your previous experience will be checked, so please ensure you provide the full details requested to make this as easy as possible.
As part of the entry process you will be given the opportunity to pre-order some items of merchandise from race sponsor Ronhill. Please note that this order will only be processed if your application to enter the race is successful; if you are unsuccessful your order will not be processed. Whether you order merchandise or not will have no bearing on whether you are offered a place in the race.
Full details about the entry and selection process can be found on the race website. I would highlight the fact that we do not operate a ‘first come first served’ entry system, but all entries received in November will be assessed and if we are oversubscribed a ballot will take place in early December.
Posted – Friday 16th October 2015
At our recent whw committee meeting we discussed, amongst other things, when runners can have a support runner. For the last few years we have allowed runners to have a support runner if they are over 4hrs behind the leading runner but it is difficult for runners to plan so we have decided to try a different way.
For the 2016 race you will be allowed to have a support runner if you are after the following times at the following checkpoints. The times are based on running slower than 21hrs.
Auchtertyre – after 10hrs 30mins
Bridge of Orchy – after 12hrs 30mins
Glencoe – after 14hrs 45mins
Kinlochleven – after 17hrs 30mins
We hope that this will be clearer and help runners to plan. So basically if you are planning to run under 21hrs you will not be allowed to have a support runner.
Posted – Wednesday 9th September 2015
Race Director Ian Beattie has updated the entry criteria for the 2016 race.
Message from Ian Beattie, Race Director on Thursday 20th August 2015 ….
We held a WHW Race committee meeting on Tuesday evening. This was a good chance to look back at the 2015 race while it was still fresh in our minds, and to start planning for the 2016 race. Ross Lawrie attended his first meeting, along with other committee members John Kynaston, Sean Stone, Adrian Stott and me.
In summary we were all pleased with how the 2015 race had gone. Conditions were good, the percentage of finishers was excellent, and we had a world class performance from Paul Giblin in setting a new course record of 14 hours 14 minutes. There had been a few issues at Kinlochleven in 2014, but I am pleased to report that everything went smoothly there this year. The only complaint I had was about the noise levels of runners and support crews in the first part of the race. The person complaining lives beside the trail and was not happy with the noise levels between 2am and 5am. I would ask all runners and crews to take note of this for future races, and to keep the noise to a minimum during the night wherever there are houses nearby.
By and large the 2016 race will follow the same format as 2015, with a few small tweaks. The race will take place on Saturday 18 June, starting at 1am. Entries will be open throughout November 2015, with a limit of 265 places, and a ballot taking place in early December if required. Previous experience has shown that withdrawals will reduce the 265 accepted entrants to our actual limit of 200 by race day, and for that reason we will not be operating a waiting list. The entry fee will remain at the same level as 2015: £95 for SAL members and £97 for others. The Midsummer Highland Relay will take place again, starting at 12 noon on Saturday 18 June from Tyndrum, and will be limited to 50 teams.
One of the changes we are going to make in 2016 will be to the ‘support runner’ rules. We have decided to change the ‘4 hour behind the leader’ rule which has been in place for a number of years. Instead, specific times will be published for each checkpoint from Auchtertyre onwards, with any runner leaving the checkpoint before the specified time not being allowed a support runner. The actual times have not yet been worked out, but it will broadly equate to a 21 hour finishing time. We believe that this change will make things easier for the runners, and should ensure a fairer race.
We have also decided that we are not going to register the 2016 race for UTMB qualifying points. We came to this decision because the UTMB now charges a fee to races for the ‘privilege’ of being a qualifying event. We do not think this is reasonable, given the financial position of the UTMB relative to non profit making races like the WHW Race, and will not be signing up.
2015 Race reports by Adrian Stott
Ronhill West Highland Way Race all time personal best spread sheet updated after 2015 race
After the 2015 race there are now 987 people who have completed at least 1 whw race.
2015 Ronhill West Highland Way Results
Congratulations to all who took part over the weekend.
Please checkout all the pages for more information about the race, past results, race reports, podcasts and much more.
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