The 2016 race will be the 32nd running of this great race. Entries will open in November 2015.
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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.
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