Welcome to the ALTRA West Highland Way Race

Friday 27th March 2020

Latest update from Ian Beattie, Race Director

It is with great regret I am writing to advise you of the cancellation of the 2020 race.

While this decision is unlikely to be a great surprise to many people, we felt that now was the right time to remove any uncertainty for everyone, particularly with the current restrictions preventing a lot of the normal training sessions being able to take place. As part of that decision we have also decided that it would neither be feasible nor desirable to reschedule the race for later in the year.

Anyone who is still on the entry list for the 2020 race will be able to defer their place until the 2021 race, which will be scheduled for Saturday 19th June 2021. This will be the default option and if accepted will mean that no further refund will be paid now, and that no further entry fee will be payable in 2021. If anyone does not wish to defer their entry to the 2021 race, they will be given a full refund. This option will have to be accepted on SI Entries by 5 April 2020. After this date any withdrawals will be entitled to a refund as normal, i.e. a £70 refund if notified to me by 31 May 2021. Anyone who has already withdrawn from the race and received a £70 refund will be refunded the rest of their entry fee.

We will look at the number of ‘live’ entries towards the end of October this year and decide then if we are able to accept any further entries for the 2021 race. It is expected that that number of entries available at that time, if any, will be very small.

I am sure that this will be a great disappointment to everyone, but know you will appreciate that it is due to circumstances completely out with our control. Like you all, I look forward to a return to normality, and the chance to be back out running on the trails. Until then I would ask you to follow the government guidance and to stay away from the West Highland Way area until the situation has improved.

Message from Race Director ...

The West Highland Way Race is one of the world’s longest established ultra-marathons, first taking place in 1985 on the long distance trail between Milngavie (just north of Glasgow) and Fort William in the Scottish Highlands.

Since then it has developed a worldwide reputation as one of the ‘classic’ ultra-marathon races, attracting runners to Scotland from all over the world.  Entry is limited to 265 runners each year, with the relatively small size of the field helping to preserve the friendly nature of the event.

2020 will see the 36th running of this great race.  It would be my pleasure to welcome you in the future.

Ian Beattie - Race Director

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Saturday 20th June 2020 Start Time 1am

Entries now closed for the 2020 race

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