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The 2017 race will be the 33rd running of this great race.

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Posted – Friday 20th January 2017

Entries for the Midsummer Highland Relay are now open at the following link:

https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=3399

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 West Highland Way Race.

The 2017 Midsummer Highland Relay takes place on Saturday 24 June 2017.  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.  In particular no access is permitted at Bridge of Orchy, due to the lack of car parking space in that area.

  • 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).

Relay runners will use their timing card to register at each changeover point, then pass it on to the next runner.  Teams are responsible for their own transport between checkpoints and have primary responsibility for the safety of their own team.  Whether they wanted to have a designated driver, or have runners car share and drive different legs is up to each team.  No transport is provided by the organisers.  The full safety support infrastructure of the WHW Race will be in place.

The entry fee is £75 per team.  Entries are limited to 50 teams on a first come first accepted basis.  There is a prize for the first male or mixed team, and a prize for the first all femaleteam.  All finishers will receive a race garment.  Individual team members do not need to be finalised until one week before the event.  If a team withdraws prior to 31 May 2017 a refund of £45 will be made, but no refund is payable if a team needs to withdraw after this point.

If you are not familiar with the route, please be aware that although the majority of the route is on runnable trails, there are some mildly technical rocky stretches and a few steep climbs.  You need to be aware that running on this type of terrain is quite different from running on road, and the risk of tripping is considerably higher.  The race is run in stunning scenery but in remote areas with the only event support at the changeover checkpoints.  All runners will be expected to carry their own drink and snack supplies, and carry or wear appropriate clothing as detailed in future race communications.

Posted – Monday 16th January 2017

Video of the Panel’s question and answer session from our Inspiration night at Stirling on Tuesday 10th January 2017.

Posted – Saturday 14th January 2017

Video of Adrian Stott’s talk on Tuesday 10th January 2017 at Stirling.

Video of Kenny Tindall & Gavin Orr’s talk on Tuesday 10th January 2017.

Posted – Thursday 12th January 2017

We had an excellent Inspiration Night at Stirling on Tuesday 10th January 2017 with over 80 people attending. We recorded the talks and they are now available on episodes 104 and 105 of the whwrace podcasts. Go to the podcasts tab to listen to them. They are also available on iTunes (search for whwrace)

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Posted – Thursday 8th December 2016

I have created a new page under the tab 2017 Entries which has the full list of 2017 runners with their previous personal best if they have run the race before.

2017 start list

Posted – Wednesday 7th December 2016

List of those who have been offered a place for the 2017 West Highland Way Race has now been posted.

We have now considered all of the entry applications for the 2017 Ronhill West Highland Way Race.  There were 407 applications in total.  Of those, 7 withdrew from consideration prior to the review process.  19 were not considered to have adequate relevant experience at this stage and their application was rejected.  That meant there were 381 ‘qualified’ entrants for 265 places, and so a ballot needed to be held to determine the 116 people who could not be given a place in this year’s race.

List of successful entries

Posted – Tuesday 29th November 2016

With the help of Garry Scott I have made a flyover of the West Highland Way Route on google earth. It last just over 5mins and covers the 95 miles of the route.  I hope you find it helpful whether you have been on the route many times or never set foot on it. Enjoy.

(Please note there is one mistake that I’m aware of … Auchtertyre should read 49 miles not 59 miles!)

Posted – Wednesday 23rd November 2016

Ron Hill West Highland Way Training and Inspiration Evening

Tuesday 10th January 2017 – 7.00pm-9.00pm(ish)

Tollbooth Arts centre, Jail Wynd, Stirling FK8 1DE

An informal evening of advice and inspiration for anyone or their support crew tackling this iconic epic challenge for the first or tenth time or any similar or shorter ultra challenge like the Highland Fling, Devil o’ the Highlands etc

As always , we aim to provide a full 2 hours of information and inspiration to help send you home, with some new ideas to help you prepare better for whatever challenges you have ahead.

Full line up of speakers still being finalsed but so far include

Featuring

WEST HIGHLAND WAY QUESTION TIME
Whether you are aiming to Compete or Complete, your chance to ask our panel of totally experienced ultra runners about anything from Training to Trainers; Support crew to Schedules; From Race prep to Race food

JAMES STEWART 
Race winner in 2016 at his first attempt in 15.15.49 (all time third fastest) Followed up by a very impressive win ith 160 miles at the Tooting Bec 24 hour race. One of the most improved utra runners in Scotland. James will be well able to offer advice to first timers and “Improvers” on how to approach this or any other ultra.

IONA MCKAY  
First time finisher in 2016 in a time of 22.46.31. Iona can relate what it is like to prepare and complete for yout first’ “long ultra” race

Other panelists to be confirmed
DR. CHRIS ELLIS and SEAN STONE have been part of the Race medical team for 10 years. They are therefore well placed to advise on what warning signals to look out for when running distances of 50 miles plus

ADRIAN STOTT 15 time finisher in times ranging fromm Sub 20 hours to plus 30 hours will give a presenttion on how he has tackled training for and running different races including several race anedotes from 25 years involvement with the race as a runner, support crew, and helping out organizing.

ANDY NORMAN from race sponsors RON HILL will give a short presentation on the latest race merchadise and other useful pieces of apparel.

To book your place go to Entry Central to sign up.

Posted – Tuesday 15th November 2016

There are some new excellent items for sale. Go to the Shop tab for more details.

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Posted – Sunday 6th November 2016

Over the next few months Louise Jones (Cairngorm Futures) is going to help us redesign the West Highland Way Race website.

One of the things we would like to do is have lots of great photos of the route on the website so if you have photos that you would be happy for us to use on the web site please send them to me at

johnkynaston@westhighlandwayrace.org

Please send them as the highest resolution you can.

Posted – Wednesday 26th October 2016

Training weekend

The training weekend will take place at the Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha, on the weekend of 27 January 2017 to 29 January 2017.  This will follow the same format as the last few years, with a 30 mile training run to Inversnaid and back starting at 10.00am, and a chance to share a few drinks and experiences with other runners on the Friday and Saturday nights.

You do not need to have a place in the race to attend – anyone with an interest and involvement in ultra-running is very welcome – nor do you need to do the full 30 mile run, as the out and back route it very suitable for those who wish to do less.  We have a limited allocation of rooms reserved at the Oak Tree at the prices below, which include breakfast.

To book, please phone the Oak Tree directly on the number below or use the booking form on the website.  If booking online you need to pop a message in the ‘special request box’ on the booking form to say you are booking for the WHW running weekend, so that you will guarantee the special rate.  Rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis – no ballot for this one!

  • Twin rooms                                 £65.00 per room per night
  • Double rooms                             £65.00 per room per night
  • Single rooms                               £55.00 per room per night
  • Superior rooms                          £70.00 per room per night
  • Family room (sleeps 4)            £87.50 per room per night
  • Deluxe rooms                              £77.50 per room per night
  • Pod                                                  £65.00 per room per night

The Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha, Loch Lomond

e: info@theoaktreeinn.co.uk t: 01360 870357

w: www.theoaktreeinn.co.uk

Posted – Monday 24th October 2016

The link for entries for the 2017 race is

https://www.sientries.co.uk/event.php?event_id=3118

The site will be open for the whole month of November for you to send it your entries.

Posted – Tuesday 12th October 2016

The 2017 entry criteria has been updated for the 2017 race.

Please checkout all the pages for more information about the race, past results, race reports, podcasts and much more.

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