Altra West Highland Way Race 2021 is CANCELLED
Update on entries from Ian Beattie, Race Director
I am very sorry to let you know that we have decided to cancel this year’s Altra West Highland Way Race.
After a great deal of discussion, we have reached the conclusion that we believe there are too many significant concerns around the organisation of this year’s race to allow it to go ahead. We appreciate that we may have been able to make adjustments to our normal format that might allow a race of sorts to take place, but feel this would not give competitors a ‘proper’ West Highland Way Race experience of the normal high quality. It would also leave us exposed to some significant risks, particularly in terms of competitor, support crew and race crew health and safety issues.
I know how disappointed everyone will be at this decision, and can assure you that the disappointment is shared by all of the race committee.
We are planning to organise a virtual event around the normal race weekend, and are also looking at organising an alternative ultra-marathon event on part of the West Highland Way trail later in the year. More details on both of these will follow.
All runners will have received an email with details about the cancellation and procedures for refund.
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.
2021 will see the 36th running of this great race. It would be my pleasure to welcome you in the future.
Ian Beattie - Race Director
I wanted to let you know that entries will open soon for this year’s Virtual Altra West Highland Way Race. It will be organised along similar lines to last year, with entrants needing to cover 95 miles between 00.01 on Friday 11 June and 12 noon on Sunday 20 June. We’ll only have one cut-off […]
A couple of recent updates to the Altra WHW Race website which may be of interest A new GPX of the route is available for download. This is taken from the 2019 Race and includes the new finish at the Nevis Centre. Available here We recently asked the WHW family to submit their favourite pictures […]
I am very sorry to let you know that we have decided to cancel this year’s Altra West Highland Way Race. After a great deal of discussion, we have reached the conclusion that we believe there are too many significant concerns around the organisation of this year’s race to allow it to go ahead. We […]