2017 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 West Highland Way Race. Entries are now open!
The 2017 Midsummer Highland Relay takes place on Saturday 24th 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 female team. 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.