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Cape Wrath Ultra and Salomon Skyline Scotland among events back on schedule for mountain runners in summer 2021

By John Davidson

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Enjoying the north-west Highlands on the route of the Cape Wrath Ultra. Picture: Steve Ashworth
Enjoying the north-west Highlands on the route of the Cape Wrath Ultra. Picture: Steve Ashworth

An eight-day ultra-running event is set to return to Sutherland this summer, organisers have announced.

Ourea Events has confirmed that the Cape Wrath Ultra will be the first of its events to go ahead this year.

Participants will spend eight days negotiating a 400km route through the spectacular and remote landscape of the north-west Highlands, starting at Fort William and ending at the light house at Cape Wrath.

The company says that although social distancing may not be difficult for significant aspects of the event, it will be putting in place all necessary measures to meet the Scottish Government’s most up to date Covid-related requirements, to ensure the safety of runners, volunteers, staff and local communities.

The Salomon Skyline Scotland weekend is also planned to take place over the weekend of September 18-19, incorporating seven different off-road running events including the Glencoe Skyline race.

Ourea Events is also promising to stage the SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day from August 28-30 and the Dragon’s Back Race from September 6-11.

Shane Ohly, of Ourea Events, said: “The last year has been immensely difficult for everyone and as both a race organiser and participant, I have an acute awareness of the impact that the pandemic has had on the events sector, and in particular on mountain running.

"At Ourea Events, we share the huge frustration of runners everywhere and like them, we are desperately keen for a return to events. However, we must make sure that this is done safely. We put on races in three different nations and each event is very distinct, presenting us with very specific challenges to address.

“For many months now, we’ve been preparing for the moment when we can line up runners on the starting line for one of our iconic events, and now, finally, we are confident that this will happen in August and September.

"It’s going to be a very busy time in the build-up and will culminate in a frenetic two months. But I know that everyone associated with our events is as excited as I am about what will be a thrilling return to mountain running races in the second half of 2021.”

A limited number of places are available for the one-off August edition of the Cape Wrath Ultra.

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