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The team who brought Beast Race to the Highlands are launching a new Loch Ness 24 trail running challenge next summer

By Alasdair Fraser

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Loch Ness 24 logo
Loch Ness 24 logo

A new 24-hour trail running challenge will be held by the shores of Loch Ness next summer.

Early bird entries for The Loch Ness 24, a gruelling solo or team relay, open tomorrow (Thurs) at 12 noon.

Conceived by the team behind the popular Beast race series, organisers are promising an epic endurance test in stunning scenery, woodland and along Loch Ness beaches near Dores.

The event will be held on August 27 and 28.

A statement by the Loch Ness 24 team said: “A very different kind of challenge is launching very soon!

“The Loch Ness 24 is a brand new 24hr solo or team relay trail running race on the banks of the world's most famous Loch.

“Take on the ultimate endurance challenge and clock up as many seven kilometre laps as you can along the most spectacular trails through ancient Scots pine forest and along the beaches of Loch Ness.

Loch Ness 24 race map
Loch Ness 24 race map

“Soak up the festival atmosphere and camaraderie at the event village and camp out under the stars in the most iconic location.

The aim of the contest is simple - the solo participant or team in each team size category with the most laps will win.

There is an element of strategy as breaks are allowed between laps, with the onus on solo athletes and teams to work out the best strategy for maximising laps and distance covered.

Six laps will represent full marathon distance with 15 laps taking teams and individuals through the 100 km mark.

Solo runners will be encouraged to have a dedicated support team behind them.

For the teams of between two and 12 members, only one will be on the course at any given time and each member must run at least one full lap.

There will also be an event village with music, 24hr food sales, a bar with non-alcoholic options and charity support hubs.

Organisers expect to attract entrants with a wide range of fitness levels from occasional park runners to ultra endurance athletes.

Loch Ness 24 aerial view
Loch Ness 24 aerial view

A managed camping location will also be provided with toilets and fresh water.

Solo entry costs £95, with team entry £75 per person.

There will also be discounted charity pledge ticket for just £40 entry for those pledging to raise a minimum of £250 for one of the event’s official charity partners.

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