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Inaugural Loch Ness Challenge gets 450 sign-ups as event takes place this weekend

By Andrew Henderson

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The first Loch Ness Challenge will finally take place this weekend with 450 people signed up to participate from around the world.

The Loch Ness Challenge takes place this weekend.
The Loch Ness Challenge takes place this weekend.

Starting today and continuing to Sunday, it is the newest long-distance trail event to be added to the calendar, and has been created by Visit Inverness Loch Ness (VILN) to follow the existing Loch Ness 360° trail.

Participants can take on any or all of a marathon challenge, an ultra marathon challenge and a bike challenge totalling 129km and an ascent of more than 3km along the Great Glen Way and the South Loch Ness Trail.

The ultra marathon challenge covers the three marathons in a 24-hour time limit.

People have signed up from afar afield as America and New Zealand, while the field also includes Salomon-sponsored Donnie Campbell and Etape Loch Ness podium finishers Andrew MacRae, Lynne Cordiner and Natalie Munro.

The Loch Ness Challenge is being sponsored by SSE Renewables.

Michael Golding, CEO of VILN, said: “After two years of postponements, we’re so excited to finally host the inaugural Loch Ness Challenge.

“I’m sure it will be worth the wait, with many people experiencing the spectacular Loch Ness 360° trail for the first time.

“Thank you to everyone supporting the event, including our amazing volunteers, some of whom will even be there overnight when our ultra marathon runners will be on the trail.

“We hope the Loch Ness Challenge will provide an economic boost for the area and the communities around Loch Ness. I’d encourage anyone in the area to get involved and cheer on our participants.”

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