Arran plays host to final races in AlpinUltras series
The mountains of Arran will play host to three running events over two days this weekend as part of the final instalment in the AlpinUltras series of events.
Known as the Ultra Trail Scotland, organised by Find Your Adrenaline, the high altitude races will comprise a vertical dash to the top of Goatfell, a 25km Tarsuinn Trail and a gruelling 71km route from Brodick to Lochranza and back.
Given the gruelling nature and terrain of the Ultra race, only experienced athletes are considered and the race numbers are limited to 100 people. The 25km race and vertical dash are open to 150 competitors in each race with many of the entries choosing to take part in both events. All three events will start at the main hub at the Ormidale Pavilion.
Other races which make up the four in the AlpinUltras series are the 52km Desafio ‘El Cainejo, the 93km Ultra Trail Valls d’Aneu and the 100km Ultra Trail Valls d’Aneu, all of them in Spain.
The event timeline starts today (Friday), with the 6.5km vertical race and a prize-giving at Brodick Golf Club. Tomorrow (Saturday), the Ultra race will start at 6am while the 25km race will begin at 12.30pm, both will have a prizegiving ceremony at the Ormidale Pavilion later in the day.
Noreen Devine, event manager for Ultra Trail Scotland, has involved the landowner estates, Arran Mountain Rescue Team, police and medical services and the community council, along with North Ayrshire Council, in arranging the event.
Casey Morgan, owner/ director at Ultra Trail Scotland said: ‘I’ve competed in Ultra Trail races all over the world as part of the Compressport Team and Arran always plays a huge part in my preparation. I’m really excited to share this race with everyone and to show how stunning this little corner of Scotland is.’