Ar­ran plays host to fi­nal races in AlpinUl­tras se­ries

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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.’

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