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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 25 km Tarsuinn Trail and a gruelling 71 km 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 25 km 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 52 km Desafio ‘El Cainejo, the 93 km Ultra Trail Valls d’Aneu and the 100 km Ultra Trail Valls d’Aneu, all of them in Spain.
The event timeline starts today (Friday), with the 6.5 km vertical race and a prize-giving at Brodick Golf Club. Tomorrow (Saturday), the Ultra race will start at 6am while the 25 km race will begin at 12.30pm, both will have a prize-giving 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 and Find Your Adrenaline 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’.
Casey Morgan takes to the mountains in preparation for the Ultra Trail Scotland. No_B39run01