Ultra test for runners as Rat Race returns

A staggered start at Brodick beach for the Ultra event.

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Almost 400 runners took part in the Ultra Tour of Arran organised by Rat Race Adventure Sports last weekend.

Ormidale Park was transformed into a tented village to accommodate the mainly visiting runners taking on the trail route challenge. They had arrived by ferry throughout the day on Friday.

Runners enjoyed dry, bright weather for their two runs – a far cry from last year’s atrocious conditions. The competitors covered nearly 60 miles over the weekend including big elevations as they made their way over mountains, glens, forests, boggy terrain and coastal footpaths.

The race had a staggered early morning start each day beside the beach at Fisherman’s Walk.

Day one on Saturday took the runners south for a 27.6 mile run with a total elevation of 3,382 feet. The Sunday run saw them take on a 29.6 mile route with a total climb of 5,786 feet, including Goatfell summit.

The event, first hosted in 2018, was cancelled in 2020 as a result of the pandemic and last year it was disrupted by ferry cancellations, rain, hail, snow and high winds and two postponements to the start date.


Runners give a loud cheer ahead of the race start. 01_B15rat01

A staggered start at Brodick beach for the Ultra event. 01_B15rat02

Runners set off on their 27.6 mile run on Saturday. 01_B15rat03

A runner is all smiles as he makes his way out of Brodick. 01_B15rat04

All photographs by Hugh Boag