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Mountain running series set for summer return

Spectacular scenery on the route of the Cape Wrath Ultra
Spectacular scenery on the route of the Cape Wrath Ultra (Image credit: Steve Ashworth)

A running events company has its sights set on August as a return to racing. 

Ourea Events has confirmed details of all of the company’s key events this year. They include: the Cape Wrath Ultra® from August 1 to 8; the SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day® from August 28 to 30; and the Dragon’s Back Race® from September to 11; and Salomon Skyline Scotland® from September 18 to 19. 

The race programme resumes with the eight-day Cape Wrath Ultra. Competitors run  through the spectacular and remote landscape of the North West Highlands of Scotland from Fort William to Cape Wrath, which is the most north westerly point on mainland Britain. .

Although social distancing may not be difficult for significant aspects of the event, Ourea Events will be putting in place all necessary measures to meet the Scottish Government’s most up to date COVID-related requirements, to ensure the safety of runners, volunteers, staff and local communities. 

The same principles will be applied to the events that follow, but will be adapted to meet the latest rules in England, Wales and Scotland respectively.

Runners compete over eight days in the Cape Wrath Ultra (Image credit: Steve Ashworth)

Confidence in a return to racing

Shane Ohly of Ourea Events said: “The last year has been immensely difficult for everyone and as both a race organiser and participant, I have an acute awareness of the impact that the pandemic has had on the events sector, and in particular on mountain running.

“At Ourea Events, we share the huge frustration of runners everywhere and like them, we are desperately keen for a return to events. However, we must make sure that this is done safely.

 We put on races in three different nations and each event is very distinct, presenting us with very specific challenges to address.

“For many months now, we’ve been preparing for the moment when we can line up runners on the starting line for one of our iconic events, and now, finally, we are confident that this will happen in August and September. 

“I know that everyone associated with our events is as excited as I am about what will be a thrilling return to mountain running races in the second half of 2021.” 

Ourea Events races routinely sell out, but inevitably there are entrants who for a variety of reasons will not be able to participate on revised dates. A small number of places are now available for the Cape Wrath Ultra. See Ourea Events

Fiona Russell

Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.