Info: New entries for this event closed on Monday 14th June 2021.
Solo - £5 + £2 if unattached
We know how much so many of you enjoyed last year's virtual West Highland Way Race, so we are doing it again with a couple of exciting new changes. AND with entry a nominal £5 plus optional charity donation, we feel we are the best value £ per mile virtual event going!
This is an opportunity to virtually run, walk or crawl the 95 miles (153km) distance of the West Highland Way while imagining yourself travelling along Scotland’s iconic long distance trail. We will be asking you to follow government guidelines for the period of the race. This year with guidelines being relaxed, we hope it gives some of you the opportunity to get out on The Way itself and log a few miles or explore some new trails wherever you are. You should even be able to form your own small “Bubbles” to run with.
Like all virtual events, it relies on honesty from everyone, just getting out there, logging some miles as accurately as you can, and having some serious fun too.
The event starts at one second past midnight on Friday morning 11 June and ends at midday Sunday 20 June. Runners have 9.5 days to complete the 95 miles.
We are actively discouraging anyone from running 95 miles in one go.
The virtual run allows runners to run 95 miles, over 9.5 days,either individually, as a semi competitive 3 runner team relay, or as a multi team fun relay.
In a change from last year, you will just have one mid race checkpoint to reach, as well as the finish in Fort William. You run segments of your choosing which must be completed by the 2 checkpoint cut off deadlines. Checkpoints are at:
Milngavie to Tyndrum - Leg 1: 53 miles that must be completed in 5 days between 00.01 on Friday 11 June and 23.59 on Tuesday 15 June.
Tyndrum to Fort William - Leg 2: 42 miles, in 4 and a half days, giving a total of 95 miles to be completed by 12.00 noon on Sunday 20 June.
With the relaxing of travel and guidelines, the quick thinking amongst you will appreciate while we are not encouraging anyone to run 95 miles in one go, it does give the opportunity, if your own time and situation allows, to run 2 long runs on either weekend, as well as the go as you please option.
After you have completed a Leg, please could Team Captains return to SiEntries and EDIT MY ENTRY so that you can record your time for the leg. The leaderboard will update dynamically as soon as you add your data, so you can all have fun watching each other too!
For those not familiar with the full trail route, info is on the regular Race website http://westhighlandwayrace.org
YOU decide your strategy according to your available time and ambitions. Run and enjoy long single stages or break it down in smaller (and possibly faster) stages - your own imagination is your only guide.
SOLO RUNNERS - YOU will be responsible for uploading your results at the end of each stage. If you are recording your runs on Strava, please update your SiEntries Registration details to include your Strava ID.
TEAM OF 3 RELAY TEAMS - Team captain please ask EACH team member for their SiEntries ID, Surname and email address. This will make it much easier to enter your team and it means that each team member can update their SiEntries Registration details to include their Strava ID. The Team Captain will be responsible for uploading the time and the distances covered by each team member at the end of each stage.
FUN RELAY ANY SIZE TEAM - Team captain doesn't need to enter details of individual team members. YOU will be responsible for uploading your time and the distances covered by each team member at the end of each stage.
We will send an email with instructions for loading results to all participants in due course.
Minimum age 21 on 11 June 2021 for the individual race… no age limit for relay but under 15's should be sensibly and socially chaperoned with suggested maximum 5k stages.
Please take a few minutes to understand the virtual event and what it involves, before entering. Running isn't cancelled, it is just adapting.
No overall prizes, but spot prizes awarded in an ad hoc simple fashion by the race and sponsors.
Although the leaderboard will rely on honesty and give everyone a little fun and focus, the organising team reserve the right to ask for any data confirmation, should we spot any obvious "outlier performances😊!"
RAISING MONEY FOR PLAY FOR CHANGE
The entry fee covers admin costs by the race and SiEntries in setting up the platform. The West Highland Way Race continues to be a not for profit event, run by volunteers. We have kept the cost of entry very low and any surplus funds will be donated to Play for Change, a charity suggested by Katrina, Jo, Emma, Laura and Hollie Kynaston. Play for Change is an International Sport for Development Charity, which has the goal of enhancing life opportunities for under-privileged children by using the powerful values of sport. We believe that raising funds for this charity will be a lovely way for us to remember John, and for us all to recognise the impact his life had through his work abroad, his work in sport, and his work with children. There is also an opportunity to add a donation to Play for Change during the entry process, and the race has also set up a fundraising page at https://justgiving.com/fundraising/virtualwhw . Please donate generously.
An event Buff and tee shirt will be available to purchase. We will notify entrants, and make an announcement on the race FB page, as soon as details are finalised.