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Arrochar Alps Hill Race

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Saturday 29th June 2019

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Entries Open
Tuesday 21st May 2019
Entries Close
Wednesday 26th June 2019
Entries so Far
170 Participants
Pre-selection Entries
20 Participants
Entry Fees
Entry Fee   £10.00   
Race Organiser - Rob Mcquater

Competitors must be at least 18 years old and should have previous experience of at least two category AL races, or equivalent. Ultras and long trail races are not considered equivalent experience.

Runners should be familiar with traveling across rough, trackless mountain terrain and be able to support themselves safely in all weathers. A key part of staying safe during the race is the ability to navigate accurately, while alone and often in poor visibility. The race route is not marked, with the exception of the last 2km or so along the forestry track to the finish. The ground from the summit of Ben Vorlich to the summit of Beinn Ime is pathless and cloud regularly covers the hillsides from the cols upwards. As a result, careful navigation is often required for much of the race.

Runners must carry full waterproof body cover, hat, gloves, route map, compass, whistle, food and drink. Maps should be laminated or in a waterproof map case or bag. Kit will be checked at registration, before you are issued with a race number.

Starting at sea level, the race heads up Glen Loin to the foot of Ben Vorlich, where runners pick their line to the summit cairn, a few hundred yards to the north of the trig point. Then it’s a very steep descent and over the Sloy Dam, before tackling the consistently steep ascent to Ben Vane. From the summit of Ben Vane head to the Lag Uaine, avoiding the many crags along the way and then climb SW to Beinn Ime. Footpaths suddenly reappear at the top of Beinn Ime and it’s fast going to the Bealach a Mhaim and on up to the fairly featureless summit plateau of Ben Narnain. The climbing is now all done but beware the sting in the tail on the descent back down to Succoth!

The following cut off times will be enforced;

13:15 - Ben Vorlich summit
14:30 - Ben Vane summit
15:30 - Beinn Ime summit

Please remember that the cut off times are there for the safety of the marshals, as well as the runners. The aim is to get all runners back to the finish within six and a half hours. This places a reasonable limit on the amount of time that marshals need to spend in exposed locations on the summits, often in unpleasant weather.

Registration is at the Three Villages hall in Arrochar from 09:00 to 10:40. Parking at the hall is limited, but there is plenty available at the head of the loch, very close to the start / finish of the race. Note that the start / finish is about 1km from the hall. There will be a safety briefing at the start line at 10:50 and the race will start at 11:00 prompt. After the race there will be food for runners and marshals (normally soup, filled roll and tea or coffee).

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