The world’s best trail runners will descend on Kinlochleven for Skyrunning weekend

The start of a Salomon Skylines Scotland race at the Event Village outside The Ice Factor, Kinlochleven. Photograph: ©Salomon Skyline Scotland® | No Limits Photography

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The full schedule of trail running for the two-day Salomon Skyline Scotland event in Kinlochleven has been released with a UK final included.

Attracting some of the best trail runners with world-class events on September 19 and 20, the weekend also has 5k, 10k and 18k for amateur runners.

Now in its fourth year, the gruelling Ring of Steall Skyrace will be the first event on Saturday and the final event in the Golden Trail National Series (GTNS) in the UK.

The route, that has already established itself as a classic skyrunning event, has 29km and 2,500m of ascent and incorporates two lofty ridges within the Mamores.

A skyrunner in action during the Ben Nevis Ultra. Photograph: ©Salomon Skyline Scotland® | No Limits Photography

The GTNS aims to bring the strongest and most ambitious off-road runners into a ‘super circuit’ with a Grand Finale in the Azores and a chances to compete in the Golden Trail World Series.

Also on Saturday will be the Mamores Vertical Kilometre race in which participants gain 1,000m of ascent in less than 5k.

Sunday September 20 will have two races for highly experienced competitors.

Starting at 7.30am, the Glen Coe Skyline race is a pure test of speed, endurance and skill across a 52k route with a staggering 4,750m of ascent.

The second 52k race on Sunday will be the Ben Nevis Ultra with almost 4,000m of climbing and great variability in the terrain, the race includes a traverse of one of Scotland’s most famous ridges, the Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête, leading to the summit of Ben Nevis.

Billed as Britain’s toughest 5k, the Grey Mare’s Trails Race follows the popular walking route in Kinlochleven.

Held on much of the same terrain, the Loch Eilde Mòr Trail 10k, and Three Mealls Trail Race 18k take runnners into remote terrain near the River Leven.

The 5k and 10k will be available at half price entry for participants under 18, and youngsters aged 6-12 will be able to tackle a ‘Fun Trail’ run.

The 2019 event saw some warm weather for much of the festival and the relaxed atmosphere of the Event Village drew many to stick around after competing. Photograph: ©Salomon Skyline Scotland® | No Limits Photography

In addition, the Event Village will be open throughout the festival with speakers, Q&A sessions, live music and advice from some of the leading outdoor brands.

For more information and to apply for races, visit www.skylinescotland.com. They are expected to fill up fast.