Scottish success as mountain racing returns to Lochaber

Donations were presented to Glencoe and Lochaber MRTs at Skyline Scotland 2021 - copyright No Limits Photography.

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Thousands of runners and spectators gathered in Kinlochleven over the weekend of September 18/19 for Salomon Skyline Scotland 2021.

Two days of mountain running saw athletes exploring the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands in a series of skyraces and trail runs. Many more people turned up to enjoy the atmosphere, free talks, live music and food and drink in the Skyline Scotland Event Village in the centre of Kinlochleven near the finish line for all the races.

There was success for Scottish athletes in the toughest race of the event, the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline, with winners in both the men’s and women’s races – Andrew Fallas, Edinburgh, and Georgia Tindley, Kingussie.

During the prizegiving ceremony in the Event Village on Saturday afternoon, donations collected from entrants were handed to Glencoe and Lochaber mountain rescue teams. Each team received £3,000.

Andy Nelson of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) said: ‘The donation is significant for us because all rescue teams in the UK are staffed by volunteers and rely on donations.

‘A fraction of the finance to run our services comes from government and other organisations, such as the police. Donations from the public are vital to be able run our service. We are grateful for the money from runners in this event.’

Mike Smith of Lochaber MRT added: ‘Our team needs about £85,000 annually on average to run and we only receive £24,000 funding so every other penny of that comes from the public.

‘We could not do what we do without that. This money is super kind. I hope participants will remember, too, that all mountain rescue teams across the UK need donations like this to keep going.’

For more news from Salomon Skyline Scotland 2021 and to find the full results from the races, visit www.skylinescotland.com and follow @skylinescotland on social media for future updates. Photographs at www.lochabertimes.co.uk