Kinlochleven provides stage for global trail running series

Some of the world’s elite trail, mountain and ultra-runners will gather in Kinlochleven to tackle races across a range of distances and terrains. Photograph: No Limits Photography.

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Elite trail, mountain and ultra-runners will gather in Kinlochleven this autumn to tackle races across a range of distances and terrains.

Held over the weekend of September 17 and 18, Salomon Skyline Scotland will host two events around the village as part of a global trail running series.

This year will see the debut of the Mamores Stalker 27K Trail Race and the Lochaber 80 Trail Ultra which will both feature in the Spartan Trail World Championship.

Salomon Skyline Scotland 2022 offers two days of mountain running that includes races for all ages and abilities, ranging in distance from 5K to 80K, and runs for children.

The event includes renowned skyrunning races that explore the spectacular scenery of the Highlands, lower level trail runs, plus an event village in Kinlochleven with refreshments, exhibitors, speakers and entertainment.

The Spartan Trail World Championship is a series of races around the world that gathers the best of the best: historical races, outstanding landscapes and scenery and challenging courses, all closely connected to the communities in which they take place.

There are two championship categories – trail runs up to 49K and trail ultras at 50K and longer – and both will be available at Salomon Skyline Scotland in September.

The Mamores Stalker is pitched as a fast and furious 27K trail race and is quite different from the Salomon Skyline Scotland mountain-based races that are rooted in skyrunning. Following a classic trail race route, it will be a true test with steep climbs, technical descents, hugely varied terrain and a course that weaves through the magical ancient woodland surrounding Kinlochleven, framed perfectly by the towering mountains all around.

The Lochaber 80 is also significantly different from Salomon Skyline Scotland’s established ultra races like the Ben Nevis Ultra. Whereas that follows the ridgelines of mountains, the Lochaber 80 weaves through the glens into some of Scotland’s most remote and wild terrain. It is a wilderness ultra that makes the best use of the established paths, trails and tracks which, combined with the very generous cut-off times, makes it an achievable dream for the majority of participants.

Both events will feature in the Spartan Trail Ultra World Championship.

Shane Ohly, race director of Salomon Skyline Scotland, said: ‘The Mamores Stalker and
Lochaber 80 complement our existing races perfectly and we are excited these two races will add another dimension to Salomon Skyline Scotland.

‘The event weekend of trail and mountain running continues to be the only event in the UK on a par with the biggest races in Europe, with its festival atmosphere, elite runners and massive international attendance.

‘One of the special experiences of Skyline Scotland is to be in the same race as the best elite runners in the world and this year there will be twice the opportunity to see how you measure up.’

Entries for all of the 2022 Salomon Skyline Scotland events are open at
www.skylinescotland.com. Visit the website and follow @skylinescotland on social media for the latest event updates.

Photograph: Some of the world’s elite trail, mountain and ultra-runners will gather in Kinlochleven to tackle races across a range of distances and terrains. Photograph: No Limits Photography. NO_F14_Salomon Skyline Scotland_The Lochaber 80 _copyright No Limits Photography