Competitive action at final Skyline event

Staff and volunteers at Skyline Scotland outside the Ice Factor. Photograph: No Limits Photography.

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The last Salomon Skyline Scotland in Kinlochleven was memorable.

A weekend of contrasting weather provided stellar conditions for the runners on the  Saturday and challenging conditions on the Sunday resulting in the two longer races being curtailed.

Lachie Ives and Mary Butler won the Salomon Lochaber 80 Trail Ultra. This epic and grand loop of Ben Nevis took place after a stunning day out on the remote Lochaber trails.

Lachie had an impressive winning time of 8 hours 6 minutes, while Mary not only won the women’s race, but came third overall in 10 hours 19 minutes.

Runners on Ring of Steall race. Photograph: No Limits Photography.

It was a competitive field at the Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace with more than 500 runners taking part.

Experienced ultra-runner Gavin Dale and GB International Sarah Willhoit were the well-deserved winners as they tackled exciting ridge running in glorious Scottish sunshine.

Sarah Willhoit – Ring of Steall 2023 winner. Photograph: No Limits Photography.

Bad weather put an early stop to the Glen Coe Skyline, with the course finishing at checkpoint nine, avoiding the exposed Aonach Eagach.

Runners still had to tackle the famous Curved Ridge though so it was a tough day out for everyone, despite the reduced course. Philip Rutter and Naomi Lang were the winners.

David Haunschmidt, right, won the 2023 Salomon Skyline Scotland Ben Nevis Ultra. Photograph: No Limits Photography.

David Haunschmidt and Alicia Schwarzenbach were this year’s Ben Nevis Ultra winners. This event was also impacted by the wind and rain meaning the bad weather route was brought into play avoiding the final exposed section across the Mamores.

Runners on the Ben Nevis Ultra. Photograph: No Limits Photography.

There were four further trail races over the weekend, which proved hugely popular with around 500 runners of all abilities who took part.

Friends and family of the competitors made the event village a lively place to hang out and enjoy the atmosphere over the weekend.

Skyline Scotland now takes a break before returning in 2025 at a new venue in Scotland.

The mystery around this location was certainly the main item of discussion over the weekend this year. Details will be revealed in due course.

Featured image: Staff and volunteers at Skyline Scotland outside the Ice Factor. Photograph: No Limits Photography. NO_F39_SalomonSkyline_07: