Alternative Running / Walking Challenges within Lochaber

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1 Ben Nevis Race
Upwards and onwards
Held annually in September for experienced hill runners only.
Approx 8.7 miles from Claggan Park in Fort William, to the summit of Ben Nevis 4406 ft, and back again
The current Men’s record stands at 1 25 34 and the Ladies record is 1 43 25.
2 The Glencoe Munro Circuit

The Glen Coe Ridges
Descent off Sgorr nam Fiannaidh
Aonach Eagach Ridge

A complete circuit of the 8 Munros flanking Glen Coe.
19 miles with 12 750 feet of ascent, commencing at the Clachaig Inn, travelling anticlockwise towards Bidean nam Bain, then heading east towards Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor, crossing the A82, ascending onto the Aonach Eagach ridge before descending back to the Clachaig Inn.
This circuit can also be completed by travelling in a clockwise direction.
The original circuit was devised in 1980 by Bobby Shields of Lochaber A C.

3 West Highland Way

West Highland Way
Loch Lomond
Rannoch Moor
Buachaille Etive Mor

A very popular walk, covering a distance of 95 miles, from Milngavie on the outskirts of Glasgow to Fort William,via Loch Lomond, Tyndrum, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe and Kinlochleven.

West Highland Way new finishing pointNew Official Finishing PointFollowing authorisation from the Scottish Government in January 2010 the walk has been increased to 96 miles, finishing in Gordon Square at the west end of Fort William
West Highland Way Race

The West Highland Way Race
The route is also recognised as Scotland’s longest single stage race, held annually (mid summer)
Course records:
(M) 15 hours 07 minutes: set in 2013 by Paul Giblin
(F)  17 hours 16 minutes: set in 2007 by Lucy Colquhoun

4 The Great Glen Way

Start at Fort William
Neptune’s Staircase
Caledonian Canal
Way markers
Trees of the Laggan Corridor
Loch Oich
 Inverness from the finish point

This recently established walk includes a distance of 73 miles linking Fort William to Inverness via the Caledonian Canal and the Great Glen

Both the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way follow a series of recognised way markers, and can be completed over several days depending on the participant’s choice
There is also a wide variety of affordable accommodation options within each section of these walks.

5 The Cape Wrath Trail

Fort William & Ben Nevis
Loch Glencoul
The stack

The Cape Wrath Trail is just short of 200-miles long and runs from Fort William to the most north-west tip of the Scottish mainland, before finishing at the lighthouse at Cape Wrath, it follows an interesting, challenging and often remote route.

Journey completion normally takes up to 14 days
Unlike the 2 previous walks, there are no specific way markers; the route choice is that of the walker(s)
This walk is more suited to backpackers, although with variations on route choice, you may find accommodation and refreshment facilities along the way
This walk could be described as the hardest long distance backpacking journey in the UK.

6 The Caledonian Challenge

Caledonian Challenge
The Walk of Your Life

The Caledonian Challenge offers you ‘The Walk of Your Life’. The goal is for teams to complete 54 miles in 24 hours, whilst helping to support some of the UK’s most isolated communities by raising at least £2,000 exclusively for the Scottish Community Foundation.

The Challenge takes you through some of Scotland’s most famous, remote, rugged and stunningly beautiful landscapes. Starting at Gairlochy, your team will walk the famous Great Glen Ways and West Highland Way footpaths via Checkpoints at Fort William, Kinlochleven, Glencoe Ski Centre and Inveroran, before finishing the Challenge at Auchtertyre.

7 The Big Ben Nevis Triathlon

1900m Swim
90km Mountain Bike
Run to summit of the Ben and back

This race is held annually in September, the specific dates will vary due to the need for high tide in the morning.

The event includes:
1 A 1900m swim in Loch Linnhe
2 A 90km Mountain bike section around the Cow Hill and Glen Nevis
3 A run to the Summit of Ben Nevis and Back

There is also a short course available, which is exactly half of the above.

8 East Highland Way

East Highland Way
The finish of the West Highland/start of the East Highland Ways
The finish of East Highland Way

The newly established East Highland Way traverses the dramatic landscapes of the Highlands of Scotland.

Starting in the Outdoor Capital of the Highlands, Fort William you start in the shadow of Ben Nevis until reaching Spean Bridge. From there you travel eastwards into the Highlands. Dappled light through broadleaf forests, crystal lochs and the powerful scent of the Caledonian Pine Forest will guide you through to Aviemore.

9 Archie bagging

Archies book

An excellent means of challenging yourself in the Scottish Mountains. There are 130 mountains in Scotland over 1000m with over 100m drop on all sides. They are all confined to mainland Scotland, and more than worthy of being recognised in whole or in part as an excellent challenging mountain adventure.
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