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ALTRA Virtual West Highland Way Race
June 12 @ 12:00 am - June 21 @ 12:00 pm
The June event will see participants run or walk 95 miles over 9.5 days
Following the cancellation of the iconic West Highland Way Race on Midsummer weekend, organisers have arranged a virtual event.
Starting at midnight on Thursday June 12, it will see participants run or walk 95 miles (155km) over 9.5 days, either individually, as a semi-competitive three-person team relay or as a multi-team fun relay.
Participants are encouraged to stay local, running from home and following government guidelines on social distancing, for the period of the race. Like all virtual events, it relies on honesty, logging some miles as accurately as participants can, and having fun.
Unlike the traditional race, organisers are actively discouraging anyone from covering 95 miles in one go. Instead, people can run segments of their choosing, reaching the three check point cut offs, and then uploading details to the online platform.
Inversnaid – Leg 1: 36 miles to be completed by midnight Mon 15/06
Victoria Bridge, by Loch Tulla – Leg 2: 27 miles to be completed by midnight Thurs 18/06
Fort William – Leg 3: 32 miles giving a total of 95 miles to be completed midday Sun 21/06
Each runner or team will decide a strategy according to their own ambitions and available time. Run and enjoy long single stages or break it down into smaller (and possibly faster) stages.
On the evening of Saturday June 20, there will also be a live podcast hosted by John Kynaston. He will chat with previous race winners and characters from earlier West Highland Way races along with a quiz.
Full details are available on the ALTRA West Highland Way Race website at westhighlandwayrace.org
Ian Beattie, race director, said: “While we are all disappointed that this year’s actual race had to be cancelled, we hope that the virtual ‘race’ and evening entertainment will provide a bit of fun for the Altra West Highland Way Race community.
“It should be a nice opportunity to let everyone involved in the race come together in the week prior to the race itself and over the traditional race weekend.
“Many thanks to Adrian Stott, John Kynaston and Keith Hughes for all their work in pulling everything together in a short space of time.”