Dates & Schedule
Friday 15th September 2017
1400-1800 - Salomon Mamores VK™ spectating opportunities
1700 - Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™: Registration Open
1830 - Speaker & Film Night
2000 - Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™: Registration Close
Saturday 16th September 2017
0240-50 - Assemble ahead of 0300-sharp departure
0300 - Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™: Early Start coach departs for Fort Augustus
0340-50 - Assemble ahead of 0400-sharp departure
0400 - Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™: Standard Start coaches depart for Fort Augustus
0500 - Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™: Early Start
0600 - Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™: Standard Start
1830 - Speaker & Film Night
~2000 - Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™: Prize Ceremony
0000 - Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™: Course Closes
Location & Accommodation
The Event Village, Parking, Start and the Finish will be at the Ice Factor in the centre of Kinlochleven. Registration will be a 2-minute walk away in the Leven Centre (see map above). The address is:
The Ice Factor
Please note that the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ starts in Fort Augustus, and transport to the start from Kinlochleven is provided for those who have confirmed their place on the coach.
Nearby accommodation includes:
- The Tailrace Inn (hotel rooms: <0.5km)
- The Highland Getaway (hotel rooms: <0.5km)
- MacDonald's Hotel (hotel rooms, cabins, camping: 1km)
- Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park (camping: 6km)*
- Clachaig Inn (hotel rooms, self catering: 17km)
- Glencoe Youth Hostel (dorm rooms, private rooms: 17km)
- Glencoe Independent Hostel (dorm rooms, private rooms: 17km)
There are further options within Kinlochleven including many B&Bs. There are also more options in Glencoe (11km) and Ballachulish (12km) and an abundance of options in Fort William (35km)
*Due to lack of demand in 2016, the limited minibus shuttle service between Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park (PH50 4RJ) and the event centre at Kinlochleven will not run in 2017.
The Nature of the Challenge
The Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ follows in the tradition of Skyrunning, which consists of uncompromising mountain running, such as easy scrambling along mountain ridges with steep ascents, traverses and descents on technical and challenging terrain. The Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ route is only suitable for experienced and competent mountain runners.
The organisers have an obligation to ensure that the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ is as safe as possible, but without diminishing the nature of the challenge. The nature of the challenge is serious and there is a risk of serious injury or death whilst participating in this event.
The race route traverses high and remote mountainous terrain. Once committed to some sections of the race route, especially the ridges, it is difficult to retreat or deviate from the commitment of the race route.
The entire route is subject to rapidly changing, highly variable and extremely severe weather. For this reason, competitors must be capable of a ‘robust completion’ of the route in all but the most serious weather conditions.
The route is at times very rough underfoot with long sections of rock and scree-covered terrain. There is a considerable amount of ascent and descent. In general, aside from this technical terrain, there are long sections of easier running.
If you do not explicitly understand these terms, or have no direct personal experience of easy scrambling and mountain ridges, then the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ is not suitable for you.
Parking for competitors and spectators at the event is in designated parking areas only. The local community has been very supportive of the event but has asked that visitors to the event do not park on the residential streets in Kinlochleven as they are narrow and quickly become congested. Please respect our parking arrangements and follow the event parking signs as you enter Kinlochleven.
A short 2-minute walk from the Ice Factor Event Village is the Levens Centre (see location map). This is where registration, kit check, issuing of competitors’ t-shirts, timing chips, trackers and race maps will take place. Competitors should allow at least 1 hour to complete the registration process. Any competitors trying to register after 2000 on Friday will not be accepted. Registration is only possible on Friday evening between 1700-2000, not on Saturday morning at 02:00-03:00 before getting on the bus!
The coaches will leave at 0400 sharp from the Ice Factor on Saturday morning. The cost of the transfer to the start is included in the price, but participants will need to confirm their seat in the weeks before the event. Participants therefore have the opportunity to stay overnight in Fort Augustus (after they have registered in Kinlochleven) and join us at the start at their own arrangement.
See separate section below.
Family, friends and members of the public are welcome at the Support Points particularly, and also at the more remote Checkpoints. They are also welcome to spectate anywhere on the route, including the mountains - this is a great support experience for runners, spectators and walkers.
Prize Giving Ceremony
There will be a Prize Giving Ceremony for the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ at ~2000 on Saturday evening. There will be food, drinks and an after party at the Ice Factor on Saturday afternoon and evening and all competitors and supporters are welcome to join us there.
The race route traverses high and remote mountainous terrain. Once committed to many sections of the race route, it is difficult to deviate or retreat. Any competitor retiring from the race (or indeed any spectator in the mountains) is likely to face a long walk along the race route (either continuing onwards or retracing their steps). Competitors should expect long sections of the route to have no marshals and they will only find flags marking the route.
Mandatory Kit List
There is a mandatory kit list for competitors and you will be kit checked at Registration and possibly also at the finish.
See separate section below.
Click/tap to enlarge - Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ 2017 route and map © Harvey Maps
The Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ route is approximately 120km with ~4,000m of ascent. The route will be fully marked and no navigational experience is required. Competitors must be confident to traverse mountain ridges in all but the most severe weather conditions.
Route Download Map
You can download the route data in a number of formats straight from this page (e.g. GPX route or track via the dropdown menu above the following map). Alternatively, for more features and in-depth elevation profiles, just click on the title of the route:
The course will be defined by a number of Checkpoints (and Support Points - see below) that runners must visit along the route. There will be six Checkpoints, and these will be manned by event staff throughout the event.
There will also be three Support Points along the route at approximately 38km, 79km and 99km. At these locations we will be providing superb support for the runners including hot and cold food and drinks, medical support, massage, toilets and return transport to Kinlochleven if needed. Our vision is to provide the best possible support for the runners at these locations so that route completion is more achievable.
Checkpoint and Support Point Locations
The various Checkpoints and Support Points will be located as on the below map at:
- CP1: 25km = Melgarve Bothy Checkpoint (NN463959)
- CP2: 38km = Brae Roy Support Point (NN341919)
- CP3: 54km = Inverlair Checkpoint (NN342806)
- CP4: 67km = Coire Choille Checkpoint (NN250805)
- CP5: 79km = Nevis Range Support Point (NN172773)
- CP6: 87km = Càrn Mòr Dearg Checkpoint (NN177721)
- CP7: 89km = Ben Nevis Checkpoint (NN712132)
- CP8: 99km = Glen Nevis Support Point (NN122729)
- CP9: 107km = Lundavra Checkpoint (NN100665)
Bad Weather Route
Shown in yellow on the map above, this section avoids the high ground of Càrn Mòr Dearg and Ben Nevis shortly after the Nevis Range Support Point (79km) and will only be enacted in the case of a bad weather episode.
There will also be Cut-Off Times at each of the Support Points and Checkpoints (apart from our two mountain summit Checkpoints on Càrn Mòr Dearg and Ben Nevis). The Cut-Off Times are based on a desire to have everyone either off the course or finished in Kinlochleven by midnight (Saturday night into Sunday i.e. 18 hours after the start). The Cut-Off Times are:
- Melgarve Bothy Checkpoint (CP1 - 25km) = 09:30
- Brae Roy Support Point (CP2 - 38km) = 12:00
- Inverlair Checkpoint (CP3 - 54km) = 14:30
- Coire Choille Checkpoint (CP4 - 67km) = 16:00
- Nevis Range Support Point (CP5 - 79km) = 17:30
- Glen Nevis Support Point (CP8 - 99km) = 21:00
- Lundavra Checkpoint (CP9 - 107km) = 22:30
Experienced but slower competitors are very welcome at the race but please note that the Cut-Offs will be strictly enforced. Any runner, at any point on the route, may be retired from the race (and then transported back to Kinlochleven by event staff) if we judge that they can not finish before the Course Closure Time at 00:00.
Mandatory Clothing & Equipment
Please arrive in good time for the start as there will be a kit check as you enter the start pen. Remember, “No Kit, No Go”. Anyone in a position of note at the end of the race will be kit checked, and anyone found without the mandatory kit will be disqualified.
No kit, no go!
Do you meet the mandatory kit list requirements? If not, we've just given you a great excuse to go on a Salomon Running kit shopping spree. Full details: www.skylinescotland.com/ben-nevis-ultra/information/#displayMandatoryClothingEquipmentPosted by Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra on Friday, 21 July 2017
All competitors must carry or wear the following:
- Fell/mountain running shoes
We recommend: Salomon S-Lab Speed, Speedcross series or other 'shoes for technical trails'.
(road trainers or running shoes without a deep enough lug are NOT acceptable)
- Waterproof top with hood
We recommend: Salomon S-Lab Hybrid Jacket or the Salomon Bonatti Pro WP Jacket
- Waterproof trousers/pants
We recommend: Salomon S-Lab Hybrid Pant or the Salomon Bonatti Pro WP Pant
- Spare warm top suitable for the weather conditions (spare means unworn at the start)
We recommend: A technical midlayer (see men / women) / insulated garment
- Hat, gloves/glove-mittens suitable for the weather conditions
We recommend: Salomon S-Lab Beanie Light, S-Lab Running Gloves/XT Wings Glove
- Survival bag (not a blanket)
We recommend: Buying or reserving yours now
- Headtorch + spare [battery or unit] (with sufficient light to be able to navigate in the darkness)
We recommend: Petzl NAO®+ or Petzl REACTIK®+ AND spare battery (or, instead of the spare battery a Petzl e+Lite is acceptable)
- Water bottle and / or hydration system
We recommend: Salomon Soft Flask or Soft Reservoir
- Map (supplied)
- Sufficient food*
- A pack in which to carry the above
We recommend: Salomon Ultra Set / Advanced Skin
- A smart-device (waterproof [or kept waterproof] with plenty of battery power) - likely a smartphone and watch combination, capable of displaying a compass, grid-reference, altitude).
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Clothing and Equipment Clarifications
- The use of trekking/hiking poles is strictly prohibited between the summit of Càrn Mòr Dearg and the summit of Ben Nevis.
- It is not possible to leave surplus equipment with event staff at the checkpoints.
- We would like to emphasise that fell or mountain running shoes with good studs will be IMPORTANT AND BEST in both ascent and descent. Trail running shoes are not suitable and anyone in completely unsuitable shoes (like flat soled road running shoes) will not be allowed to start.
- *Relying entirely on support point food is not acceptable. The support point food should be regarded as more of a bonus to your core nutrition.
Entry Process & Minimum Experience
Competitors must complete an online entry form and entries will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Entries are likely to sell out very fast so please enter early to avoid disappointment.
Entries for the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ are not vetted, but competitors must be suitably experienced and agree to the declaration below. The Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ route is only suitable for experienced and competent mountain runners and includes short sections of easy scrambling.
Each competitor must agree to the following Declaration when completing an application form:
I am an experienced and competent mountain runner, capable of a 'robust completion' of the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ and declare that:
- I have experience of running in a similar mountain environment to the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™
- I have experience of scrambling on similar mountains to those featured in the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ and confirm that I am capable of safely negotiating easy scrambling terrain in all but the most severe weather conditions;
- I can competently cross the ground in the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ without experiencing debilitating fear and without causing delay or distress to other participants or members of the public;
- I can apply sound mountain judgement at all times even if it means compromising my overall race result;
- I know how to be aware of others around me, both above and below me, and can take care with my footfall on the mountain to minimise the hazard of rockfall, slips and trips;
- I can diligently concentrate and follow waymarking;
- I can understand and interpret a pre-event route map and elucidate the main features and passage points, such as marshalled support locations, road crossings and time cut-offs (this does not mean map-memory and full navigational competence – this is a waymarked route);
- I accept full responsibility for my own safety and any injury sustained during the event. These are not the responsibility of the event organiser, their agents or the landowners;
- I know my limitations and I am experienced enough to make a reasoned decision whether or not to start the event and/or to retire from the event rather than jeopardise my own or other people’s safety;
- I understand that there is a risk of serious injury or death whilst participating in the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™
We will award the following prizes, finisher's medals and trophies:
All finishers will receive a Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™ finisher's medal. This will be presented on the finish line.
Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded at the prize giving ceremonies:
~2000 - prize ceremony details T.B.C.
2017 Prize Information
Prize money will be awarded as follows:
In addition to this the following sum of money will be awarded to the overall series winners: