18K Trail Race

Three Mealls Trail Race - 18K

Sunday 20th September 2020 – 09:30 start (a few hours after the Ben Nevis Ultra™& Glen Coe Skyline® start... you will get back to see the first finishers!)

 

 

Skyline Scotland - Three Mealls trail race

 

This race is one of our boldest. If you want big hills, wide views and the most memorable single-track running, then choose this one! Initially following the same early kms as the similarly clockwise 10k route, you will also cross the intake of Loch Eilde Mòr, but then turn sharp left, leaving the 10k route behind, and setting forth on your own deeper adventure. You soon access a terrific single-track path that winds behind the three Meall-named hills, and with views to cry for! After a sharp right turn and a bounding descent, your eyes will fall upon the mighty Blackwater Dam ahead. Another right, and this is the Ciaran Path, taking you down the glen of the River Leven on a magical trail that gradually descends for 2.5km until back near sea level, where it’s a short dash into the edge of Kinlochleven to reach the buzz at the finish line.

The inaugural race received some stunning feedback: "I would recommend this race to all Trail-Runners!! Best experience of my trail running career!!"

Note: With this race you will share the same route as the 10k, until a split at 4.5km, and a convergence back with the 10k route at 15.5km. Making these races even more stimulating!

 

Skyline Scotland Trail Race - Runners 4 - Copyright No Limits Photography

On the 10K & 18K trail races explore the wild and rough terrain that Scotland is justifiably famous for 

©No Limits Photography

 

 

How to Enter?

Entries to Skyline Scotland Trail Races are NOT vetted. They are sold on a first-come, first-served basis until each race is full. Simply complete the online entry form, and bingo - you have a place!

Interest in the event is exceptional and we anticipate the trail races selling out. Please enter early to avoid disappointment - first-come, first-served.

 

 

When you enter any of the trail races, you must agree to our Declaration.

Please ensure you are familiar with the Terms & Conditions of entry.

 

An Entry includes:

  • Your involvement in the UK’s greatest weekend of mountain running!
  • Finisher's medal presented to all competitors completing the race (within the course closure time)
  • A fully marshalled, waymarked and signed race route
  • Digital race timing for official results
  • A well planned and professionally organised race by Ourea Events
  • Emergency medical cover during the race
  • Mountain safety team cover during the race
  • Marshalling support at several locations on the route
  • Race commentary at the start/finish arena in the Event Village 
  • Skyline Scotland™ car sticker

 

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Finisher's medal  - presented to all competitors completing the race ©No Limits Photography


 

Club runner?

You are warmly welcomed to compete, with full recognition given to club name in the entry lists and official race timing for all Trail Races.

Is your club eligible to enter a team to compete for the Club Shield

 

Under 18?

Sorry, you can't take part in the 18K, but you can enter the 5K or 10K

 


The Course

 

Predicted Course Times

  • 2020 times coming soon
 
 

Details

Mandatory Clothing & Equipment

All competitors will be subject to random kit checks at the start and finish. Anyone without the mandatory clothing and equipment will be disqualified. All competitors must carry or wear the following:

  1. Fell/mountain trail running shoes
    We recommend: Salomon S-Lab Speed 2 Unisex or Speedcross 5 Men's / Speedcross 5 Women's
    (road trainers or running shoes without a deep enough lug are NOT acceptable - the trails can be appropriately rough and wet - this is West Scotland!)
  2. Waterproof top with hood 
    We recommend: Salomon S-Lab MotionFit 360 jet Men's / Salomon S-Lab MotionFit 360 jet Women's or Salomon Bonatti Pro WP Jacket Men's / Salomon Lightning WP Jacket Women's
  3. Waterproof trousers/pants
    We recommend: Salomon Bonatti WP Pants Unisex
  4. Hat, gloves/glove-mittens suitable for the weather conditions
    We recommend: Salomon Active BeanieSalomon Bonatti WP Mitten
  5. Whistle
  6. Survival bag (not a blanket)
    We recommend: Buying or reserving yours now
     

Recommended items

  1. Spare warm top suitable for the weather conditions (spare means unworn at the start)
    We recommend: A technical midlayer (see Men's / Women's) / insulated garment
  2. Some food and drink to refuel with along the trail 
  3. A ca. 5-litre pack in which to carry the above
    We recommend: Salomon Ultra Set Unisex / Salomon Advanced Skin Unisex
  4. Water bottle and / or hydration system
    We recommend: Salomon Soft Flask or Soft Reservoir

 

Official Outdoor Retail Partner

Ellis Brigham Logo (290x290)

Checkpoints

There will be a number of marshalled checkpoints on each of the routes. 

 

Location & Accommodation

Please consult this page

 

Parking

  • There is plenty of parking adjacent to the Event Village in Kinlochleven - please follow signs on arrival.  
  • Parking will be charged at £1 per visit with all proceeds going to the local Kinlochleven Community Trust - please bring along plenty of change.  
  • 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. 

 

Registration

The registration marquee will be in the Event Village next to the Ice Factor in the centre of Kinlochleven. This is where mandatory registration and issue of competitors' race number will take place. Competitors should allow at least 1 hour to complete the registration process. Registration is open between 07:00 and 10:00.

 

The Start

Each of our Trail Races start from the arena in the Event Village next to The Ice Factor. There will be a real buzz at this location with the added atmosphere of the big international Skyline Scotland races starting and finishing in the same location.

Start time: Sunday 20th September​ – ready at 09:15 for a 09:30 start 

(Competitors must ensure that they are in the start pen and ready to go 15 minutes before the start time)

 

Supporters

Family, friends and members of the public are welcome to support competitors at the Event Village, which will be a hive of activity! 

 

Retirements

Any retiring competitor must return to the Event Village in Kinlochleven by either reversing the race route, or continuing along it; whichever is fastest. Once arriving at the Event Village, it is essential that a retiring competitor reports to the finish to check-out of the race timing and safety systems.

 

Emergencies

Any competitor requiring emergency assistance should alert a race marshal at the nearest Checkpoint along the race route. We expect fellow competitors to stop and assist another competitor in an emergency. 

 

Sweeper

There will be a course sweeper following behind the last competitor.

 

Course Closure Time

Any competitor falling behind the average speed to complete the entire course within the course closure time may be retired at any checkpoint along the race route. The course closure time is generous as we want this race to be inclusive and encourage novice and slower runners. The course closure time is 13:30

 

Prize Ceremony

There will be a Prize Ceremony at 12:00

 

 

Declaration

I declare that: 

  • I have read and understood the information on the website about the nature of the course, which features rough and remote mountain trail running;
  • I can apply sound mountain judgement at all times even if it means compromising my overall race result;
  • I can diligently concentrate and follow waymarking;
  • 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 mountain and trail running events such as this;

Event Rules

It is the participant's responsibility to know and follow these rules:

  1. Participants must follow the Universal Event Rules applicable to all events organised by Ourea Events.

    We would like to highlight the following from the above, as these are the most likely to incur penalties or disqualification through ignorance:
    • Marked Mandatory Routes: Participants must follow the marked (i.e. flagged, waymarked or signed) mandatory routes without deviation. They may go directly from each marker to the next, but deviation (such as cutting corners in zig-zags or taking a direct line to a later marker) is forbidden.
       
    • Mandatory Kit: Participants must comply with any Equipment List and carry all mandatory items as specified at all times. Any transgression may result in not being allowed to start the race or disqualification.
       
    • Support Runners: Participants are not allowed support runners. Any person attempting this will cause their officially entered associate(s) to be disqualified immediately and all the runners involved may receive life bans from Ourea Ltd events.
       
    • Race Number: When issued, participants must display one race number on their front at all times and (when issued) a second race number must be attached to their rucksack. Race numbers can be obscured by waterproof clothing only. Race numbers must not be folded.
       
    • Littering: Any participant seen dropping litter will be disqualified.
       
  2. Rubbish: Participants may not dispose of any rubbish or food wrappings along the route. The only location at which rubbish can be deposited is at the finish. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
     
  3. Headphones: Participants must NOT wear headphones or listen to music at any point during the race. This rule will be strictly enforced.
     
  4. Trekking Poles: Participants may use trekking/hiking poles EXCEPT in the following places:
    • t.b.c.
       
  5. Equipment Dumping: It is not possible to leave equipment with anyone whilst on the course.
     
  6. External Support: Supplies of additional food, drink and kit is not allowed. Outside assistance will lead to disqualification.