Lochaber 80

Salomon Lochaber 80 Trail Ultra

Part of the Spartan Trail Ultra World Championship

 

Trail Ultra WC Badge

 

Saturday 17th September 2022 

07:00 start

Check out the generous SPARTAN prizes below!

 

 

2022 entry fee

  • £99 - Until Tuesday 31st May 2022
  • £119 - From Wednesday 1st June to Friday 9th September 2022 

 

Skyline Scotland LOCHABER 80

 

This is our wilderness ultra-race weaving a majestic route deep into the remote Highland glens at the heart of Lochaber!

The route utilises the best possible trails, paths and tracks for a tour de force of the Lochaber highlands. Gradually ascending from Kinlochleven, the race starts by following the route of the hugely popular Three Mealls 18K trail race in reserve, weaving alongside the River Leven through a magical ancient forest. The mighty Blackwater Dam marks the start of the remote trails to come! From here runners will follow a path that continues climbing to reach Loch Chiarain. Seriously remote terrain lures runners onward and the true wilderness experience of this race becomes apparent with incredible views of nothing but mountains, as they descend towards Loch Treig. For the next 5km the route gently ascends the Lairig Leacach following a historical walking route through this stunning and breathtakingly beautiful glen. The route now turns west following excellent forestry tracks through Leanachan Forest allowing for quick onward progress. Emerging from the forest, the gigantic Ben Nevis looms ahead as the route now follows the renowned North Face path alongside Allt á Mhulilinn up to the famous CIC hut, before cutting under the towering cliffs of Càrn Dearg. Joining the main Ben Nevis path drops the runners down to the Visitors Centre before joining Scotland’s most famous path, the West Highland Way, which climbs out of Glen Nevis and provides a speedy route back to Kinlochleven and a well-earned celebration at the finish line.

Key stats: 80km / 2,000m ascent  

 

80k no limits photography

Ready for a true wilderness experience through the stunning Scottish Highlands?

©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 this event selling out. Please enter early to avoid disappointment - first-come, first-served.

 

 

Entries open Thursday 31st March 2022 at 10:00 BST

 

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.

Covid-19: If circumstances dictate that we cannot run the event safely then we will offer a free deferral or refund to all our participants.

 

An entry includes

  • Your involvement in the UK’s greatest weekend of mountain running!
  • Participation in the Spartan Trail World Championship!
  • A SPARTAN Finisher's medal presented to all competitors completing the race (within the course closure time)
  • A SPARTAN Finisher's t-shirt presented to all competitors completing the race (within the course closure time)
  • Medals for age group winners (5 different categories - see below)
  • A generous SPARTAN prize fund for first 5 men and women - more info here 
  • SPARTAN trophies for first 5 men and women
  • A fully marshalled, waymarked and signed race route
  • Digital race timing for official results
  • Live GPS tracking of your progress around the course
  • 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

SPARTAN Finisher Medal 2022

SPARTAN Finisher t-shirt 2022

The SPARTAN Finisher t-shirt and medal for the Salomon Lochaber 80 Trail Ultra 

 

Skyline Scotland 2021 - Other race photos  - Copyright No Limits Photography 123

Enjoy an exciting start line at Skyline Scotland® 2022! ©No Limits Photography

 

 


The Course

This is subject to change. A GPX file will be made available for immediate download once the route is finalised.

 

Predicted Course Times

  • 2022 times coming soon
 
 

 

Details

 

Mandatory items

All competitors must carry or wear the following:

  1. Fell/mountain running shoes
    We recommend: Salomon S-Lab Cross 2 Unisex or Speedcross 5 Men's / Speedcross 5 Women's
    (road trainers or running shoes without a deep enough lug are NOT acceptable)
     
  2. Waterproof top with hood 
    We recommend: Salomon S-Lab Gore-Tex Shakedry Unisex  or Salomon Bonatti Gore Tex Shakedry Jacket Unisex or Salomon Bonatti Trail Jacket Mens / Salomon Bonatti Trail Jacket Women's
     
  3. Waterproof trousers/pants
     
  4. 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
     
  5. Hat, gloves/glove-mittens suitable for the weather conditions
    We recommend: Salomon BeanieSalomon Bonatti WP Mitten
     
  6. Survival bag (not a blanket)
    These can be purchased with your entry for collection at registration
     
  7. Headtorch with sufficient light to be able to navigate in the darkness)
    We recommend: Petzl e+LITE​ at minimum - slower runners are recommended to take a more substantial unit
     
  8. Water bottle and / or hydration system
    We recommend: Salomon Soft Flask or Soft Reservoir
     
  9. Whistle
     
  10. Sufficient food

Recommended items

  1. A pack in which to carry the above
    We recommend: Salomon ADV Skin 5 Running Vest
     
  2. 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).

 


 

Checkpoints

There will be a number of marshalled checkpoints along the route.

There will be two support points where there will be food and water:

  • After 35km – Roybridge
  • After 60km – Glen Nevis Visitor Centre

(These are provisional locations and will be confirmed nearer the time)

 

Location & Accommodation

Please consult this page

 

Parking

There is event parking in the centre of Kinlochleven.​ Overnight parking will also be possible. Prices for parking to be confirmed.  

 

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 17:30 and 21:30 the day before the race on Friday 16th September. 

 

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: Saturday 17th September​ – ready at 06:45 for a 07:00 start.  

​Please note: Participants must ensure that they are in the start pen and ready to go 15 minutes before the start time. Remember there will be kit checks! So please make sure you have the mandatory items! 

 

Supporters

Family, friends and members of the public are welcome to support participants at the event village, which will be a hive of activity! 

 

Retirements

If you decide to retire then we would advise that you retire at a support point from where there will be transport available back to Kinlochleven. The two support points are:

  • After 35km – Roybridge
  • After 60km – Glen Nevis Visitor Centre

(These are provisional locations and will be confirmed nearer the time)

 

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 22:00. Overall, you will have 15 hours to complete the course. 

 

Cut-offs

Exact timings will be confirmed. Expected cut-offs:

  • After 35km – Roybridge (about 14:30)
  • After 60km – Glen Nevis Visitor Centre (about 18:30)

(These are provisional locations and will be confirmed nearer the time)

 

Prize Ceremony

This will take place at 17:00 on Saturday 17th September 2022.

 

Prizes - SPARTAN trophies, prize fund and age group winners medals

SPARTAN trophies will be presented to the first 5 men and women.

There is also a generous winners prize fund from SPARTAN - find out more.

SPARTAN medals will be presented to age group winners. This includes:

  • 18-29 - 1st, 2nd, 3rd men and women
  • 30-39 - 1st, 2nd, 3rd men and women
  • 40-49 - 1st, 2nd, 3rd men and women
  • 50-59 - 1st, 2nd, 3rd men and women
  • 60+ - 1st, 2nd, 3rd men and women

SPARTAN Trophy 80k 2022

An example of the SPARTAN Trophies to be presented to the first 5 men and women at the Salomon Lochaber 80 Trail Ultra 

Showers

Available in the Leven Centre in Kinlochleven from 11:00-19:00 on Saturday 17th September and from 11:00-21:00 on Sunday 18th September. 

 


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.