Media Advisory – Photo Opportunity – Have-a-go Heroes Navigate the River Nevis on Lilos

You are invited to send a Reporter, Photographer, Camera Crew to


Glen Nevis, Fort William – The Outdoor Capital of the UK

On Saturday 17 July 2010

See web link for full event details  –

In this madcap challenge up to 100 elite athletes, adrenaline junkies and 'amateur sporting enthusiasts' navigate an obstacle ridden two mile stretch of the icy waters of the River Nevis on lilos, whilst raising vital funds for the Lochaber Mountain Rescue – the UK's busiest mountain rescue team.

While flippers and other swimming aids are banned, athletes must have an inflatable craft without sides (lilo) so spectators can expect to see a vast array of inflatable paraphernalia including sheep, crocodiles, whales and possibly even a blow up woman or two!  Fancy dress on top of a wetsuit is also encouraged – anything goes in Fort William!

Clutching their trusty inflatable devices of assorted shapes and sizes and kitted out in the compulsory wetsuits, crash helmets and life vests the brave have-a-go heroes of all ages and abilities start The Glen Nevis River Race by launching themselves off a high rock face at the head of Glen Nevis. After plunging into the freezing waters of the fast flowing river below they navigate the deepest course down stream. After negotiating through rocks, rapids and deep, narrow and fast flowing gorge pools (the Gurgling Gorge, Dead Dog Pool and the Leg Breaker) they will have to contend with the Lower Falls Leap, a jump off the 30ft high Lower Falls waterfall, before paddling as fast as possible through calmer waters to the finish line.


The Glen Nevis River Race is a timed event and the time taken to complete the hazardous course is totally dependant on the water levels at the time.  As a result times have varied from about twenty minutes to over an hour. The state of the water also determines the amount of minor scrapes and bruises the athletes will endure.

Timings / Schedule:

1000 Race Registration Opens

1230 Race Registration Closes

1230 Race Briefing (Race Briefing is compulsory any participant not at briefing will not be allowed to start)

1245 Marshall and Safety Briefing

1400 Race Starts (Participant set off at 30 second intervals – Please note it is the participants responsibility to be at the start at their designated time)

How To Get To The Glen Nevis River Race

If you are coming from the South; When you reach Fort William continue round the by pass and follow signs for Inverness. At the third roundabout continue straight on across the roundabout into Glen Nevis follow this road for about five miles until you see the saddlespan marquee.

If you are coming from the North; at the first roundabout carry straight on at the second roundabout turn first left into Glen Nevis follow this road for about five miles until you see the saddlespan marquee



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