With a one month to go until the inaugural Nokia Coast to Coast Adventure Challenge, the ultimate multi-sport adventure race across the Scottish Highlands on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 September 2010, entries have completely sold out.
Demand for the 109-mile adventure challenge on foot, mountain bike and kayak from Nairn to Ballachulish has been huge with one thousand places selling out as early as July 2010; and more than 100 people on the waiting list.
Jim Mee, MD of Rat Race Events, said: “The response to our first Nokia Coast to Coast has been incredible. In offering a truly defining UK multisport challenge, combining cycling, running and kayaking, on a spectacular and dramatic route through one of the most stunning and iconic mountain landscapes in the world, we have captured the imagination of a huge number of outdoor enthusiasts from throughout the UK and further afield.
“We know that everyone taking part, from those with a reasonable level of fitness, taking on the challenge over 48 hours, to those elite athletes tackling the 109-mile course in just one day, will have an incredible experience. We hope they are on course with their training regimes and wish them all good luck for what's in store!”
This latest addition to the adventure race calendar, from Rat Race Events, is part of 'The Nokia Outdoor Series' (url www.nokiaoutdoorseries.co.uk) – a range of events to celebrate the great outdoors, giving family, friends and work colleagues the opportunity to enjoy being active in some of the UK's most spectacular locations.
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer of EventScotland commented, “For an event to sell out in its first year is great news and shows the passion around Scotland for adventure racing.
“EventScotland are delighted to be supporting the inaugural Nokia Coast to Coast which will be an event that captures some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery with competitors who relish the challenge our landscapes present. Scotland is certainly a perfect stage for events like this and we have witnessed a growth in adventure activities over the past few years with that trend looking set to continue.”
Racing as a solo or in pairs athletes of the Nokia Coast to Coast Challenge will have to tackle a marathon worth of running and trekking; some on and off road mountain biking and a breathtaking kayak on a route that takes in some of the most iconic locations and amazing views in the Scottish Highlands: Loch Ness, the Great Glen, Ben Nevis and Glen Coe.
Councillor Sandy Park, Convener of The Highland Council said: “The overwhelming response to the entries into the Nokia Coast to Coast Adventure Challenge are testament to the fantastically challenging and beautiful environment that we have here in the Highlands. The Highlands of Scotland are firmly becoming established as a major international destination for athletic and sporting challenges. I am looking forward to the send off at Nairn Beach and trust that bookings will soon fill up for the Coast to Cawdor 10k run.”
Although the main challenge is sold out there are still spaces left for the Nokia Coast to Cawdor 10k run which also starts at Nairn and traces the route of the River Nairn to Cawdor Castle. It features on and off road sections and is predominantly classed as a trail run.
Entry fees for the Nokia Coast to Cawdor 10k are £15. For more details of the Nokia Coast to Coast Adventure Challenge and how to enter the 10k go to: http://www.scotlandcoasttocoast.com.
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Notes to editors:
There are three different classes for competitors in the 'Nokia Coast to Coast' challenge:
Challenger – 109 miles over two days with full logistical support and open to anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Challengers can race solo or in a pair.
Racer – 109 miles completed in one day (Sunday 19 September) with full logistical support. Some experience of multi-sport racing; whether adventure racing, triathlon, long distance running or similar is necessary. Racers can race solo or in a pair.
Expert – 103 miles completed in one day. Participants provide their own support and must be an experienced adventure sportsperson, triathlete or mountain athlete and be ready and able to take on a committing kayak stage on Loch Ness, providing your own boat to do so.
Starting on Nairn beach, north east of Inverness on the North Sea's Moray Firth coast the Nokia Coast to Coast kicks off with a seven mile trek or run to Cawdor Castle. There the 47 mile bike stage gets underway and heads to Daviot and onwards to the southern shores of Loch Ness. With a quick paddle in a sit-on-top kayak and a brief run, the day one course is completed with 56 miles completed.
Rising early in Fort Augustus on day two, the bikes come out again and it's time to gear up for some quality miles on the rough stuff, mixing up road and off road riding, for 37 miles via Fort William to the transition area at Glen Nevis. Following the Ben Nevis Tourist Route, fourteen of the last fifteen miles to Glencoe are covered on foot before a final push in kayaks across Loch Leven to the finish at the Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish.
Sound too easy? Hardcore athletes can leave the rest to get a head start on the Saturday and complete a tougher course in 13 hours of daylight on Sunday.
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