In less than a week the stunning mountain bike and walking trails of the Nevis Range, near Fort William, will play host to the inaugural Outdoor Capital Trail Half Marathon, Scotland’s newest off road half marathon, and 5k Fun Run.
On Sunday 16 May 2010, 100 trail running beginners and experienced ‘mountain goats’, will be amongst the first to test themselves on world famous mountain biking trails, used during the legendary World Cup, World Championships and Benromach Ten Under The Ben mountain bike events.
The 21.1 kilometre figure of eight loop utilises forestry roads, disused narrow gauge railway line and cycling and walking tracks within Forestry Commission Scotland’s Leanachan Forest. It also includes stages of the new Cour Trail that winds its way towards Spean Bridge offering stunning views of the Great Glen, the Grey Corries and Ben Nevis.
Chloe Patterson of organisers No Fuss Events, thrilled to be able to make such a unique event happen, said: “This is our first trail half marathon event and like our other events the emphasis is firmly on a fun with a friendly atmosphere for runners of all abilities. Entrants can expect a challenging but manageable course of stunning beauty and a warm welcome at the finish!”
The race takes place the day after the No Fuss flagship mountain biking event, Benromach 10 Under The Ben, so the hills really will be alive with the sound of music and mountain bikers who are still keen to run off some energy and keen to take part in an event without the aid of wheels.
Chloe Patterson added: “With over 900 signed up for 10 Under The Ben on Saturday, it is going to be a new and exciting challenge for us to get everything ready for our first running event on Sunday. We are confident that the course will be well received and the field will enjoy some of the best trails with the best views that the Outdoor Capital of the UK has to offer. If you are up for the challenge there is still time to sign up.”
Runners can register their £20 race fee online at www.nofussevents.co.uk . Pre race registration will take place between 17:00 and 19:00 on Saturday evening and from 07:00 at the saddlespan at the Nevis Range HQ on the Sunday morning. The Outdoor Capital Trail Half Marathon starts at 12:00.
For more info on this and other No Fuss Events please visit www.nofussevents.co.uk
Paddy Cuthbert at Podge Publicity on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07968 869 636.
Notes to Editors:
No Fuss Events:
Outdoor event specialists No Fuss Events (Fort William) have a 2010 programme of challenging open events combining the most breathtaking scenery in Scotland with energy sapping and heart pumping endurance in a fun and friendly environment – from trail running to cross country and downhill endurance mountain biking to the toughest triathlons and the world's craziest water sport.
Though the renowned old favourites like the Benromach Three Tens Series, Relentless 24, the Hope Endurance Downhill and the Big Ben Nevis Triathlon all remain firmly on the fixture list, No Fuss are introducing three exciting new events to the 2010 calendar:
The Trail Half Marathon, Scotland's newest off-road run on some of the most scenic trails in the heart of Fort William and Lochaber – The Outdoor Capital of the UK;
The Tour De Ben Nevis (sponsored by Orange Mountain Bikes), a no frills, 61km point to point mountain bike stage race that circumnavigates Ben Nevis, taking in some of the most rugged and isolated terrain in the Highlands;
The Highland Warrior (70 .3) Triathlon, neither half Ironman nor middle distance triathlon, this is a full on tough race that will push even the toughest of the longer distance triathletes to the limit.
The No Fuss 2010 Event programme includes:
13 & 14 March – The Wee Triathlon, Fort William – due to popular demand the same event is offered on two days
The Benromach Three Tens Series – The epic 10 under the Ben (15 May) is again joined by 10 at Kirroughtree (10 July) and 10 More in Moray (21 August) as the much loved cross country mountain bike endurance series grows in stature
16 May – The Trail Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run
17 July – Glen Nevis River Race, Fort William – A wet and wild waterfall jumping, rapid rafting swim and scramble
24 July – The Hope Endurance Downhill, Fort William – What goes up must come down…. again and again.
11 September – The Big Ben Nevis and the Half Big Ben Nevis Triathlon – Some say this is the toughest off road triathlon on the UK circuit; we couldn't possibly comment!
11 September – The Tour De Ben Nevis
12 September – The Highland Warrior Triathlon
09-10 October – Relentless 24 – A day long cross country mountain biking marathon
With an extended programme of eleven active sports events across the length and breadth of Scotland No Fuss are encouraging participation from first timers, families, work colleagues, weekend warriors and elite athletes. No Fuss Events do exactly what it says on the tin – great events with a fun and friendly atmosphere that encourage participants of all ages and abilities to sign up year after year. With Over 60% of athletes who attended events in 2009 re-booking from previous years, there is a clear indication that customer satisfaction is extremely high and events are interesting, challenging and fulfilling enough to warrant a return.