Your chance to join the West Highland Way Race Family
Entries open today for iconic long-distance event
The application process for the 2022 Altra West Highland Way Race opens today, and will remain open until Tuesday, 30 November.
The 2022 edition of the iconic long-distance event will be held on Sunday, 18 June, with only 300 places available – all of which will be allocated according to a very detailed, ‘fair and transparent’ process, not on a ‘first come first served’ basis.
Demand for places is expected to be high, not only because the 2022 race will be the first ‘real life’ edition of the event since 2019, but also because the WHW Race will serve as an official qualifying race for the Western States 100 (for those who complete it in less than 30 hours) as well as the new UTMB 100M category.
In order to take part in the WHW Race, participants must provide their own back-up crew, with a minimum of two supporters and a vehicle. They must also have ‘adequate relevant experience’ to be considered for a place – as a rule of thumb, the completion of one off-road ultra of at least 65K since January 2017.
If the number of suitable applications exceeds the number of places available, a ballot will be held in December.
The 2022 edition of one of the world’s oldest ultramarathons will follow its traditional route, starting at 1am at Milngavie Railway Station and finishing at the Nevis Centre in Fort William no later than noon on the Sunday. In short, participants have 35 hours to run, jog or walk 95 miles, with 14760 ft of ascent and several time-bound checkpoints along the way.
This year’s virtual West Highland Way Race raised funds to honour the memory of John Kynaston, a much-loved member of the WHW race family who died suddenly in January.
Image: Andrew Scott (flickr)