Run In Rob Roy's Footsteps
This race could be a great challenge for those looking to up the mileage before the year-end...
Are you up for one last challenge before the end of the year? By challenge we mean, a serious challenge… an ultra challenge! The Glen Ogle 33 Ultra Marathon is scheduled for 5 November and would make for a fantastic year-end achievement for those of you looking to push yourself further.
Organised by Rocket Events, the Glen Ogle Ultra is a 33 mile (ish) foot race from Killin to Strathyre in Perthshire which follows part of cycle route No 7 and the Rob Roy Way.
The route takes runners through the village of Killin, past the Falls of Dochart and up into the hills above the village. It then heads out and down over the famous Glen Ogle Viaduct with checkpoint/water stations at 4, 8 and 16 miles.
Runners will then head to Balquidder, the burial place of Rob Roy MacGregor, with 3 miles then to Strathyre and the Shoogly Bridge and the halfway checkpoint where a drop bag is allowed. The return route will take entrants up onto the Rob Roy Way and past the Mhor 84 hotel, returning back over the Glen Ogle Viaduct and the pass of Glen Ogle with a nice four mile downhill section to the finish in Killin.
Speaking about the event and its suitability for runners capable of embarking on lengthy runs, a spokesperson from Rocket Events said: "There are no specific entry requirements for this race however you should have confidence in your own ability to complete the distance and tackle the elevation within the cut off time. We suggest that you at least have experience of regularly completing runs of 20 miles."
Another point worth noting is that: "This event is running in the Scottish Highlands in November where the weather can be harsh and unforgiving and so there will be a mandatory and recommended kit."
If these two stipulations don't put you off, you can find out more over on the event website
Image: Rocket Events