If you love running in the mountains, this Arran-based adventure is worth considering...
The first Kong Mountain Marathon will be held on 27/28th August on the Isle of Arran. This epic event has been designed to test both orienteering and fell running skills in extreme wild country terrain over a two day period.
The competition has a range of courses to suit different levels of fitness and navigational expertise. But the basic premise of the event is that each team of two navigates their way over the Scottish hills aiming to find a series of checkpoints as quickly as they can. Teams have to be self-sufficient and carry all their gear including equipment and food for an overnight camp.
Organisers of the mountain marathon are delighted to have been given the opportunity by landowners to organise the the event on the Isle of Arran. With beaches, palm trees, the Gulf Stream and mountains it definitely has the makings of a perfect weekend. Although as pointed out, 'there may be some midges, bogs, crags and enormous tussocks to add extra fun'.
A spokesperson said: "We have spent many weeks now on Arran planning for the event and the natural beauty of the island keeps surprising us. The combination of high mountains, ridges and moors and the view of the sea wherever you go is simply stunning! And don’t forget the wildlife on Arran; Red deer, Seals, Hen Harriers, Golden Eagles and much more."
After your weekend adventure you will be able to share your experiences with fellow competitors at a hearty meal and prize giving. There will be also be a Ceilidh at walking distance of mid camp and maybe a bar (TBC).
You can find out all the information you need on the event website here.
Image: Stephen Wilson/Kong Mountain Marathon