Skyline Scotland Signs Off
It's a farewell, not a goodbye from Salomon Skyline Scotland...
The weekend's Salomon Skyline Scotland was a memorable experience for all and a fitting sign off from Kinlochleven as its stunning location with the event set to take a pause in 2024 and return with an 'exciting new venue' in 2025.
Speaking after the weekend's race action, organisers said: "It's been a fantastic celebration of trail running and sky running this weekend. There's been sunshine, rain and plenty of gorgeous Scottish Highland views."
The event took place over both Saturday and Sunday with the Salomon Lochaber 80 Trail Ultra up first. It was Lachie Ives and Mary Butler who took the wins after a stunning day out on the remote Lochaber trails. Lachie had an impressive winning time of 8:06, while Mary not only won the women’s race, but came third overall with a time of 10:19!
It was a competitive field at the Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace, with over 500 runners taking part. Gavin Dale and Sarah Willhoit achieved well-deserved wins as they tackled some exciting ridge running in the glorious Scottish sunshine.
On Sunday attention turned to the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline® however some stormy Scottish weather put an early stop to the race, with the course finishing at Checkpoint 9. However runners still had to tackle the famous Curved Ridge, and it was a tough day out there for the participants. It was Philip Rutter and Naomi Lang though who won the last ever edition of the Glen Coe Skyline!
The bad weather route was brought into play for Sunday's Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra however, this did not stop David Haunschmidt and Alicia Schwarzenbach who were this year’s winners!
There were three further Trail Races on the Sunday morning, which proved popular with runners of all abilities. While the rain added an extra level of challenge, the fabulous Scottish views were still enjoyed by all. Finishers continued to come in throughout the afternoon with plenty of smiles and sprint finishes as they crossed the line to many cheers from supporters!
Adding to the weekend's enjoyment was a brilliant atmosphere in the Event Village with brands such as Salomon, VAGA, Harvey Maps, La Sportiva, and Petzl exhibiting. There was also food, coffee and beer from Leven Ales, Turnip the Beet, and Base Pizza to name just a few, plus some fab music from Cask Strength. Younger runners enjoyed the fun run and there was also the speedy Grey Mare's 5km Trail Race to enjoy!
If you'd like to know more, visit the Salomon Skyline Scotland website.
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