Niet te verwarren met de West Highland Way race op 24 juni, de klassieker die 2 keer gewonnen werd door Wim Epskamp.
Deze loop is op zich vergelijkbaar met de route over de West Highland Way. Geen technische Alpiene trail, maar zeker genoeg uitdaging.
Het grote verschil met de West Highland Way Race is dat je geen begeleidingsteam mag hebben. Je kan dropbags laten neerleggen op een aantal posten. Er zijn op de route 4 waterposten en 7 verzorgingsposten. De grootste afstand tussen 2 posten is 12 mijl. Met de verzorgingsposten is deze loop goed zonder begeleidingsteam te doen. Dat begeleidingsteam is verplicht bij de West Highland Way Race, maar de begeleidende voertuigen zorgen voor veel verkeersoverlast op de smalle Schotse wegen.
Van de website:
The objective is to run, jog, walk or hobble the 95 mile West Highland Way Route in under 35 hours, from Milingavie. This time may be increased by the organisers in the event of inclement weather (this extention occurred in the 2015 race). The race is scheduled to finish at 11:00am on Sunday 28 May 2017 at Fort William.
There are 7 'check points' (roughly 12miles apart), where cut off times have been realistically set to allow the competitor to reach that location at the average speed required to cover the 95 miles, in 35 hours. Also there are 4 additional Water Points.
In addition to the food and drink the race provide, the competitor can if they wish deposit at Registration their own 'Drop-bags' for 3 specific Check Point location. These drop bags will then be transported to 3 Check Point locations, roughly 27 miles apart at Rowardennan, Tyndrum and Kinlochleven. It is recommended the 'drop bags' can contain changes of clothes, shoes etc and personal foods other than that which the race provides.
Drop bags will be transferred directly to Fort William when the Check Point closes.
The WHW Challenge Race is designed to require no outside assistance other than that provided by the race, accordingly the race provides food, drink and moves drop bags, rucksacks and a finish bag, along with transferring retired competitors to the Fort William.
In other events which use the WHW trail and where vehicle support in a race is manditory, vehicle obstructions by support runners and the hundreds of support vehicles have resulted in so much disruption and acrimony to those who live, work and operate buisnesses along the West Highland Way route, that police have been called to various locations along the WHW regarding these events.
THE RACE ASKS THAT NO SUPPORT PERSONS OR FRIENDS MEET THE COMPETITOR AT 'BEINGLAS FARM CAMPSITE' (41 miles) AS ACCESS IS VERY RESTRICTED
That is why in the WHW Challenge Race does not require 'back up' transport, as there are access problems for support vehicles to many parts of the WHW. In addition the support vehicles also generate inherant dangers to their drivers, passengers and other road users through congestion and sleep depravation. Experience has shown from other races requiring support transport that support vehicle drivers who after 30-hours awake, fell asleep at the wheel and mounted the pavement and roadside verge. Luckily in these instances no one was hurt.
WHAT IS THE 'WHW CHALLENGE RACE' ATTEMPTING TO ACHIEVE?
The organisers are attempting to provide a challenge to the competitor, that is cheap, easy and simple in transversing the whole beautiful scenic West Highland Way route. Also to encourage new people to take part in the joys of 'long distance trail' competition. Trail running is not like marathon running where you turn up and nobody speaks to you, you then run the race where again no one speaks, then you finish and no one speaks to you, and you receive a £1.00 medal and go home.
The WHW Challenge is a simple 95-mile 'point to point' race in 35 hours where camaraderie is the most important factor along with finishing the race. Many long distance walkers will complete the West Highland Way in under 35 hours, just by steady walking.
The difference to a competitor in taking part, is the WHW Challenge Race will extend their endurance, their sleep deprivation and hopefully they will dig deep into their resolve and find the inner strength in many cases they did not know they possessed. In one week-end you can find out more about yourself and have a real sense of achievment than most people will find in a year.
The WHW Challenge Race does not set superhuman entry requirements, as none are required. As such the WHW Challenge Race is open to marathon runners, Long Distance Walking Association (LDWA) members, or any other long distance related event competitors, or even if its your first time you may consider entering this challenge to see how you get on, basically you do not know until you try. The main point is that the competitor is fit and healthy enough to undertake the 95-mile ultra endurance competition and they are sensible enough to pull out if they are having a bad day.
The final decision on entry, will be up to the discretion of the organisers.
REGISTRATION; CHECK POINTS (CP); and WATER POINTS (WP)
Race food and drink will be provided by the race organisers at the individual Check Points. The food and drink to be provided is detailed below.
In addition to the food provided by the race, competitors will be able to provide their own 'drop bags' at Registration for transportation to the 3 Check Points listed below. These drop-bags will be transported by the organisers to the designated checkpoints and the drop-bags will be transported DIRECTLY to Fort William once the Check Point has closed. The 'USED' drop bags will not accompany the competitor along the route.
datum en andere gegevens voorbehouden.
Neem altijd contact op met de organisator voor inschrijving en actuele informatie.