Great Glen Ultra

When:
14th October 2017 all-day
2017-10-14T00:00:00+01:00
2017-10-15T00:00:00+01:00
Where:
Fort William, Scotland
Fort William
UK
Cost:
£55-60
Contact:
Great Glen Ultra @ Fort William, Scotland | Fort William | Scotland | United Kingdom

The Great Glen Ultra Challenge will run 92Km from Fort William to Inverness non-stop. This paddle will combine the opportunity of paddling coast to coast in Scotland as well as witnessing breathtaking scenery.

The Paddle will run in the direction of the wind.  Therefore we may reverse the course.  A decision will be made on the Thursday before the event.

Event Information

Schedule

  • 19:00 Friday 13th October - Briefing, venue will be confirmed in race pack.
  • 03:00 Saturday 14th October - Equipment check.
  • 03:30 Saturday 14th October - Race start.
  • 20:00 Saturday 14th October - Prize giving, venue to be confirmed.

Location

The event site for registration will be confirmed.

Parking & Camping

The Great Glen has a large range of B&B, Hotel, Camp Site, Caravan Park and Lodges.  It may be best to book accommodation close to Fort Augustus, which is the halfway point in case we reverse the course due to wind direction.

Great Glen Ultra Race Information

Format

The Great Glen Challenge is a single (long) day ultra-distance race running 92Km from Fort William to Inverness non-stop. This paddle will combine the opportunity of paddling coast to coast in Scotland as well as witnessing breathtaking scenery.

Schedule

The start time is 3:30 AM! This should ensure all paddlers finish in daylight.

  • 19:00 Friday 13th October - Briefing, venue will be confirmed in race pack.
  • 03:00 Saturday 14th October - Equipment check.
  • 03:30 Saturday 14th October - Race start.
  • 20:00 Saturday 14th October - Prize giving, venue to be confirmed.

Categories

Classes

This challenge is open to

  • SUP
  • Canoe
  • Kayak
  • Surfski

All race classes are open to solo paddlers (no multi person craft).

SUP maximum length is 14 foot.

Entry will be limited to 30 paddlers.\

Safety & Mandatory Equipment

  • Ground Support Crew – mobile number must passed to Race Director at briefing.  If you do not have ground support you must check yourself in and out of every checkpoint and carry your supplies for the duration of the race.
  • Mobile phone in waterproof container, means of charging mobile phone.
  • Light to be permanently attached to board or person.  Must be visible and switched on during dusk and darkness.
  • Personal Flotation Device (waist PFD or buoyancy aid).
  • SUP leash specifically it must be quick release.
  • Sufficient food and drink in case of self rescue.
  • Bivvy bag or space blanket in case of self rescue and consequent awaiting of ground support.
  • Paddler must wear the provided high viz race bib at all time on the water.
  • Paddler must wear the provided race number at all times.

Portages

Support crews are able to assist paddlers at portages:

  1. st  Portage – Gairlochy Portage (350m).
  2. nd Portage – Laggan Portage (250m).
  3. rd Portage – Kytra Portage (200m).
  4. th Portage – Fort Augustus (750m), portage is at entrance to Loch Ness.
  5. th Portage – Dochgarrock Portage (200m), portage is at exit of Loch Ness.

RNLI Safety Advice

The water of the Lochs are rarely above 5 degrees centigrade.  Therefore drysuits or wetsuits would be advisable.

Waves around 1 metre are common and can occur within 30 minutes of strong wind establishing.

Being fresh water the Great Glen route is far less buoyant than the sea.

Marine VHF Channel 16 is monitored by HMCG throughout the Great Glen.  If using mobile dial 999.

Mobile phone signals are generally ok.  Make sure you have a fully charged battery and keep your phone in a waterproof container.

On Loch Ness and Loch Oich please follow the left hand shore line and follow the right hand shore line on Loch Lochy.  This is correct for the route we will be taking from Inverness.  However, this will reverse if we reverse the course due to wind direction.

Please paddle no more than 100m off away from the shore.  The reason for this is that this area is subject to almost instantaneous wind and weather changes.  At 100m you are able to reach the safety of the shore before the water conditions change too much.

Support Crews

Race Director will pass their mobile number to every support crew at the briefing.  Could every support crew please text Race Director to check paddlers in and out of every portage.  This will be explained during the briefing.

Race packs will be posted to competitors once registered.  The race pack will include maps, waiver and accommodation info.

Entry Fee

Entry Fee Solo £60

Team/Relay £55

Refund Policy

  • Up until 30th June - 100%.
  • Between 1st July and 31st July - 50%.
  • Between 1st August and 5th September - 25%.
  • After 5th September - 0%.