Entries open for gruelling Staffin race!

EXPERIENCED runners are being invited to enter a hugely demanding 17-mile race in Staffin this summer.

The Skye and Lochalsh Running Club is seeking entrants to enter the Trotternish Ridge Race which takes in some of Staffin’s most well-known landmarks, including the Quiraing, and sees competitors tackle an approximate 6000-ft ascent.

The annual ridge race, which is limited to 75 runners, starts at Flodigarry. The ridge skirts right round Staffin and separates it from the other side of Trotternish. All runners must be over 18-years-old and carry full body cover including hat and gloves, a relevant map, compass and whistle. Competitors must also have completed two AM races or have relevant experience.

The course is unmarked apart from the first two miles through the Quiraing and there are few paths. The race is over rough and steep terrain. Runners are expected to make their own way between six checkpoints, therefore they must be competent with map and compass. The grid references for checkpoints will be released closer to the race, which is on Saturday June 6 2015, as they are subject to Scottish Natural Heritage imposed conditions.

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A competitor Trotternish Ridge runner at the Quiraing.

It is a category Long A race. The fee is £15 and entries close on Wednesday June 3. Registration is between 9am to 10am at Portree High School, Portree. All competitors will be transferred to start of race from Portree and back from finish by a courtesy coach.

Water will be available at checkpoints 2 and 4, which will be manned. There will be a flagged escape route from the ridge at CP 4.

There will be prizegiving and refreshments at the Tongadale Hotel, Portree, on the evening after the race. All enquiries regarding entries to the race event organiser Neil Turner via e-mail neilsturner@btinternet.com