31 May 2020

Event to watch: Skyrunner World Series EXTREME race, the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline

September 15, 2016

The final 2016 Skyrunner World Series EXTREME race, the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline, is happening this Sunday (18th) in Glen Coe, Scotland.

Photo credit: Ian Corless

The course is widely regarded as the most challenging mountain running race in the world and features long sections of exposed scrambling including the famous Aonach Eagach and Curved Ridge.

Top ranked runners from 26 different countries will be travelling to Scotland to compete for the Skyrunner World Series EXTREME title, with a likely podium position for Edinburgh based Jasmin Paris.

Weekend of racing
The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline is part of the Skyline Scotland weekend of races based in Kinlochleven. The first race of the weekend is the Salomon Mamores VK, and this will be the first time the Vertical Kilometre format has been seen in

the UK. This format is popular in Europe and sees runners ascending 1,000m in a lung busting, leg burning race to the top of the huge Munro, Na Gruagaichean, which towers over Kinlochleven.

The following day is the inaugural Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace(tm), which has attracted over 400 runners from across the UK and overseas. This 29km course features airy ridges and is based on the classic Ring of Steall mountain walk.

Spectators are welcome at the event and the organisers have gone out of their way to welcome friends and family of the participants and involve the local community. There are even guided walks with local Mountain Leaders for just £10, aimed at spectators wanting to get out onto the course. There are spectating zones along the course, and there will be a huge buzz at the Ice Factor where all the races start and finish, with live commentary, screens and a warm welcome.

Women to watch for:
The women’s field for the world title is wide open.
Natalia Tomasiak (Poland), is currently leading the series after two races.
Jasmin Paris (UK) was placed second in Glen Coe last year, so has the advantage of knowing the course.
Ruth Croft (New Zealand) is currently 4th overall.
Marlene Bikken Haukøy (Norway) is ranked 5th, but stands a chance for the title if she performs well here.

British runners Sarah Ridgeway, Beth Pascall, and Lizzie Wraith are all likely to feature in the top ten.

Find out more here: www.skylinescotland.com

Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine





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