The third Beinn Resipol hill race will be held on the 16th September 2017 setting off at 13:00. Due to the success of the race our 2018 event will be a medium SHR championship race, so come and give it a go this year.
The 7.5 mile race sets off from Resipole campsite on Loch Sunart and meanders its way up and down the 845 summit. The summit provides stunning views of Loch Sunart, Loch Shiel, the Small Isles, Mull and Skye.
Why not make a weekend of it and stay in the Resipole Campsite so you can explore a bit more of what Ardnamurchan has to offer? The campsite are offering 10% off your stay for runners and their parties but only on pre-bookings (deadline 14th September 2017).
Profits made from the race this year are going towards 3 charities.
– Ewen’s Room works in the Ardnamurchan Peninsula to raise awareness of mental health challenges and brings together the community and people who may feel isolated. The winners are presented with the Ewen’s Room trophy donated by Malcolm and Rosie Gillespie of Ewen’s Room.
– Active Schools Ardnamurchan work to increase the opportunities for quality extra-curricular sport and activity for young people on the peninsula.
– Lochaber Mountain Rescue, Britain’s busiest mountain rescue team with around 100 rescues a year. As we all know Mountain Rescue teams are made up of volunteers who sacrifice their time and safety to save lives.
Online entry is now open at EntryCentral. Early bird entry is £5 until July 31st 2017, thereafter entry is £8 until 15th September or £10 on the day (if still available). That price is inclusive of soup, buffet and entertainment. The deadline for race + T-shirt entries is Sunday 27th August so we can put an order in for them. The race is restricted to 150 runners. Race HQ will be based in the marquee in the middle of the campsite. Race HQ is open from 11:00 for registration. Registration closes at 12:40.
The route is over mixed terrain. Less than a mile in to the race, the route takes you through woodland by way of a narrow rough path. This is a fun part of the course however care should be taken picking your way along this path. The ascent up the summit from the corrie is steep and craggy but a route can be picked through. The summit loop is designed to limit the number of runners passing each other. A fast and steep descent off the summit follows the main path back into the corrie. Runners return to the campsite by an alternate route which is suited to fast downhill running.
The male and female winners will have their names engraved on the Ewen’s Room Trophy which lives in the campsite reception. They’ll receive a take home trophy and a prize. There are prizes for 2nd and 3rd place male and female finishers. There are prizes for 40-49, 50-59, and 60+ age categories. There are prizes for the 1st male and 1st female local (Ardnamurchan) finishers. Finally there will be prizes for any course records.
Insurance and Safety
The race is a Scottish Hill Runners (SHR) hill race and is covered by their insurace. Click here for a read of the SHR insurance policy and the safety rules and guidelines which apply for the Beinn Resipol hill race. Kit checks will take place at registration. The minimum kit requirement is a map (printout), a compass, full body cover and a whistle. All runners must be present for the safety briefing at the race start.
Getting to Ardnamurchan
Take the A82 to the Corran ferry. Take the short ferry crossing to Ardgour then follow the A861 to Strontian and continue on the A861 for another 7 miles along the single track road to your destination of the campsite located here. Resipole is around a 3 hour drive from Glasgow, and just over an hour from Fort William. Race start postcode is PH36 4HX.
The race is organised by David Houston, his partner Claire Perrie and Resipole Holiday Park manager Karin Schuler. However, we’d be lost without all the local help we receive which makes the race a success, if you’re reading this and want to help out on the day please email us. David and Claire live in Glasgow and run with Shettleston Harriers. David’s parents live in Resipole and – having ran the route countless times – he thought the scenery and terrain on offer should be enjoyed by runners from across the UK and beyond.