The next Beinn Resipol hill race will be held on Saturday the 19th September 2020 setting off at 13:00.
The 7.5 mile race sets off from Resipole campsite on Loch Sunart and meanders its way up and down the 845 summit. The route takes in stunning views of the Ardnamurchan peninsula. On a cloud free day you can see the Small Isles and Skye to the West and the Nevis range to the East.
Why not make a weekend of it and stay so you can explore a bit more of what Ardnamurchan has to offer. The campsite is offering a 20% discount for runners and their friends/families. Book your pitch HERE using the voucher code benresrace20.
Profits made from the race go towards 2 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.
Online entries are open at EntryCentral click HERE to enter. Entries are £8 online and £10 on the day (cash). Online entries close 24 hrs before the race sets off. Entry includes after race spread. The deadline for race + T-shirt entries is Sunday 23rd August so we can put an order in for them, it’s likely we’ll have T-shirts on the day but order online to guarantee. Race HQ is in the marquee in the middle of the campsite. Race HQ is open from 11:00 for registration. Registration closes at 12:30.
Dinner and ceilidh tickets are available by bank transfer to sort code 80-46-92 account number 12104767, they are £10 a ticket. Leave your name followed by MEAL as a remitter e.g. “DHoustonMEAL”. Tickets are on a first come first serve basis with numbers capped at 30, so book early to avoid disappointment.
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.
There will be prizes for the first three female and first three male finishers. Age category prizes are as follows 40-49, 50- 59, 60-69, and +70. First senior male (3 counters) and senior female (2 counters) teams will win a prize. There will also 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 wife Claire Houston-Perrie and Resipole Holiday Park managers Karin Schuler and Rory Sinclair. However, we’d be lost without all the local help we receive which makes the race a success, special mention to the Resipole community (Sinclairs, MacKays, Houstons, Gillespies, Jacksons, Barry+Sue, Ilanora, Burtons, Eynons), Ewen’s Room volunteers, Ard walkers, and Shettleston Harriers. 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.