Montane Dragon's Back champion Simon Roberts is among more than 300 competitors preparing to take part in the Cape Wrath Ultra starting Sunday.
The 400km route takes runners from Fort William to Cape Wrath, the most northwesterly part of the British Isles. Organised by Ourea Events, the eight-day, self-navigation stage race traverses some of Scotland's most spectacular landscapes, including Knoydart, Kintail, Torridon, Assynt and Sutherland.
Expected to be at the front aside from Roberts are Howard Dracup, who earlier this year finished third in the Montane Spine Challenger North, and Paul Ainsworth, who was fourth in 2018.
On the women's side, pushing for the win could be Laura O’Driscoll, twice Irish national champion over 50km and winner of numerous ultras, and Lake District-based Megan James, who completed the 2019 Dragon’s Back Race.
Race director Shane Ohly said: “Last year’s event was smaller than usual due to pandemic-related travel restrictions, so we’re really excited to welcome such a big and international field of ultra-runners in 2022, for what will be a spectacular and unforgettable journey through an incredible landscape. Putting the onus on the participants to self-navigate the route is a key part of the challenge and adventure offered by the Cape Wrath Ultra, and is also entirely in keeping with the sustainability strategy of Ourea Events and our goal to leave no trace.”
The race begins at 11am this Sunday and can be followed via live tracking.
Pic: Lisa Watson (left), last year's Cape Wrath Ultra winner (credit: No Limits Photography)