Sabrina Verjee is among the top entries for the challenging Cape Wrath Ultra, which will make its return after three years on August 1.
The Cumbria-based runner, who holds the record for the fastest completion of the Lake District Wainwrights and the women's FKT for the Pennine Way, will be joined by former Dragon's Back winner Lisa Watson and GB Trail World Championships representative Sally Fawcett.
The eight-day 400km ultra starts at Fort William before covering the toughest terrain of the northwesterly tip of Scotland and ending at Cape Wrath lighthouse. More than 100 runners, who will be subject to Covid-related measured, will cross through Knoydart, Kintail, Torridon, Assynt and Sutherland.
The Cape Wrath Ultra was last held in 2018 and was due to be staged in May last year as an annual event. Following the pandemic, it is the first of Ourea Events’ stable of races to return in 2021, and will be followed by the SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day (28-30 August), the Montane Dragon’s Back Race (6-11 September) and Salomon Skyline Scotland (18-19 September).
Three runners are preparing to double up by running the Cape Wrath Ultra and Montane Dragon’s Back Race in consecutive months - Lenny Hughes, Paul McCleery and Scott White.
Shane Ohly, Cape Wrath Ultra race director, said: “In the circumstances, it’s inevitable that we will be welcoming a smaller field than originally expected, but that includes some runners who have vast experience, so I anticipate a very exciting competition at the front. However, anyone who has participated before or has even just visited the area, will know that the Cape Wrath Ultra is much more than a race and the camaraderie that develops along the journey is remarkable, as our runners and volunteers support each other while they make their way through a wondrous and remote landscape. I think that this year’s event will be particularly special because of the wider context and circumstances, and I know that everyone involved is very much looking forward to getting back into racing again.”
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