Tour of Arran trail race welcomes international field

Organisers report a 50% rise in entries on last year’s inaugural event (view trailer below)

Credit: Leo Francis/Rat Race Adventure Sports

Credit: Leo Francis/Rat Race Adventure Sports


This Saturday and Sunday, 500 adventure runners will descend on the stunning Isle of Arran for the Ultra Tour of Arran, the audacious 100km off-road running challenge staged by Rat Race Adventure Sports.

 Rat Race have reported a 50% rise in numbers from the inaugural event in 2018. Of those at least 445 are travelling to the west coast island from outside Scotland from the rest of the UK, Denmark, Netherlands, Dubai, Germany, France, USA, Canada and Belgium to experience this mythical isle that has been described by some as ‘Scotland in miniature’.

 The Ultra Tour of Arran, with its event hub in Brodick, is a two-day, fully supported and waymarked, off-road adventure run, packing a hefty 100km ultra distance route around the island with an overall vertical gain of 10,679 feet.  

Credit: Leo Francis/Rat Race Adventure Sports

Credit: Leo Francis/Rat Race Adventure Sports

Jim Mee, MD of Rat Race Adventure Sports, said: "We are very pleased to be returning to Arran in 2019. The island has so much to offer our Rat Racers and their supporters over and above the huge variety of running terrain from north to south. 

“Being ‘Scotland in miniature’, the island is the perfect outdoor adventure playground for active adventurers from the UK, Europe and the rest of the world keen to experience what Scotland has to offer on a two-day trail run.  With delights at every turn, the fantastically varied and distinct 50km trail running routes on both days highlight this perfectly; from dense enchanting forests and coastal beaches in the south to the iconic castles, deep glens and dramatic mountains, including Goatfell at 2867 feet, in the north.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Arran is the perfect stage for such an exciting and challenging adventure run. With such a varied landscape, taking in glens, beaches, forests and more, we are sure participants, families and friends alike will enjoy a stunning event on one of Scotland’s most beautiful islands.”