Glen Coe Skyline race
Congratulations to Johannes Felter
Johannes Petersen, the SOA Regional Development officer (Highland), was 13th at the inaugural Glen Coe Skyline race. This is 52.96km with 4,256m of climb, which he did in 8:33:10. The winner, Joe Symonds, did it in 7:36:21. The route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing.
This is a serious callenge, which the Glen Coe Skyline event website clearly lays out:
The organisers have an obligation to ensure that the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ is as safe as possible, but without diminishing the nature of the challenge... The nature of the challenge is very severe and there is a risk of serious injury or death whilst participating in this event.
The Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ follows in the finest tradition of the most prestigious Skyrunning races, fusing mountain running and alpinism in a pure test of speed, endurance and skill on an uncompromising world-class course, which is designed to challenge the most experienced and competent mountain runners.
Our proposed route features long and sustained sections of scrambling terrain, which is roughly equivalent to moderate standard rock climbing. Be under no illusions that a slip or trip on these serious sections of the route could result in death.
If you do not explicitly understand the terms, or have no direct personal experience of ‘scrambling’ and ‘moderate standard rock climbing’ then the Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™ is not suitable for you.
The proposed race route traverses high and remote mountainous terrain. Once committed to many sections of the race route it is impossible to retreat. The entire race route is subject to rapidly changing, highly variable and extremely severe weather. For this reason, competitors must be capable of ‘robust completion’ of the route in all but the most serious weather conditions.
The route is very rough underfoot with long sections of rock and scree-covered terrain. There will be an enormous amount of ascent and descent.
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