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West Highland Method Race – iRunFar


[Author’s Note: This article is the sixth in an 11-part series in AJW’s Taproom celebrating under-the-radar races.]

Going down annually towards the top of June within the Scottish Highlands, the West Highland Method Race is an iconic, long-lasting ultramarathon.

The West Highland Method Path, which provides the race its identify, opened in 1980, and the primary race occurred in June of 1985. Two Scottish runners, Duncan Watson and Bobby Shields, ran the primary version of the race as a cheeky head-to-head problem and lined the almost 90 miles of the course in 17:48. They completed collectively.

West Highland Way runner

The 95-mile West Highland Method Race is an iconic ultramarathon that began in 1985. All pictures courtesy of West Highland Method Race.

The next yr, Watson and Shields invited just a few different runners to hitch them within the enjoyable. Over the following few years, the race established itself within the area, and participation grew. Nevertheless, allowing challenges and an absence of sturdy management within the Nineties put the race underneath strain, and by 1999, the race was in peril of being canceled.

Dario Melaragni and Stan Milne, two runners who had accomplished the race a number of instances round then, determined the occasion was too necessary to fail and took over the directorship in 2000. All through the 2000s, the race grew underneath their management, and by 2010, it was routinely attracting over 100 runners annually. At the moment, the race is capped at 300 runners and fills to capability yearly.

In its present kind, the West Highland Method Path runs for 95 miles and has greater than 14,000 ft of elevation achieve. Apart from just a few miles of street, the occasion is held solely on path. The occasion has just a few distinctive features, together with a 1 a.m. begin and a few lengthy stretches between checkpoints, together with one over 20 miles.

As with many historic ultras, a number of individuals have double-digit finishes on the West Highland Method. After the 2023 race, Neil MacRitchie and Fiona Rennie each have 17 finishes, and Adrian Stott, Jim Drummond, and the late Tony Thistlethwaite all have 15 finishes.

West Highland Way race start

The 1 a.m. begin is only one factor that makes the occasion distinctive.

The race is at present directed by Ian Beattie, a multi-time West Highland Method Race finisher. Beattie is supported by a loyal all-volunteer crew and retains the race solely non-profit, because it has been because the starting.

The crew is sort of pleased with the “household really feel” of the occasion, which begins at packet pickup on the afternoon earlier than the beginning and concludes with the prize-giving ceremony after the final finisher has crossed the road. Every finisher receives a good-looking hand-carved crystal goblet to commemorate their achievement.

Prize giving at West Highland Way Race

The prize-giving ceremony at West Highland Method Race doesn’t begin till each runner has crossed the end line.

Reads the race web site: “The race makes no claims to be the hardest, hardest, or most scenic race on the planet. The organizing crew merely seeks, whereas attempting to maneuver with the instances, to keep up what’s a novel and iconic problem on one in every of Britain’s unique and most spectacular long-distance trails. Working the West Highland Method is achievable by anybody with a love of the outside who needs to expertise Scotland at its best.”

West Highland Way prize goblet

Every finisher receives a hand-carved crystal goblet.

The 2024 race is full, however registration for the 2025 occasion opens on November 1, 2024, for anybody wanting to hitch this distinctive problem.

Bottoms up!

AJW’s Beer of the Week

This week’s Beer of the Week comes from Belhaven Brewery in Dunbar, Scotland. Belhaven Scottish Ale is a deep, darkish, malty beer that weighs in at 5.2% ABV. A clean, syrupy Scottish Ale, Belhaven can be an ideal pint to savor after ending the West Highland Method Race.

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Scottish Highlands scenery at West Highland Way Race

The West Highland Method highlights among the finest surroundings of the Scottish Highlands.



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