The team that coordinated the revival of the Dragon's Back Race, a 320km, high-ascent challenge that straddles the mountainous spine of Wales, have created a similarly daunting endurance challenge, the Cape Wrath Ultra. Billed as a once in a lifetime ultra-running expedition race, it will weave 400km through the Highlands of Scotland, with a date of June 2016 set.
Starting in Fort William, organisers have promised a route that links ancient footpaths and remote tracks to the furthest northwesterly point of the British Isles, Cape Wrath. The new race is based on the Cape Wrath Trail, which is considered to be the toughest long distance backpacking trail in the UK.
Race organiser, Shane Ohly from Ourea Events, describes the route: "Winding through the beautiful lochs, glens and mountains of the Scottish Highlands, the Cape Wrath Ultra is an ultra-running expedition through some of the world's most inspirational landscapes, including Morar, Knoydart, Kintail, Torridon, Assynt and Sutherland."
Hikers usually take at least 20 days to complete the trail and a new Cicerone guidebook published in 2013 has sparked renewed interested in this unofficial long distance footpath. Shane continued: "The route will be similar to the Cape Wrath Trail but with some important variations as we mould the journey for an ultra-running perspective."
The race is described as a supported ultra-running expedition, in which competitors' equipment will be transported each day and tented accommodation and all meals provided. This is the same successful formula that Ohly employed when he revived the Dragon's Back Race.