Mountain running events company Ourea Events has confirmed details of its planned calendar of races once Covid restrictions ease. Preparations are well underway to go ahead with hosting all of the company’s key events this year.
The revised timetable runs – the Cape Wrath Ultra® from 1-8 August; the SILVA Great Lakeland 3Day® from 28-30 August; the Dragon’s Back Race® from 6-11 September and Salomon Skyline Scotland® from 18-19 September. Limited entries for this special August edition of the Cape Wrath Ultra® are now available via the website.
Throughout the pandemic, the Ourea Events team has communicated regularly and transparently with every runner who has signed up for its events, along with the huge army of volunteers who make it possible to host them, and all sponsors, partners and stakeholders.
The nature of the majority of the company’s races means that participants require plenty of time to prepare, both in their training and in planning time off work, travel and other logistics. Race director Shane Ohly and many of his colleagues are experienced ultra-runners themselves and have a deep understanding of these issues.
The return to events will begin with the Cape Wrath Ultra® at the start of August, when participants will spend eight days negotiating a route through the spectacular and remote landscape of the North West Highlands of Scotland.
Social distancing may not be difficult for significant aspects of the event. However, Ourea Events will be putting in place all necessary measures to meet the Scottish government’s most up to date Covid-related requirements.
To ensure the safety of runners, volunteers, staff and local communities, the same principles will be applied to the events that follow. These will be adapted to meet the latest rules in England, Wales and Scotland respectively.
Shane Ohly of Ourea Events said, “The last year has been immensely difficult for everyone and as both a race organiser and participant, I have an acute awareness of the impact that the pandemic has had on the events sector, and in particular on mountain running. At Ourea Events, we share the huge frustration of runners everywhere and like them, we are desperately keen for a return to events.
“However, we must make sure that this is done safely. We put on races in three different nations and each event is very distinct, presenting us with very specific challenges to address.”
Ourea Events races routinely sell out but inevitably there are entrants who for a variety of reasons will not be able to participate on revised dates. A small number of places are therefore now available for this one-off August edition of the Cape Wrath Ultra® this summer. For the latest information, keep an eye on the event websites and social media channels:
- Cape Wrath Ultra / @CapeWrathUltra
- SILVA Great Lakeland / @GreatLakeland3D
- Dragon’s Back Race / @DragonsBackRace
- Salomon Skyline Scotland / @SkylineScotland.
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