2020 Race Information
Devil o’ the Highlands Footrace 2020
Race Date & Time: 6:00am Saturday 6th August 2020
Distance: 42 miles / 69 Km
Total Ascent 6500ft / 1981 m
Start Location: Tyndrum FK20 8RY
Start Time: 6am
Finish Location: Fort William PH33 6BU
Time Limit: 12 hours
Fully way-marked route
95% Trail 5% road
Point to point race route
2 CP food drop bags available
Start-Finish baggage transport
Pre- and post-race buses available (extra cost)
Do what the marshals tell you. At all times. And especially at road crossings.
Race numbers must be worn on your FRONT, and must be visible to marshals at all times.
All runners must carry an emergency foil blanket and a charged/switched on mobile phone at all times.
No running poles or other artificial aids. No dogs accompanying runners or support runners.
No support crew assistance anywhere before Glencoe checkpoint.
No support runners before Kinlochleven checkpoint at 11:30am.
Absolutely NO LITTERING- carry your rubbish with you and use the big litter bins at checkpoints.
Limited earphone use is allowed - please read on for details of our earphone rules.
If you decide to withdraw during the race, you MUST let us know about it before going home.
The use of ibuprofen, diclofenac, or any other NSAID as a race-day painkiller is forbidden.
Please note that the race director’s decisions on all matters regarding race rules, unsporting conduct, any other questionable behaviour and all aspects of runner safety are absolutely final.
Race Weekend Schedule
Friday 7th August
7:00pm - 9:00pm: Race registration in the Tyndrum Inn, Tyndrum (FK20 8RY)
Saturday 8th August
4:00am: Private coach leaves Fort William Bus Station (PH33 6AN) for race start (must be booked in advance)
4:15am - 5:30am: Race registration, Race Start/Tyndrum
4:00am - 5:45am: Bring drop bags to race start and put into checkpoint vehicles
4:00am - 5:45am: Bring kit bags (for finish at Fort William) to race start and put into finish line van
5:45am: Race Director's race briefing for runners, at the Green Welly Stop
6:00am: Race start
12:00pm - 6:30pm: Hot home-made food, tea, coffee and other drinks in the marquee at the race finish
4:00pm-ish: Prizegiving at the race finish
All coaches must be booked in advance, via Si Entries. Places are limited so please book buses ASAP.
Friday 7th August, 7:00pm - 9:00pm: In the Tyndrum Inn. Excellent pub grub menu available until 9:00pm.
Saturday 8th August 4:15am - 5:30am: At the Green Welly Stop. Hot drinks & breakfast rolls available from 4:30am.
Please note you only need to come to one registration session, not both. The pre-event buses from Fort William arrive in time to register on the Saturday morning.
At registration you will pick up your race number, which must be worn on your FRONT, and your timing chip, which must be worn on your WRIST. Please note that you must show photographic ID at race registration.
Parking in Tyndrum is always an issue so this year we have a car share rule and single occupancy vehicles will NOT BE allowed to enter the event car park. More information to come on this........
If registering on Saturday morning, please allow plenty of time to arrive and get yourself organised, as registration will close at 5:30am sharp. If arriving by car, please follow traffic marshals’ directions and don’t park like a fanny.
Fort William Parking
Please use An Aird car park opposite the Nevis Centre (PH33 6FE, next to Lidl). This applies to runners getting the 4:00am coach from Fort William to the race start and also to friends and family coming to Fort William to cheer runners on at the finish. Everyone should use An Aird car park. There is NO parking for runners, friends, family, or support crews at the leisure centre (event finish).
The following items MUST be carried by ALL runners at ALL times:
1. An emergency foil blanket (minimum size 200 x 100cm)
2. A fully charged and switched on mobile phone
Don’t try to be sneaky about this, just carry what we tell you to. Kit checks WILL be carried out. Please note that a foil blanket is the minimum safety kit that we insist on. If you want to carry something more substantial like a bivvy bag or an emergency shelter instead, that is absolutely fine by us. And please use your common sense. This is a long run over wild terrain. Check the weather forecast and decide for yourself what other kit you might need. In bad or changeable weather we would strongly recommend full waterproofs and extra clothing.
Checkpoints and distances
Checkpoints, distances, and details of what all is provided are as follows:
CP1 - Bridge of Orchy - 7 miles - water available
CP2 - Glencoe Mountain Resort - 17 miles - water & Coke - Drop bag
CP3 - Kinlochleven - 27 miles - water & Coke - Drop bag
CP4 - Lundavra - 35 miles - water & Coke - sympathy & hugs :-)
There are 2 cutoffs during the event.
Kinlochleven checkpoint: 7hrs 30mins race time, which is 1:30pm.
If you reach Kinlochleven after 1:30pm you will be timed out, and will not be allowed to continue.
Lundavra checkpoint: TBC
Please note that if you are timed out, you must stop. You cannot continue running, even unofficially. If you do so, you will be barred from future events.
Runners can have drop bags at Glencoe and Kinlochleven. Please label them clearly with your name, race number, and checkpoint location. Drop bags should be small, and must not contain shoes or full changes of clothing. Please do not bring drop bags to Friday registration, as we will not be accepting them then. Please just bring them to the race start on Saturday morning.
Support Crew and Spectator Information
NO RACE TRAFFIC ALLOWED TO STOP ANYWHERE NEAR THE BRIDGE OF ORCHY CHECKPOINT.
This means support crews and spectators, and it means that the layby on the A82 at the road crossing, the parking area at the front of the Bridge of Orchy hotel, the train station car park, the road up to the station, the road down to the checkpoint, the checkpoint itself, and the road round to Inveroran are all out of bounds. Support crews and spectators should drive through Bridge of Orchy without stopping.
NO RACE TRAFFIC ALLOWED TO STOP ANYWHERE NEAR THE GLENCOE ROAD CROSSING.
This means support crews and spectators, and it means that the turning area where our road crossing marshals are standing, the passing places at the bottom of the road up to the Glencoe Mountain Resort ski centre, the verges on the A82 either side of the road crossing, the access road to the Kingshouse Hotel, and any other nearby parking spots we have forgotten to mention, are all out of bounds. Basically, no parking for anyone, anywhere near the road crossing, and also please no slowing down to ask our marshals if your runner has gone through yet. And it also means no parking slightly further away and walking/cycling back. No one is allowed at the road crossing apart from marshals and runners!
We are imposing these restrictions for traffic safety reasons. Please tell your support crew and any friends or family who might be coming along on the day and ask them to obey marshals’ instructions at all times. The first place support crews/spectators can meet runners is at Glencoe checkpoint. After this, support crews/spectators can meet runners anywhere along the race route. Usual provisos about legal and sensible parking apply, and remember no support runners before Kinlochleven at 11:30am.