Devil o’ the Highlands Footrace
Next Event : Saturday 10th August 2024
A 42 mile point-to-point ultramarathon along the West Highland Way trail through the highlands of Scotland from Tyndrum to Fort William.
Distance: 42 miles / 69 km
Total Ascent 6500ft / 1981 m
Time Limit: 12 hours
Point to point way-marked route (no navigation required)
95% trail 5% road
2 checkpoint food drop bags available
Start-to-finish baggage transport
Pre- and post-race buses available (extra cost & spaces limited)
Free showers at finish
Free home-made soup, hot food and drinks at finish
More Route information available here on plotaroute
Race Weekend Logistics / Parking
Parking in Tyndrum (race start) is the event's biggest issue, especially during the peak tourist period in August. We have to keep local businesses on side so unless you have accommodation booked in Tyndrum for the Friday/Saturday evening there will be no long term parking at the race start. There is short term for vehicles dropping off runners but these cars must leave Tyndrum after the race start.
As the race is a point-to-point route we suggest one of the following plans:
STAY IN TYNDRUM BOTH FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS
Runners with booked accommodation should park at the accommodation and can book a return bus back to Tyndrum after the event on the Saturday at 6pm (extra cost)
STAY IN FORT WILLIAM ON FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS
Book the early Saturday early morning bus from Fort William to the race start in Tyndrum (extra cost). Then run back to Fort William. The early Saturday morning buses will leave from Glen Nevis Campsite and stop at Fort William Bus Station before heading to Tyndrum and arrive in plenty of time for registration and race start.
ARRANGE TO BE DROPPED OFF AT START AND COLLECTED AT THE FINISH
This could be family/friend/club mate/support crew who drive you to the start in Tyndrum, maybe see you at Glencoe and Kinlochleven, then collect you from the finish in Fort William. Phase note they must leave Tyndrum immediately after the race start. Another option is that the person who drops you off joins the race team and helps out while you run to Fort William.
Race Weekend Schedule
Friday 9th August
7:00pm - 9:00pm: Race registration at the Tyndrum Inn, Tyndrum (FK20 8RY)
Saturday 10th August
3.45am: Private coaches leave Glen Nevis Campsite (PH33 6SX) for race start (must be booked in advance)
4:00am: Private coaches leave Fort William Bus Station (PH33 6AN) for race start (must be booked in advance)
4:15am - 5:30am: Race registration at the Green Welly Stop, Tyndrum (FK20 8RY)
4:15am - 5:45am: Bring drop bags to race start and put into checkpoint vehicles
4:15am - 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. Run 42 miles to Fort William!
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
6:00pm: Private coaches leave Fort William Race Finish (Lochaber Leisure Centre) for Tyndrum (must be booked in advance
Event Environmental Impact
We are trying to reduce the environmental impact of the event there is an opt-out system for runners to choose not to receive a t-shirt.
T-SHIRT: If you choose to not get a t-shirt then you have the options of either donating the £6 to charity or receiving a £6 reduction in the entry fee.
All proceeds will be donated to Strathfillan Community Development Trust. Registered Charity SC026601.
No single use plastic cups will be used at the event. Please carry a cup or water bottle throughout race.
Important Event Rules
All runners must carry an emergency foil blanket, a waterproof jacket with hood and taped seams and charged/switched on mobile phone.
Runners are allowed external support at certain locations. Spectators are welcome at specific locations (Glencoe and Kinlochleven).
It is strictly FORBIDDEN for any participant to run in place of another runner. No one is allowed to run using another runner's race number.
Limited earphone use allowed.
No running poles or other artificial aids.
No dogs accompanying runners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inclusivity & Discrimination
The event is LGBT friendly. We are also QIA+ friendly. We're friendly to everyone, really. You can enter our race as female, male, or non-binary. If you are transgender, we are happy for you to enter and run in the gender category you identify, subject to current SA/UKA rules of competition which the organisers much adhere to. Event changing, showers and toilets will be available for all genders. We are fully committed to upholding all principles of the Scottish LGBT Sports Charter.
The events strives to be as inclusive as possible and the organisers have a zero tolerance policy to any form of discrimination.
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: 10hrs 15mins race time, which is 4.15pm.
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 food 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.