DISTANCE
75 MILES
ELEVATION
3780M
LOCATION
ISLE OF SKYE
PLACES
100
CUT-OFF TIME
26 HOURS
ENTRY FEE
£199
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SKYE TRAIL ULTRA 75 Mile

Saturday 25th May 2024

Taking on the Isle of Skye from end to end, and passing through some of the finest mountain ranges and coastal trails in the UK.

 An International field of runners take on the wild and breathtaking Scottish Trail, the Skye Trail, a simply breathtaking route.

Explore it’s entirety in one go, ultra-style, with 7 checkpoints spanning the route and live online tracking from GB Race Tracker.

Ready for the challenge?

Secure your place now for the challenge of a lifetime on the Skye Trail Ultra for only £199.

Entries by application only and are limited to 100 places.  All applicants will be vetted upon receipt of an application. Race Across Skye is a navigation event.

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Course Records

Mens PB – Jeremy Cottingham (GBR) 13 Hours 50 Minutes (2022)

Ladies PB – Caroline Mackay (GBR) 17 Hours 00 Minutes (2015)

Days
Hours
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Gold, Silver or Bronze?

Top 3 Male and Top 3 Female Finishers earn a bespoke GB Ultras trophy.  Top 25 earn the ‘Isle of Skye Ultra’  Gold Medal, 26-50 finishers earn the Silver Medal with the remaining finishers earning the Bronze Medal.

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All The Skye Trail Ultra Information

We want you to have the most amazing time at the Skye Trail Ultra! All the information you need to participate in this event is below.

Start Venue & Race HQ

Duntulm – Location TBA.

Friday 24th May 2024.

5.30pm – 9.00pm – Race Registration, Race Number Collection & Dropbags handed in.

Saturday 25th May 2024 – Race Day

4.15am – 5.30am – Race Registration, Race Number Collection, Dropbags handed in & Race Tracker Collection

6.00am – Race Start.

Finish Line

Broadford Village Hall, 1 A87, Broadford, Isle of Skye, IV49 9AE.

For those wishing to take on the Skye Trail Ultra, we recommend a solid background of mountain experience/ultrarunning race experience before taking on the event.

You can apply to take part in the 2024 race using the online application form above, giving full details of your experience to date.

Participants must be at least 20 years old on race-day (Rule T3 (141) S5 UKA Trail Running), in good health and must have fully completed the application form.  Applications will be reviewed by the team and a decision provided back to you. 

For any questions please email info@GBUltras.com

The Mandatory Kit stipulated in this section must be carried at all times during the Skye Trail Ultra as it is the duty of the participant to be self-sufficient throughout the event.  Runners must also carry their days food with them along with emergency rations due to the inaccessibility of the route. The Checkpoints detailed in the section below merely support your progress.

Mandatory Kit

Hardcopy Skye Trail Map – available at Harvey Maps 
Waterproof coat with sealed seams (Gore-Tex or similar) – minimum 10,000mm,
Base plate Compass
Long Sleeved Base layer (kept in a drybag separate from Starting kit)
Whistle
Water bottle or bladder -min 1 litre capacity,
Fully charged mobile phone,
Survival/thermal Bag or Bivvy bag,
Headtorch,
Water purification tablets or Filter,
Backup Headtorch or similar (not your phone nor watch),
Emergency Food Rations (min. 500 Calories)
GPS Tracker (Provided by GB Race Tracker Prior to the Race).

Poor Weather Kit – Waterproof trousers, warm hat and gloves are now added to the Mandatory Kit list (please ensure you prepare for this).

Recommended Kit

GPS Handheld device
Gloves/warm hat
Insect repellant 
Tick remover
Electrolytes/S-caps 
First aid kit

Please be aware GB Ultras Races are Cupless! You can buy a GB Ultras reusable cup CLICK HERE to visit the shop.

Runners can utilise Dropbag facilities at the following locations, these must be separate dropbags.  Please take note of the size restrictions on the capacity of the bags to be transported.

Dropbag 2 will be transported to the Finish line for runners to collect once the checkpoint in question has closed.  GB Ultras will not collect individual dropbags during the event (should a participant withdraw from the event earlier than expected).  

2024 dropbag locations subject to final confirmation. 

DROPBAG 1 – Checkpoint 4
Braes Community Hall – Maximum dimensions 40cm x 35cm x 20cm (L x W x H) – Capacity approx 30 litre

DROPBAG 2 – Finish Line
Broadford Village Hall – Maximum dimensions 55cm x 39cm x 20cm (L x W x H). Capacity should be no greater than 50 litre

Dropbags larger than these sizes will be refused.

OVERSEAS RUNNERS – Finish line bag can be a small/medium suitcase. Please contact us for more information.

The 75 Mile Skye Trail Ultra has 7 Checkpoints en route with mountain teams deployed on high ground with the principle aim of maintaining the highest level of support possible across the Skye Trail.

Cut-off times per checkpoint are implemented by GB Ultras and will be strictly enforced to ensure the safe and proper running of the event and include the length of time taken to complete sections of the route.  There is an overall 26 hour cut off time for the event.

Participants must attend each checkpoint.

The locations of the checkpoints are:

Checkpoint 1 – 6.3 Miles
Quiraing Car Park, Portree, Sartle, Staffin, IV51 9LB
Support crews permitted. Please respect the local area and use pay and display car park 
Cut-off 08.52 Saturday

Checkpoint 2 – 19.6 Miles
Old Man of Storr Car Park, Skye, IV51 9HX.
Support crews permitted. Limited parking at pay & display car park. Support crews permitted only if space available.
Cut off 15:29 Saturday

Checkpoint 3 – 28 Miles
Portree Community Centre, Camanachd Square, Portree, IV51 9BW
Support Crews permitted. Limited car park spaces, please park in Portree as an alternative.
Cut off 17:51 Saturday

Checkpoint 4 – 34.25 Miles
Braes Community Hall, The Old House, 4 Lower Ollach, Portree, IV51 9LJ
Support Crews permitted
Cut off 19:42 Saturday. 

Checkpoint 5 – 40 Miles
Sligachan Campsite, Sligachan, Skye, IV47 8SW
Support Crews – No Support Crews permitted at campsite.  Please advise support crews to use hotel car park across the road.
Cut Off 21:25 Saturday.

Checkpoint 6 – 51.89 Miles
Elgol Village Hall, Elgol, IV49 9BJ
Support Crews permitted (please be respectful to the local community during night time hours)
Cut-off 01.03 Sunday. 

Checkpoint 7 – 60.3 Miles
Bla Bheinn Car Park, B8083, IV49 9AU
Support Crews permitted (please be respectful and quiet at the car park)
Cut off 03:32 Sunday.  

Finish – 74.78 Miles (subject to diversions)
Broadford Village Hall, 1 A87, Broadford, Isle of Skye, IV49 9AE.
Cut off 08:00am Sunday (Total time 26 Hours) 

Each Checkpoint provides water, further refreshments, and a variety of snacks and sandwiches, and, at Village Halls, hot food too, such as pasta. We reserve the right to refuse entry to support crews within checkpoint venues.  Please respect any decisions made by the event team.

Runners are self-sufficient between checkpoints, but are allowed a Support Crew. Please note that, due to the inaccessibility of the trail, there are very limited further support points in addition to the event checkpoints.

To ensure there is minimal impact on the environment and wildlife and to ensure all participants are equal and on the same footing, NO pacers are permitted.

Runners must make their own prior arrangements for accommodation and transport before and after the event.

Runners may have their own Support Crew during the race. During Race Registration, we will collect a name and contact number for your support crew.

Where Support Crews are permitted at a checkpoint, no more than 2 Support Crew members supporting an individual runner are permitted in a Village Hall/Community Centre at any one time. Some of the Village Halls are small to medium sized venues so to have 3 or 4 crew members for one runner limits the space.

Support Crew members must not impede the event team at any of the venues nor other runners.

Checkpoint managers may refuse support crew access if deemed necessary.

Support crews must not take the food nor drink from the Village Hall except for their runner unless given permission to do so.

Support Crews must respect Event Staff and are not permitted into the kitchen area unless given permission to do so by the Checkpoint Manager.

Failure to adhere to restrictions will result in the Support crew being asked to leave the venue and possible disqualification of the runner.

During night time periods or if it is obvious runners are sleeping at the venue (such as the finish venue) it is essential that Support crews respect other runners and the local community and keep noise to a minimum or they will be asked to leave the venue.

Checkpoint access –

Please see the section above which details where support crews are / are not permitted.

Please note at Checkpoint 2 Old Man of Storr car park there is limited parking.

Checkpoint 5 Sligachan Campsite – no Support Crews due to noise concerns.  Please park near to the Sligachan Hotel/Bridge.

Support Crews must arrive no more than 30 minutes before the expected time of your runner on request of the Highland Council who have kindly granted checkpoint location permissions.

Support crews must use the pay and display at the car parks and we cannot guarantee parking at any checkpoint location.

In addition to the race Checkpoints, the following locations provide additional access to meet runners during the race:

Resupply/Rest – 28 Miles
Portree and Broadford – Various shops

Access Points – 
Portree harbour (25 miles), Isle of Skye Candle Company (26 miles), Kilmarie (55 miles), near Loch Cill Chrosd (69 miles)

Dogs

No dogs are permitted at any of the Checkpoints or Start/Finish venue.  Support Crews with dogs must keep them on a short lead at all times whilst supporting the race.

Parking – Start Venue

GB Ultras are currently in talks with landowners, arranging a suitable car parking location at the start location or nearby to the start.

Parking at the start location is limited and there is no camping available at the start.  Please do not park blocking access/egress to land.
Participants with support crews are requested to drop off their runners and leave the start location for CP1 due to insufficient parking in the area.

Participants and support crews are advised pre-race to use a one-way policy around the penisular for those coming from Portree to help avoid issues.

Return Coach Transport

Optional mini-bus transport back to the start location will be available after the event has finished and will be available at the following times:

Sunday 09:30.

Sunday 12:30 – please note, this departure will only be provided if the 09:30 departure is full.

The transport will leave at these times only, please do not miss your slot.

Mini-bus transfer can be added to your race entry for £19.99. Limited places are available and must be pre-booked are on a first come, first served basis. No places on the transfer will be available for purchase on the day.

GB Ultras will look to confirm the transport option by mid-late March.

If you see a runner experiencing difficulties during the Skye Trail Ultra please inform Checkpoint Marshals, Mountain Marshals or Race HQ. Each runner should save Race HQ mobile numbers on their mobile phone.

No roads are closed en route as its a trail race so please exercise due diligence and care at road crossings. This will mean that participants have to slow, possibly stop to cross roads.

There are certain sections that lead onto country road, and/or road crossings – due to the length of the route – it won’t be possible to marshal a 75 mile route. It is the role of the entrant to be self-sufficient and exercise caution.

Our team will endeavour to reach any participant in difficulty however due to the inaccessibility of the trail, this can take time. Mountain teams will be spread out on the high ground (Trotternish Ridge) and First Responders will be dispatched as quickly as possible. Phones must be used only in emergency to conserve battery power should the need arise.

Participants who lose time helping another fallen participant, struggling against the cut off time due to this reason, can claim this time back, subject to RD discretion, Checkpoint/Village Hall hire availability and event team/medical team availability, and under the proviso of completing within their new, extended cut off period.

Please watch the GB Ultras Virtual race brief for the event informing participants of emergency instructions to follow if there is a risk to life or limb.

GB Ultras believe all participants should make proper and mindful transport arrangements prior to the event and NO participant should be in charge of a car directly after the event. Please make sensible arrangements.

Skye Trail Ultra Admission Waiver

Each ultra runner agrees and understands the full nature of an Ultra-Marathon. That an Ultra-Marathon involves running throughout the day and well into the night at times with limited rest over challenging terrain with inherent risks of changing weather conditions. Each ultra runner understands that it is their responsibility to adequately train for the event, and monitor their own health throughout and are ultimately responsible for their own safety.

Each ultra runner understands these are there responsibilities not those of GB Ultras.

Please read these terms and conditions carefully and make sure that you understand them, before placing an entry on our site. By submitting your entry form, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions (“the Terms”), and by submitting, you declare that you hereby, for yourself, your heirs and executors, administrators, successors, and assigns, declare that:-

1. I hereby agree to comply with the Conditions of Entry and all event rules and regulations as set down by GB Ultras Ltd (“the Event Organisers”) a company registered in England and Wales under company number 09397186. These conditions include the length of time taken to complete sections of the course which may be implemented by the Event Organisers, at their discretion, to ensure safe and proper running of the event.
2. I agree that the decision of the Race Referee will be final in all circumstances and no discussion will be entered into.
3. I agree to conduct myself in a sporting, professional and cautious manner during my participation in the event and understand that I may be disqualified if I do not do so.
4. I understand participation in this Event is physically strenuous and demanding and am fully aware of the nature of the event and all associated medical and physical risks involved. I further certify that I am physically capable of competing in this Event and I will only compete if I am fit enough to do so.
5. I will be immediately disqualified from the Event if I am found to have intentionally shortened the route to the race, and found to be deliberately littering the course.
6. If I have any medical condition(s), including allergies, which the Event Organisers or Event medical advisors might need to be aware of, I have provided details of this on my entry form, and will also provide written details of this on the rear of my pin-on numbers prior to my participation in the Event. I agree to display my number at all times during the Event.
7. I acknowledge that my pin-on number is personal to me and it is non-transferable under any circumstances.
8. I understand and agree that I participate in this Event entirely at my own risk, that I must rely on my own ability in dealing with all hazards, and that I must conduct myself in a manner that is safe for myself and all others throughout the duration of this Event.
9. I agree to retire immediately from the event if ordered to do so by the Event Organisers, any government official or member of the emergency services.
10. I accept full liability for any medical expenses incurred as a result of training for and/or participating in the Event
11. I accept that the Event Organisers, sponsors, race officials, medical advisers and any person involved in the organisation of this Event are not liable for any injury or illness or resultant death that I may suffer as a result of my participation in the Event, whether prior to, during or subsequent to the Event. I enter the race entirely at my own risk. I renounce any rights and claims for damages that I may have against the Event Organisers, sponsors, race officials, medical advisers and any person involved in the organisation of this Event together with their officers, directors, shareholders, successors and assigns, (collectively, “Releasees”) and release them from all liability to the Participant and his/her personal representatives, assigns, heirs, executors, and successors for loss(es), damage(s) and claims therefor on account of injury to Participant or his/her property or the resultant death of Participant, whether caused by the active or passive negligence of the Releasees or otherwise, in connection with Participants involvement in the Event (“Losses”), and further covenants not to sue any of the aforementioned parties for such Losses.
12. Whilst the Event Organisers take every care with the staging of the Event, I accept that I must make all reasonable precautions for the safeguarding of my person and of my property during my participation in this Event. I further acknowledge that personal accident and personal items insurance is my responsibility.
13. I understand that at registration, I must produce photographic identification.
14. I am aware that when running, the function of the marshals is only to indicate direction and that I must decide if the movement is safe.
15. I accept that, in relation to my participation in this Event, I am required to obey instructions from marshals and relevant signage before, during and after the Event.
16. The Event Organisers introduce cut off times for completion of sections of the course as they see fit. These will be made clear prior to the race. Competitors may be instructed to withdraw from the Event in accordance with the imposed cut off times.
17. I accept that the Event Organisers reserve the right to amend the event format or cancel the Event due to health and safety reasons, including storm, rain, inclement weather, winds or any other act of god conditions. I accept that my Entry fee shall be non-refundable in this circumstance as costs have already been incurred.
18. I accept that the Event Organisers will do their utmost to provide me with a finish time following my completion of the Event, however they will not be held responsible for any computer result anomalies.
19. I will be 20 years old or over on the day of the Event (Rule T3 (141) S5 UKA Trail Running).
20. I have read, understood and accept the GB Ultras Ltd Withdrawal Policy.
21. I understand that confirmed entry to this event is dependent on a fully and accurately completed online Entry Form; and receipt of payment to cover my Entry fee at least 10 working days (2 weeks) in advance of the event. If either of these conditions is not fulfilled then my entry will not be valid nor accepted, and I will not be eligible to take part in the Event.
22. Through my completion and submission of the online Entry Form, I am committing to paying for my Event entry via the means as instructed on the GB Ultras Ltd website.
23. I irrevocably consent to my appearance in any media format, in relation to the publicity of this Event, and in future publicity and advertising of GB Ultras Ltd; provided that such use does not imply my direct endorsement of any official sponsor or suppliers of the Event.
24. All decisions and rulings by the Event Organisers, its employees and its agents are considered final.
25. The Event Organisers reserve the right to vary these conditions by giving notice to in writing in any official event material or correspondence prior to the Event.
26. A person who is not party to these Terms shall not have any rights under or in connection with them under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.
27. We will not be liable or responsible for any failure to perform, or delay in performance of, any of our obligations under the Terms that is caused by events outside our reasonable control (Force Majeure Event).
A Force Majeure Event includes any act, event, non-happening, omission or accident beyond our reasonable control and includes in particular (without limitation) the following: strikes, lock-outs or other industrial action; civil commotion, riot, invasion, terrorist attack or threat of terrorist attack, war (whether declared or not) or threat or preparation for war; fire, explosion, storm, flood, earthquake, subsidence, epidemic or other natural disaster; impossibility of the use of railways, shipping, aircraft, motor transport or other means of public or private transport; impossibility of the use of public or private telecommunications networks; the acts, decrees, legislation, regulations or restrictions of any government; and pandemic or epidemic.
28. I have read, understood and accept the GB Ultras Ltd Withdrawal Policy.
29. Should a GPS Tracker be damaged, lost or stolen then the entrant agrees to cover the cost of the tracker which is £150 + VAT per GPS tracker.
30. Upon withdrawal or completion of Ultra Great Britain, the runner agrees to return the GPS tracker to the Race Organiser. If a GPS tracker is not returned to a dedicated Race Marshal then the runner will be charged £150 + VAT.

31. The selection of the Venue’s may change should there be an outbreak of Covid or another infectious disease.  The agreement with 3rd party venues maybe subject to the venues own set of Terms and Conditions.

32. the Venue or the Premises are closed due to circumstances outside its control which precludes the Event taking place.

Dogs

Runners cannot run with a dog. No dogs are permitted at any of the Checkpoints or Start/Finish venue.  Support Crews with dogs must keep them on a short lead at all times whilst supporting the race.
Prior to the Skye Trail Ultra

Due to the nature of the event, costs are incurred as soon as a participant signs up, no refunds are possible in this event.

We allow deferrals to the 2025 race or transfer of your place to another runner subject to the timescales below. Transfers to another runner are also subject to the replacement runner meeting the qualifying criteria for the event (please see the Qualifying Criteria section).
 

Deferrals

Any deferrals to the 2025 Race must be requested by emailing the event team at events@gbultras.com no later than 8 weeks prior to the event subject to payment of an administration fee. No deferral requests will be permitted after this time. Click here to pay the Admin Fee.

Please note – A deferral is permitted for 1 year only (Unless due to pregnancy – please see GB Ultras Pregnancy Deferral Policy below). 

Pregnancy Deferral

  1. Women who have entered a GB Ultras event and are, or become, pregnant prior to race day can defer entry for up to two years.
  2. Women who fall pregnant again during the deferral period may request another deferral for up to an additional two years.
  3. Partners are also able to defer for one year if the birth is imminent.
  4. To defer please email events@gbultras.com with the medical certificate/medical confirmation of the pregnancy/birth.
  5. All other rules and requirements for race entry will apply.

     

Transfers to another runner

Transfers are possible up until 3 weeks before the Race day providing qualifying criteria is met (marathon experience) and payment of an administration fee. No transfer requests will be permitted after this time.  Click here to pay the Admin Fee.

Participants allowing another person to run under their name and bib no will be in breach of English Athletics code of conduct and will be disqualified.  The organiser must be informed of any change.

Once the administration fee has been paid, please email the team at events@gbultras.com with the following details of the replacement runner:
 
Full name
Date of Birth
Full address and postcode
Mobile
Email address
Running Club (if any)
UKA membership number (if any)
Next of kin name
Next of kin number
 

During the race

Please inform a GB Ultras Race Marshal at one of the Checkpoint’s or Race HQ.  This will ensure all participants who are registered and pull out of the race are accounted for, allowing for the accurate and safe running of the event.  If a participant withdraws at a Checkpoint they must hand over their Race Number & GPS Tracker to the Event team to signal their retirement.  Marshals will inform the race organiser and each of the remaining Checkpoints can update their event documentation.

Upon withdrawal from the race, it is the responsibility of the individual to get themselves home (or to the finish if required to collect any dropbags). We would recommend having your own Support Crew or someone on standby to collect you in case of unexpected withdrawal during the event.

Where possible, runners withdrawing from the race may be able to be transported by GB Ultras event support from a checkpoint back to Race HQ however this cannot be guaranteed. Priority will be given to runners still participating in the race.

Where it is possible to transport a runner to the finish, this will only be available after a checkpoint closes and therefore may involve a significant wait. In addition, as event teams are deployed to multiple checkpoint locations, transport to Race HQ may involve intermediate stops on route for further (potentially lengthy) periods of time before heading to Race HQ.

GB Ultras also reserve the right to pull any participant out of the race on health grounds.

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The Route

Skye Trail Ultra is a 75-mile ultra-marathon following the unmarked, wild – Skye Trail. The race starts at Duntulm on the northern end of the Isle of Skye on the coast with Duntulm Castle ruins in the background. 

 

A 75 mile race GPX file is available above, please note that the Skye Trail route may vary subject to diversions, landowner requests and low level routes being actioned.

A low level alternative will be actioned by the Event team in high winds or if there is a severe weather forecast – the low level route avoids  the coastal route to Elgol. 

The low level route may be actioned before or during the event. If actioned during the event; the CP team at Sligachan Campsite and the marshal at Camasunary Bay will update each participant on their approach. (Please note – the low level route increases the distance of the event to 78 miles.)

Ready for the Challenge?

Entry to the Skye Trail Ultra is by application only. Please submit your application HERE

2025 Skye Training Runs

Unavailable for 2024.  2025 TBC.  2025 Coming Soon

In the lead up to the 2025 Race, GB Ultras Running Club organise training runs covering sections of the Skye Trail to help build confidence and prepare runners for the upcoming Race. You’ll also have the chance to meet other runners taking on the Race.

Training runs are provided for a cost of £29.99 for 1 day or £59.99 for both days. Included is –

  • Fully guided recce run
  • Mandatory kit advice
  • Exclusive group messenger chat for recce and race prep
  • Limited edition buff
  • Meet the team
  • Gain trail experience and knowledge

Pace wise we’ll be going at a nice gentle pace ensuring all runners stay as a group with brief stops approximately every couple of miles.
Generally our training runs have high attendance and for safety reasons we’ll be imposing a limit depending on feedback. 

Please take into account weather conditions closer to the time. We recommend runners refer to the Mandatory kit section and carry sufficient food/water for the duration of each of the runs.

Section Covered & Distance

Duntulm to Old Man of Storr – 20 Miles

Starting point

8:00am Duntulm.

Finish point

Old Man of Storr

Car Sharing

Required.

Section Covered & Distance

Portree to Elgol – 23 Miles

Starting point

8:00am Portree

Finish point

Elgol Village Hall

Car Sharing

Required

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