Roll On 2020

Saturday 9th of May will be the big day in 2020, when we look forward to welcoming you back to the Kintyre Way.

The 2019 route from Tayinloan to Tarbert proved very popular and we’re repeating it for 2020 with a useful improvement – the 4km from Claonaig to Skipness will now be off-road, along a track with marvellous views over to Arran and the Firth of Clyde. The GPX route has been updated accordingly.

We’ll be Watching You…
We are very excited to be introducing GPS trackers in 2020. This is becoming very popular in the ultra and mountain running world, both as a safety feature and for its entertainment value. Communications in Kintyre are notoriously difficult and this will be a great help to everyone. The tracker is a wee device about the size of a small mobile phone and it means that volunteers at checkpoints and race HQ will know where you are 99% of the time. – very helpful should you fail to be recorded, for whatever reason, at a checkpoint. It also means that friends and supporters [family at home] will be able to follow you in real time on the map, encouraging you up the hills and cheering you along the final run-in. And should anyone require medical assistance, we will be able to pinpoint your position precisely.

As previously, a bus will run from Tarbert to the start at Tayinloan, picking up en route. You can book and pay when entering.

Start time 08:30, max. 10 hours 
Check-in at Tayinloan   07:00 to 08:15.
Bus to leave Tarbert at 07:00

It’s worth mentioning that this will be a Bank Holiday weekend, with the Bank Holiday on the Friday. You might like to think about your accommodation requirements sooner rather than later.

What’s Included?
Drop bags will be taken from Tayinloan to checkpoints at Clachan and Skipness and finish bags will be taken to the Finish. Refreshments will be offered at checkpoints and at the Finish so please mention any dietary requirements. There will also be a team of massage therapists ready to soothe your aches away (no charge).

Costs will be:
Ultra £45 up to 31 March, then £50 up to 21 April (closing date)
Relay £39 per person up to 31 March, then £44 up to 21 April
SAL reduction £2
Bus option £5

Here’s your entry link.

Further details will be announced as things fall into place so keep an eye out for the latest posts and chat on Facebook.

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That Was 2019 That Was

Many congratulations to the 114 finishers (and three sweepers, especially Richard who just couldn’t stop and completed the whole lot in the end).

First of all, we are indebted to our sponsors Kilkerran Single Malt, Kintyre Gin, Loch Fyne Whiskies and Fyne Ales for prizes and this year to SSE who not only provided financial sponsorship but a great set of willing helpers. Without them there would either have been no prizes, no food or else the entry fee would have been significantly higher.

This was a new course, so the race winners are also record holders and given that we will only be running this course every three years, you could hold the record for many years to come!

We were delighted that the weather played its part in showcasing our beautiful Kintyre scenery – not sure who to thank for that – and it’s clear that for the majority of you, the experience wasn’t just about racing but about loving being out there in wild and beautiful places.

We were fortunate that Raymond Hosie was able to reschedule things to come along and take some stunning photographs. There’s an album here and if you would like copies, he’ll be happy to help.

There were many comments about our helpful, efficient, understanding team, who looked after you in all sorts of ways, from keeping you on track, recording your arrivals, the massage at the Finish, the food all day etc. etc.

And lastly, but never leastly, there’s YOU. Thank you all for coming, thank you for running, jogging, walking, leaping, laughing and smiling all the way from Tayinloan to Tarbert this year.

Here are the final results, courtesy of Keep it Simple Timing.

Ultra.

Male Ultra
1 Paul Monaghan 04:21:54
2 Duncan Steen 04:23:39
3 Willy Mamy 04:37:48

Female Ultra
1 Elaine Somerville 05:21:29
2 Katharine Sims 05:32:57
3 Elly Gaunt 05:51:18

Relay
1  Seagreen Supersonics   04:52:10
(Martha Lovatt, Bruce Henry and Mark Timmons)
2 The SSE Seconds 05:11:24
(Michael Blair, Craig Cunningham and Derek Belford)
3 Thompson Twins 05:28:00
( Mary-jo Coffield ,  Ferg Sim ,  Juliet Loudon )

Oh and make sure you like our facebook page so that you don’t miss out when we announce next year’s event.

And here’s a link to a video made by Jon Shatford https://youtu.be/LwM-tw2Cj4U

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Ready for 2019?

We’re very excited to announce 2019 as the beginning of a new phase in the Kintyre Ultra.

The whole Kintyre Way was extended three years ago to be  100 miles long, but until now, we have ignored the most recent addition down south. That’s going to change.  In future, the race will circulate between  Tayinloan to Tarbert, Tayinloan to Campbeltown and Machrihanish to Campbeltown. Thus you will be able to run the entire Kintyre Way over 3 years!

For 2019, you’ll be running the shortest section of 33 miles from Tayinloan to Tarbert.

As previously announced, the date will be Saturday 11th May, giving us the use of the large marquees at Tarbert Harbour.  This date isn’t a bank holiday so we hope that accommodation will be easier to find and are also looking into budget priced floor space.

A bus will run from Tarbert to the start at Tayinloan, picking up en route. You can book and pay when entering. By the time you finish, public transport will be functioning.

Start time 08:30, max. 10 hours 
Check-in at Tayinloan   07:00 to 08:15.
Bus to leave Tarbert at 07:00

Entries open 1st November.

Costs the same as last year:

Ultra £39 up to 31 March, then 
£44 up to 21 April (closing date)
Relay £36 per person up to 31 March, then 
£41 up to 21 April
SAL reduction £2
Bus option £4

Further details will be announced as things fall into place so keep an eye out for the latest posts and chat on Facebook.

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Spring Has Sprung? Are You Springing to Kintyre in 5 Weeks?

Spring has Sprung! The clocks have gone forward  and we’re counting the days until we welcome you to Kintyre. This weekend we cycled most of the CycloSportive route and the track from Tayinloan onwards is in great condition with very little or no resistance to the MTB tyres.

Alex Samborek, who marshalled last year at the Lussa water stop, joined us for the ride. This was our first proper off road ride since last year and to be honest it was great – the route, weather, bikes and fitness, even despite limited training over the winter.

Alex managed the route well on the Giant MTB as a first timer and this was a good measuring stick for prospective CycloSportive riders. If you are thinking of riding the CycloSportive get out and do what you are comfortable with, you don’t need to climb mountains, just start getting yourself comfortable on the bike and build up from there now that the light nights are here.

If you are thinking of doing the 73 mile Cycle Race then by now you should have some miles in some form under your belt to ensure a comfortable race. If you haven’t, there is time yet so get on it!

Standard entries close on the 31st of March so save yourself some cash and get your entry in this week.

Next planned recce will be from the start of the 73 mile Cycle Race to Clachan which is pencilled in for the 15th of April. Let me know if you’re interested. This is also the day that the entries will close so don’t wait to read that blog before deciding if you are riding!

Kintyre will be busy the weekend of the event as the Kintyre Song Writers Festival is also on – great if you fancy a few tunes on the Saturday night but not so handy when looking for accommodation. If you are struggling then get in touch as we will only be too happy to help.

Ultra and relay runners don’t worry – I haven’t forgotten about you and we look forward to seeing a great line up of over 100 runners. From a running perspective, the route is also looking great. We’ll have some running blogs soon as our local Ultra runner and blogger MRS SMMF will share some of her tips for the route.

Meanwhile, Enter it, Train for it, love it!

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