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A Fantastic Ultra Run Based in the Heart of the Cairngorms National Park

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2022 Date: Saturday 11th June

Entries to Open Friday 15th October 2021

Collect your 2021 UTMB points with the Cairngorms Ultra. Details below.

               A Unique Ultra Trail Race Based in the UK's Largest National Park

 

                         Surrounded by Spectacular Highland Scenery

 

              A Circular Route of the Wide Open Spaces of the Ben Avon Plateau

            Experience this Wild & Remote Area with Support from a Great Event Team

Check out our course videos highlighting this fantastic route...

The Cairngorms National Park, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, is the largest national park in the UK & an area of outstanding natural beauty. Surrounded by the remnants of ancient pine forests, rolling glens, wild rivers and rugged peaks, the Cairnngorms offer one of the wildest and most remote landscapes in the UK.

The event is to be based from the spectacular setting of Mar Lodge, three miles to the west of Braemar. Known as the eastern gateway to the Cairngorms National Park, Braemar is one of Scotland's highest villages sitting at an altitude of 339 metres. With an excellent choice of terrain the area is superb for ultra running with many well maintained trails, tracks and paths leading you into the heart of the mountains.

The Cairngorms Ultra Trail takes you on a journey through this wild & majestic landscape

and into the heart of one of Britains real wilderness areas.....

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 Date:   Saturday 11th June 2022       Distance:  62km                 Ascent: 1146m/3760'   Start Time (TBC):    0800-0830   


Event Venue:  Mar Lodge, Mar Lodge Estate, Braemar, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5YJ.

The event start & finish will be located here.

Entry Fees: £60 (+ 6% online booking fee)
    Entries: As this a conservation area entries will be limited. Minimum entry age 18 years old.


Registration: This will be based from Mar Lodge. Numbers will be issued at registration.

Registration will be available both Friday (4-7pm approx) & Saturday. Times TBC

If the event is cancelled due to Covid regulations, participants will be offered either:

  -A full refund minus the 6% online entry fee
  -Automatic transfer to 2022
  -Transfer your entry to another selected High Terrain event of similar value. This can be in either 2021 or 2022.

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What's Included in Your Entry:

  • All event organisation

  • Safety team cover during the race including qualified & experienced personnel at various checkpoints

  • Qualified medical support

  • A stunning event venue

  • Online Registration

  • Unique Eco Wooden finishers medal, customised race number

  • Route gpx download

  • Two hydration & feed stations on the course

  • Drop Bag Shuttle

  • Drinks & Refreshments at finish

  • Free event parking, toilets.

  • UTMB Points

For refunds, deferrals and cancellation policies please consult our T&Cs page

Participant Feedback

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Thank you for an outstanding day in a beautiful place! You all make the best days happen, huge thanks to the awesome marshall team!
Jenni RJ

My first ever ultra and LOVED IT! Still buzzing
Eleanor El

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What an awesome route and scenery. Brilliantly organised by High Terrain Events.
Thank you everyone🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏃‍♀️🐾
Julie Graham

What a venue and fantastic course. Thanks for putting it on
Gary Wolstencroft


 

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Totally echo what Jeni Rees-Jenkins says. Lovely marshals and support around the route, an amazing setting to base it Thank you 😀
Frances Britain

Terrain: Following the old drove roads and passes between some of the highest peaks in Britain, the wild heart of the National Park can be experienced without trekking over major summits. The highest point of the course will be at Lairig an Laoigh (‘The Pass of the Calves’), at 745m (2444 feet).

 

Although the route features 1146m (3760 feet) of ascent, there are no major climbs or descents.

Saving a few sections on minor roads at the start & finish, the route is fully off road. The majority of the route generally follows well defined paths and tracks, making it suitable for those more comfortable with non-technical terrain.

Participants should be prepared, though, to cross several burns, in particular the 'Fords of Avon' (see below for additional details). The approach section to/from here, then to Faindouran Bothy is on a rougher path that is boggy/rocky in places.

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Course: Starting & finishing at Mar Lodge this is a circular route right in the heart of the Cairngorms. The route provides some stunning, remote, mountainous scenery...This will be a unique experience in a wild massif.....

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Route Highlights:

  • Glen Lui to Derry Lodge

  • Glen Derry

  • Fords of Avon

  • Glen Avon

  • Loch Builg

  • Invercauld Forest

  • Linn of Quoich

  • Dee Valley

Checkpoints:

 

  • Derry Lodge

  • Fords of Avon Refuge

  • Track at Faindouran Bothy

  • Linn of Avon Path Junction

  • Loch Builg South East Corner

  • Invercauld Forest

Aid Stations:   Loch Builg South East Corner (41k) & Invercauld Forest (53k)

Click on the map to view a detailed & interactive version illustrating the elevation profile & distance markers.

Time Limits:  12:30hrs for the full event (Based on 5km/hr (3.1mph) approx.). There will also be intermediate cut off times at various locations (Details below).

Total Ascent: 1146m/3760' (Recorded with Suunto Ambit Peak).

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Route Stats:

Nature of Terrain                       km        %

Singletrack Trail:                        20        33 

                                                          
Off Road ATV Tracks/

Forest Roads:                             38.5     62                                                                 

Minor Roads:                                    3.5       5                                                                  

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Kit Requirements

It is important that you are prepared & equipped for weather conditions for the time of year.

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Check Point Information

For checkpoint information & time limits

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Course GPX Download

Course GPX file is available to download.

Entry Requirements: This will be an awesome challenge in one of the most wild & remote areas of the UK. You do not have to be super fast or an elite athlete to enter, although some ultra running experience will be required.

Navigation & Waymarking: Mar Lodge Estate is recognised as one of the most important nature conservation landscapes in the British Isles. Due to the environmentally sensitive area the majority of the route is not waymarked. Although the route follows well defined trails, some navigational skills will be required. Navigational devices (GPS units, watches, smartphone, etc.) are permitted & a route GPX file is available to download. If you are unfamiliar with the area it is recommended that you use such a device to assist with navigation. All that we ask is that you are competent with your navigational skills in the advent of the device failing, ie due to low battery.


In addition, safety marshals will be located at various key points on the course (see CP locations) to assist you with following the correct route.

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Aid Stations:  There will be two aid stations located at the following control point locations:

  • Loch Builg (41k) 

  • Invercauld Forest (53k)

 

Please be aware that the first aid station is not until 41km.

Self Sufficiency:You must ensure that you are carrying sufficient food and water supplies to be partially self-sufficient on the course.

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Alternative Route: Please be aware that the river crossing at the Fords of Avon may be impassable due to high water levels. An alternative route will be put in place if water levels are too high for a safe crossing.

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Crossing the Fords of Avon

Route Highlights & Course Overview: Coming Soon...

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Caledonian Pine

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Glen Builg

Looking Across to Loch Builg

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ATV  Track through Glen Avon

Climbing Lairlg an Laoigh section

Singletrack through Glen Derry

Facilities: Locally based, Glenshee Catering will be providing quality food & drinks at the event (including breakfast). Vegetarian and Gluten free options available.

They are also offering participants a special meal deal (pre book) of a main course, beverage hot/cold, tray bake or slice of cake. If you would like to pre book your post race meal, there is an option to include a food ticket on your entry fee.

Event Camping: We are pleased to confirm that camping is available at the race venue on the Friday and Saturday nights. This is a very cost effective way re accommodation & based at the venue no additional travel is involved. Cost is £5 (TBC) a tent/camper van per night. Please note this is basic camping in a field, kindly provided by Mar Lodge Estate specifically for the event. Fresh water is available & toilets (portable toilets) are provided. There are no changing, washing up, shower facilities or electric provided. If you would like to book camping at the venue please email: info@highterrainevents.co.uk

If you prefer camping with full facilities Braemar Caravan Park is located in the village.

For further details & how to book here contact Braemar Caravan Park direct:

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If you're looking to collect points for the UTMB then:
UTMB endurance Points:

Mountain points : 2

UTMB 2021 Qualifying Event

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The village of Braemar lies in a spectacular location & has a good range of accommodation options; hotels, guest houses, B&B's campsite.

Visit Braemar

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Mar Lodge, Mar Lodge Estate, Braemar, Aberdeenshire, AB35 5YJ.Mar Lodge Estate is 3 miles west of Braemar.

Event Location

ITRA points are no longer required to access UTMB® Mont-Blanc. A new platform is now set up to allow for races to become UTMB® World Series Qualifiers.

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Track from Invercauld to Mar Lodge

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View to Braemar from Invercauld Forest

A big thank you to Mar Lodge, Invercauld & Ben Avon Estates

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Section desending Bealach Dearg with Lochnagar in the distance