Media Release: The Scottish hills are alive with the sound of a half marathon

SCOTLAND’S newest off-road run, for all levels of evolution, to set the heather alight in Lochaber.

The stunning trails of the Nevis Range near Fort William will play host to Scotland’s newest half marathon on Sunday 16 May 2010.

The Outdoor Capital Trail Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run are ideal for both trail running beginners or experienced ‘mountain goats’ keen to take in the incredible sights of the Great Glen, the Grey Corries and Ben Nevis, as the route winds through the iconic Leanachan Forest.

Organised by outdoor events experts No Fuss Events, this unique running experience will be the first chance trail runners will have to test themselves on world-famous mountain biking trails used during the Mountain Bike World Cup, World Championships and the Benromach Ten Under The Ben.

The race course will consist off a figure of eight loop utilising forestry roads and cycling and walking tracks around the Nevis Range complex, including sections of the world famous Witch’s Trail and a disused narrow gauge railway track.

Starting from Nevis Range, the 21.1 kilometre course will be run on stages of the new Cour Trail that winds its way towards Spean Bridge offering stunning views of the Grey Corries and the Great Glen throughout.

Chloe Patterson of No Fuss Events, is thrilled to be able to make such a unique event happen saying: “This is our first trail half marathon event and it’s a pleasure to introduce runners to the world of No Fuss style events. The emphasis is on a fun with friendly atmosphere for runners of all abilities. The Nevis Range is a setting we know better than anyone so entrants can expect a challenging course of stunning beauty and a warm welcome at the finish!”

The race takes place the day after the No Fuss flagship mountain biking event, Benromach 10 Under The Ben, so the hills really will be alive with the sound of music and mountain bikers who are still keen to run off some energy and keen to take part in an event without the aid of wheels.

Runners can register their £20 race fee online at . Pre race registration will take place between 17:00 and 19:00 on Saturday evening and from 07:00 at the saddlespan in the Nevis Range HQ on the Sunday morning. The Outdoor Capital Trail Half Marathon starts at 12:00.

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Media Contact:
Paddy Cuthbert at Podge Publicity on or call 07968 869 636.

Notes to Editors:

No Fuss Events:
Outdoor event specialists, No Fuss Events (Fort William), have a 2010 programme of challenging open events combining the most breathtaking scenery in Scotland with energy sapping and heart pumping endurance in a fun and friendly environment – from trail running to cross country and downhill endurance mountain biking to the toughest triathlons and the world’s craziest water sport.

Though the renowned old favourites like the Benromach Three Tens Series, Relentless 24, the Hope Endurance Downhill and the Big Ben Nevis Triathlon all remain firmly on the fixture list, No Fuss are introducing three exciting new events to the 2010 calendar:

* The Trail Half Marathon, Scotland’s newest off-road run on some of the most scenic trails in the heart of Fort William and Lochaber – The Outdoor Capital of the UK;
* The Tour De Ben Nevis (sponsored by Orange Mountain Bikes), a no frills, 61km point to point mountain bike stage race that  circumnavigates Ben Nevis, taking in some of the most rugged and isolated terrain in the Highlands;
* The Highland Warrior (70 .3) Triathlon, neither half Ironman nor middle distance triathlon, this is a full on tough race that will push even the toughest of the longer distance triathletes to the limit.

The No Fuss 2010 Event programme includes:
13 and 14 March – The Wee Triathlon, Fort William – due to popular demand the same event is offered on two days
The Benromach Three Tens Series – The epic 10 under the Ben (15 May) is again joined by 10 at Kirroughtree (10 July) and 10 More in Moray (21 August) as the much loved cross country mountain bike endurance series grows in stature
16 May – The Trail Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run
17 July – Glen Nevis River Race, Fort William – A wet and wild waterfall jumping, rapid rafting swim and scramble
24 July – The Hope Endurance Downhill, Fort William  – What goes up must come down… again and again.
11 September – The Big Ben Nevis and the Half Big Ben Nevis Triathlon – Some say this is the toughest off road triathlon on the UK circuit; we couldn’t possibly comment!
11 September  – The Tour De Ben Nevis
12 September – The Highland Warrior Triathlon
09 and 10 October – Relentless 24 – A day-long cross country mountain biking marathon

With an extended programme of eleven active sports events across the length and breadth of Scotland No Fuss are encouraging participation from first timers, families, work colleagues, weekend warriors and elite athletes. No Fuss Events do exactly what it says on the tin – great events with a fun and friendly atmosphere that encourage participants of all ages and abilities to sign up year after year. With Over 60 per cent of athletes who attended events in 2009 re-booking from previous years, there is a clear indication that customer satisfaction is extremely high and events are interesting, challenging and fulfilling enough to warrant a return.

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