The Glencoe Marathon Gathering

The Glencoe Marathon Gathering is a choice of three routes set in the stunning North West of Scotland so whether you want to explore the foothills of Ben Nevis or journey through an ancient route to the heart of Glencoe there is something for you. Whichever route you pick you’ll be rewarded at every turn with some of the most stunning and dramatic views in the Scottish Highlands. The event will take place on Sunday 4th September 2022, with Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k routes. This dramatic event is not your average marathon, half marathon or 10k, so escape to the wilds and test yourself to the limit.

EVENT LOCATION

The Marathon and 10k will start at the Lochaber Leisure Centre, Fort William. The Half Marathon starts at the Ice Factor, Kinlochleven. The Marathon and Half Marathon finish at the Glencoe Mountain Resort. The 10k is a circular route and finishes at the Lochaber Leisure Centre.

EVENT TIMINGS AND EQUIPMENT

Full Marathon: There will be a rolling start between 8am and 9am

Half Marathon: There will be a rolling start between 9am and 10am

Ronald McDonald House Glasgow 10k will start at 10am. 

We recommend you bring the following equipment when taking part in this event: 

FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS

There is a café at the Ice Factor, the start of the Half Marathon and also a café at the finish at the Glencoe Mountain Resort. Feed stations are marked on the route maps where we will provide you with water and drinks and a small variety of snacks. We also recommend that you bring your own snacks/gels to keep you going along the route. Please be aware that if you have any allergies or special preferences you may wish to bring some extra supplies with you to make sure you can always re-fuel. You must bring your own water container.

REGISTRATION FEE

The Marathon £60, the Half Marathon £50, the Ronald McDonald House Glasgow 10k £25

Registration must be made on-line and in advance. 

FUNDRAISING

If you are considering supporting a charity through your run do let us know. We have partnered with Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Cure Parkinsons, but you can support a charity of your choice. The 10k is raising funds for The Ronald McDonald House Glasgow.

WHO CAN TAKE PART?

Participants must be 18 years or over. The Marathon and Half Marathon are running events and are not suitable for walkers. The 10k event is open to walkers as well as runners.

FAQ

How can I get to the start?

For the Marathon and 10k, you can park in Fort William or get someone to drop you off. There are also good bus and train connections. The Half Marathon starts in Kinlochleven and you can park there or get an Event Bus from Fort William or the Glencoe Mountain Resort.

How can I get back from the finish?

The Marathon and Half Marathon finish at the Glencoe Mountain Resort. You can get someone to pick you up from there, or book an Event Bus to get you back to Kinlochleven or Fort William.

How do I book an Event Bus?

Look for the additional merchandise purchases when you register. If you have registered already, just log back into Active and look in the additional merchandise section.

Do we have to raise funds for charity?

To take part in the 10k, we ask you to raise £200 minimum for Ronald McDonald House, Glasgow. For the Marathon and Half Marathon fundraising is optional and you can select a charity of your choice. Follow the links to find out more about our charity partners.

Can we register on the day?

No you will need to register on line prior to the event. Check-In is the day before, at the Nevis Centre, Fort William, from 11am to 8pm. If you’re doing the Half Marathon or 10k you have the choice to check-in on Saturday or on Sunday morning before you start. Please arrive in good time.

Do I have to check in the day before?

Yes, if you are doing the Marathon. However, extenuating circumstances can be considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact WildFox Events to discuss.

Can I volunteer at the event?

Extra volunteer staff are always welcome. Please contact WildFox Events as soon as possible.

Do I need to train for the event?

Yes. Especially if you are attempting The Marathon or Half Marathon. The routes include many challenging sections and we recommend you build up your training and increase your distances as the event date approaches.

If I can’t take part can one of my friends take my place?

Yes but only if you contact WildFox Events at least two weeks prior to the event.

Will there be a timing system?

Yes, there will be a timing system primarily for safety reasons. Details will be provided when you check in at the event. It is not a tracking system.

Will there be cut offs along the route?

Yes. You will be informed of these along the route in order to have all participants back at the hub by 6:00pm on Sunday evening.

What is included in my registration fee?

All marshal/hill safety support and signage along the route, refreshments at our feed stations along the route and the timing system. You will also receive a finishers medal. Hot drinks and snacks will be available at the start.

Can I bring a dog?

For the 10K yes, but it must remain on lead due to sheep, birds and other wildlife. If you are thinking of taking part in the Marathon or Half Marathon with your dog, please contact us before you register.

Can my entry fee be refunded if I am unable to take part on the day?

Your entry fee is non-refundable. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your options and refer to the Event Regulations.

Can my friends and family support me on the route?

For the 10k the best location for family and friends to see you is at the start/finish or at the Braveheart car park in Glen Nevis. For the Marathon and Half Marathon the only safe places to support runners are from the Lochaber Leisure Centre (Marathon start), the Ice Factor, Kinlochleven (Marathon half way point and Half Marathon start), and the Glencoe Mountain Resort (finish).