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. This dramatic event is not your average marathon or half marathon, so escape to the wilds and test yourself to the limit.
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
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.
The Marathon is £60 and for the Half Marathon £50
Registration must be made on-line and in advance.
If you are considering supporting a charity through your run do let us know. You can support a charity of your choice.
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.
How can I get to the start?
For the Marathon 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?
For the Marathon and Half Marathon fundraising is optional and you can select a charity of your choice.
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 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?
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! The Marathon and Half Marathon 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?
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 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).