Important message from race organisers Dunoon Presents:
“Thanks to all the ultra runners who contacted us to say how disappointed they were to have missed out on a place in this year’s sell out Dunoon Ultra Marathon on Sat 7th October – we listened and with one month to go until the big day…. we have released a VERY LIMITED number of EXTRA PLACES! These places are available for solo runners, not in the relay.
We know these will sell out so you will need to be quick!
Register now at: Race Space ”
It’s time to get the racing highlight of 2017 entered on your calendar – the Dunoon 55K Ultramarathon and Relay! The date has been set for Saturday 7 October 2017. Full details can be found here.
The big day has come and gone with the completion of the inaugural 55K Dunoon Ultramarathon (also known as the “Wee Eck”) on Saturday 8 October 2016. By all accounts, it was a tremendous success! Dunoon Presents and Dunoon Hill Runners have been inundated with highly positive feedback about all aspects of the day – from trail-marking to marshaling to checkpoints to winners’ mementoes and goody bags … and even the weather co-operated!
Here is one well-known Scottish ultra runner’s race report – Fiona Rennie’s “Dunoon ‘Wee Eck’ Ultra”, with a small extract here:
“For an inaugural race there is always a possibility of some wee teething problems but if there were any I was not aware of them, a class event from start to finish, complimentary breakfast at both registration and race start, enthusiastic friendly helpers and marshals throughout, a stunningly beautiful well marked route, great reception at the finish …”
Photos from the day can be found at:
Alan G Forsyth Photography – Dunoon Hill Runners photographer
– First album – The Start
– Second album – Ardentinny Road
– Third album – Benmore/Loch Eck
– Fourth album – The Finish, Dunoon Pier
Ken Clark Photography – Dunoon Presents photographer
– First album
– Second album
– Third album
– Fourth album
A date has already been set for next year – mark your calendars for Sat 7 October 2017! Watch this space for more details.
Race information and FAQs for the Dunoon 50K “Wee Eck” Ultramarathon on 8 October 2016 can be found here [PDF]
The Dunoon Ultra Marathon just got even better! The option of the Dunoon Ultra Marathon Relay for teams has been added. Same date, same route, but you get to do it in teams of three with three spectacular legs. 8th October. Find out more here.
View of Loch Eck from Wee Eck Ultra trail
Dunoon Hill Runners are delighted to support Dunoon Presents in the introduction of the “Wee Eck” Ultra Marathon to be held on 8 October 2016, possibly the most scenic ultra in Scotland, and in our very own back yard!
Entry is now open at Entrycentral.com.
The Dunoon/Loch Eck 50k Ultra Marathon will start from the famous RBGE Benmore Botanic Gardens and will take you through some of the area’s top beauty spots. Climb up the gorge path through magical Pucks Glen and then race along the forestry trail and climb high above Loch Eck. You’ll be treated to fantastic views north and south of the loch, particularly as you reach the highest section of the run 600m above sea level. Descend through Glenbranter Forest and return south on the west side of Loch Eck. Then it’s back to Dunoon through the forest trails and natural woodland of Bishop’s Glen. This last mile stretches north alongside the beach giving you beautiful views of the hills above Wemyss Bay, Inverkip and Gourock. Don’t be tempted to cool off in the water! The finish at the iconic Dunoon Pier is just a sprint away.
Entry is £33 (early bird discount is £23 for the first 100 entrants, £33 for 101-200). This includes:
- Tea, coffee and fresh croissants at registration
- Coach transfer to Benmore Gardens (15 minutes)
- Changing facilities
- Full event support including electronic chip timing, check points, drop bags and food/water stations, full first aid back up and at the finish, a fantastic “Ultra cool” goodie bag as a memento of a great day, full of high quality gifts.
Registration for the Dunoon Ultra will be at the Dunoon Pier at:
1900 hrs – 2000 hrs on Friday 7th October at Dunoon Pier
0800 hrs – 0930 hrs on Saturday 8th October at Dunoon
Facebook public group page.