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WATCH: Cape Wrath Ultra runners set off from Fort William on 400km trip through Ross-shire to north-west tip of Sutherland

By John Davidson

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The 2021 Cape Wrath Ultra competitors before the start of day one - photo credit No Limits Photography
The 2021 Cape Wrath Ultra competitors before the start of day one - photo credit No Limits Photography

Almost 100 runners took their first steps on their journey from Fort William to the north-west tip of Britain on Sunday morning as the Cape Wrath Ultra got under way.

Over the next eight days, the ultra-runners will tackle a journey of 400km across varied and often remote, challenging terrain, including through parts of Ross-shire.

From Fort William, participants follow a route that links ancient footpaths and remote tracks to the most north-westerly point of the British mainland, Cape Wrath.

Participants will travel through some of Scotland’s most spectacular landscapes, including Knoydart, Kintail, Torridon, Assynt and Sutherland.

The race is organised by Ourea Events who say it is possible only thanks to the commitment of a team of volunteers who support the runners as they make their way north.

This year’s entry list includes a mixture of leading ultra-runners, former participants and event staff, as well as first-timers, supported by a team of volunteers who will set up a campsite and catering each night along the route.

The Cape Wrath Ultra will finish at the lighthouse on Sunday, August 8.

This year, Ourea Events says it has implemented a series of specific Covid-related measures to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the race.

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