Littlehouse Media

Coast to Coast – run, bike ride and kayak 105 miles across Scotland

Coast to Coast isn’t your usual challenge, this is mutli-sport adventure at it’s finest

 

Entries are still open for Coast to Coast 2018, Rat Race Adventure Sports‘ hugely popular adventure challenge, staged in the Highlands of Scotland on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September 2018. 2000 athletes will run, bike and kayak 105 miles on a point to point, East to West journey along the Great Glen from Nairn Links (IV12 4NQ) to The Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish (PH49 4HL), one of the most beautiful, mysterious and varied landscapes in the World.

 

 

Coast to Coast is a fully supported and way-marked multisport adventure challenge, a wild endurance event in unforgiving terrain. The route, which includes a total ascent of 10,840 feet, takes in stunning lochs, brooding glens, enchanting forests, rugged mountains and the most fantastic views imaginable. It also features many evocative landmarks and locations that are steeped in generations of history, folklore and legend. These include Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness, Fort Augustus, The Great Glen, Fort William, Glen Coe and Loch Leven.

 

Since it was first staged in 2007, more than 10,000 intrepid adventurers have taken on this magnificent challenge. As many as 8,000 of those participants have travelled from outwith Scotland, from as far afield as New Zealand, the USA and Europe, to experience the true beauty (and sometimes brutality) of the Highland terrain and its ever changing weather.

 

The athletes, taking part as solos or in pairs, set off from Nairn on the Moray Firth, in waves from as early as 06.45. They start with a seven mile trek / run to Cawdor Castle, followed by a 48 mile road cycle along the edge of Loch Ness and a half mile run (that includes a 500 metre kayak on Loch Ness). They then transition again into a 21 mile off road cycle and a 13.5 mile road cycle through the Great Glen to Fort William, where the bike is replaced by running shoes and they take on a 14 mile trek / trail run to Loch Leven. The adventure challenge finishes at The Isles of Glencoe Hotel in Lochaber with a one-mile flat water kayak.

 

However, the Coast to Coast is definitely not for the faint hearted and participants will need to be prepared physically and mentally with an element of self sufficiency in remote locations. Following the Great Glen from East to West means journeying into the prevailing wind and participants should expect winds that stop them free-wheeling downhill and rain that makes hills too slippy to run on!

 

This epic journey can be taken over two days as a Challenger (an average time of 14 hours) or in just one day as an Expert (an average of 12 hours), a mammoth undertaking! Most athletes take on the mighty Coast to Coast over two days where the brave weekend warriors can break things up with an overnight camp at Fort Augustus. With a good rest, refuel and recharge it makes the race makes it more achievable and allows participants to enjoy a cracking weekend out with friends, relations and work colleagues.

 

Coast to Coast is also ideal for spectators and supporters, having plenty of highlighted spots the entire length of the route to both view the action and refuel and cheer on the brave. This year organisers will be replacing chip timing with live GPS tracking allowing safety teams and armchair supporters to monitor participant progress live.

 

When it comes to adventure tourism Rat Race Adventure Sports (registered in Scotland in 2004), provider of the largest selection of mass participation multi-sport events and challenges in the UK, have fully embraced Scotland’s potential as a world-class destination for adventure challenges, making the very best of its stunning urban and wilderness playgrounds of the highest quality.

 

The enthusiastic and professional team are experts at attracting visitors, from the rest of the UK and all over the world who are desperate to explore the real Scotland, through their ever evolving programme of adrenaline fuelled and achievable adventure challenges that match customer demand with the best of Scotland’s great outdoors. Since they staged their first event, the legendary Edinburgh Rat Race, the UK’s first urban adventure race, in 2004, over 500,000 people have taken part in their Scottish events. 65% of those have been visitors from outwith Scotland. Participant numbers in Scotland have doubled in the last five years with 20,000 entering Scottish events, with at least 75% of those coming from outwith Scotland.

 

Ends

 

Media contact:

For images, interviews, further information or to arrange a route recce contact:

Paddy Cuthbert | Littlehouse Media | E: [email protected]

M: +44 (0)7913 951717

 

For a selection of downloadable Coast to Coast images from 2016 and 2017, go to https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4duy17jhffsz915/AADtBSBgY6MunoO4vzgfczs1a?dl=0. Please credit Rat Race Adventure Sports.

 

Notes to Editors:

 

Rat Race Adventure Sports on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ratraceadventuresports

 

Rat Race Adventure Spots on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/RatRaceHQ

 

For live GPS tracking GPS tacking at events go tohttp://www.ratracetracking.co.uk

 

Rat Race Adventure Sports (http://ratrace.com/) is a successful Scottish registered company, now based in York, yet with roots still firmly set in the City of Edinburgh. The company’s first ever event, The Edinburgh Rat Race, was staged in the city in 2004. It brought adventure racing into an urban environment and gave spectators a fantastic and thrilling event to watch. The company went on to organise a Rat Race Urban Adventure Series of at least 9 Rat Races in the UK and Ireland.

 

Rat Race Adventure Sports now offers the largest selection of mass participation, wilderness adventure challenges in Britain, together with a branded range of its own sporting apparel and an online clothing and equipment store.

 

Their event programme has always been focused on Scotland – urban and wilderness playgrounds of the highest quality. In 2017 Rat Race brought a traditionally wilderness discipline, the ultra run, into an urban environment, making it truly accessible to both runners and spectators.

You Might Also Like

Hot water on tap for Loch Ossian Youth Hostel

Nevis Range to turn back the clock to 1989 to celebrate 30 years of adventure

Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival 2018 – The Long Road To Adventure

Enduro riders, prepare yourselves for a Highland Clan battle!

Hostelling Scotland, a new brand identity unveiled

Mountain Bikers Gear Up for a Fun Day’s Night in Falkirk

300 Dutch adventurers to run, bike and kayak across Scotland

Epic Halloween tale of ‘Ned vs Monster’ in the Outdoor Capital

Fair City Enduro – The UK’s Most Spectacular Mountain Bike Race

Nevis Range and Trek renew commercial partnership for 2019/20

Top award for World renowned Scottish landscape photographer, Colin Prior

Gravelfoyle – Gravel Cycling at the heart of Aberfoyle’s new tourism brand

Media Advisory – 500 runners to tame Edinburgh with the inaugural Ultra Tour

Changing times at Nevis Range Mountain Experience!

Young event assistants invited to join the IRONKIDS Scotland event team

Two Scottish youth hostels celebrate landmark anniversaries

Nevis Range team up with Endura

‘Death Zone’ mountaineer, Nirmal Purja, to headline Fort William Mountain Festival 2020

National Funding Boost for Cream o’ the Croft and The Eliminator

Fort William has all the Mòd cons

Hostelling Scotland opens four summer youth hostels in 2018

Do we hear Muckwedding Belles in Fife?

Huge demand for ultrarunner Jasmin Paris at Fort William Mountain Festival

Chris O’Brien appointed Destination Manager for the Outdoor Capital of the UK

Young people invited to collaborate in Muckin’ good summer festivals

New hydro scheme powers Scottish mountain resort

Edinburgh’s Electric Cycle Company sees 80% rise in Lockdown sales

New massed ultra running tour to challenge Edinburgh’s visitors

The ultimate runners’ sightseeing tour of Edinburgh returns

No Fuss serve up a vindaloo of an off road bike festival

Planning on holidaying at home? Give hostelling a go!

The Falkirk Funduro 2017: mountain biking fun with two capital F’s

Muckin’ good mountain bike events launched for 2016

Media Advisory – UK’s highest Shinty match to promote tourism in Lochaber

Entries open for SKI-AN-DURO, Scotland’s new ski and mountain bike Enduro

Up to 350 riders will take on the Fair City Enduro when it returns to Perth

Nevis Range and Trek renew commercial partnership for 2020/21

Cyclists Get into Gear for Angus Cycling Festival

Jura, the Border Collie, trains to become the first Ski Patrol rescue dog at Nevis Range

SYHA collaborates with Glasgow Caledonian University

People are at the heart of SYHA Hostelling Scotland!

SKI-AN-DURO, a new ski and mountain bike Enduro for Scotland

Margo Paterson appointed as CEO of SYHA Hostelling Scotland

Nevis Range, Scotland’s highest snowsports destination, open for business

Scotland’s mountain bike Enduro World Series qualifier sold out in record time

Enduro World Series Qualifier, Kinlochleven – Race Report

IRONKIDS Scotland – 3,000 kids to take part in global running series

SYHA Hostelling Scotland assist in a Recovery Version

Noel Williams wins 2019 Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture

Start your Highland biking adventure at the new Nevis Range Bike School

No Fuss partnerships lead the way for Scotland’s Enduro

Are you hard enough to take on The Double Stalker?

New Lochaber website aiming high

VisitScotland’s Lord Thurso to deliver The Charles Kennedy Memorial Lecture

Sporting legend Gavin Hastings to inspire Lochaber at Ideas Week 2017

Scottish Climbing Instructor, Tim Miller, wins Youth Mountain Culture Award

Expose yourself the No Fuss way

Tour De Ben Nevis and and Ultra Marathon De Ben Nevis – Race Report

Young ‘Fifers’ invited to collaborate in Eliminator Bike Festival

Route announcement confirmed for HSBC City Ride in Edinburgh

The Cream of Enduro will rise to the top at Comrie Croft

Lochaber’s ‘Connect to Your Adventure’ digital marketing campaign, a huge success

Danny MacAskill launches video, ‘Danny Daycare’. Best ‘uncle’ ever?

Run Scotland on The Ultra Tour of Arran

A new mucky duathlon for the Eliminator Weekender in Fife

Cameron McNeish wins 2018 Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture

Cream O’ The Croft – far more than just a bike festival

OCUK unveil their new branded gondola at Nevis Range

A Mucky Duathlon for the Eliminator Bike Festival in Fife

Inverness Youth Hostel gets a fresh new look

A muckin’ great Audax, perfect for Cream o’ the Croft road cyclists

Youth development key to Edinburgh Central’s 10th Anniversary

Danny MacAskill celebrates Edinburgh anniversary with Fringe debut at Circus Hub

Halloween fancy dress mountain bike Enduro returns to Perth

The Fort William Mountain Festival 2018 – Celebrate the great outdoors

New look Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel, new era of hostelling in the Capital

SYHA opens new summer youth hostel in Edinburgh

No Fuss running events given Compression boost in 2018

Muckin’ good discounts for a muckin’ good 2019 event programme

Glen Nevis Youth Hostel re-opens after major redevelopment project

#myoutdoorcapital – OCUK to put visitors firmly in the frame

The new Pentland Trail Centre – The future for Edinburgh biking

SYHA Hostelling Scotland – building Scottish hostelling for the future

Nevis Range is making it snow all season long!

Lochaber Tourism Summit 2019, a must-attend event for Highland tourism businesses

Scottish Enduro Series confirms POC as headline sponsor for fifth year

SYHA partners with Ayrshire College for valuable volunteer experience

Winner covers 319km at The UK 24hr Mountain Bike Championships

Discover Scotland’s ‘Braw Buildings’ with Hostelling Scotland

Nevis Range moving forward with interim CEO Rod Pashley

No Fuss for Kinlochleven, the UK’s only Enduro World Series Qualifier

Summer Youth Hostel Returns to Glasgow

Dr Liz Cameron, Scotland’s voice of business, to headline women’s networking lunch

Fair City Enduro Confirmed As Scotland’s Only Enduro World Series Qualifier

SYHA appoints Lois Marshall as Youth & Volunteer Engagement Manager

Nevis Range partner with Disability Snowsport UK for Winter 18/19

Young volunteers wanted to run IRONKIDS Scotland running events

Fife farm to be transformed for a family bike and outdoor festival

It’s all about head to head bike racing at Fife’s Eliminator

Fife farmland to host the new Eliminator MTB Weekender Festival

Run Scotland in two days with the new Ultra Tour of Arran

UK’s first Team Enduro event comes to Comrie Croft, Perthshire

Another Muckin’ great line-up of mountain bike events announced for 2017

Keith Legge, CEO of SYHA Hostelling Scotland, steps down after 13 years

Immerse yourself in Lochaber Ideas Week 2019

Muckin’ good festive discounts on Muckmedden 2018 bike events

Nevis Range and Trek announce a partnership for 2018/19

Outdoor Capital Activities and Attractions Expo open for tourism business

Big Biking October – two International bike events for the Outdoor Capital

Business Community Programme launched for Lochaber Ideas Week 2018

Muckin’ good news for two wheeled Early Birds

The Ultra Tour of Arran, a big draw for international adventure tourists

Media Advisory – Images – The Ultra Tour of Edinburgh

POC headline sponsor for Scottish Enduro Series for sixth year

Paul Merton Visits SYHA’s Loch Ossian Hostel – Paul Merton’s Secret Stations

Cream o’ the Croft: three Muckin’ good family festivals rolled into one!

Re-Defining the age of adventure as the EMFF returns in February

Get your adventure challenge on with Project: Explore

‘Connect To Your Adventure!’ – big success in just 7 weeks

Hostelling Scotland to temporarily close Youth Hostel network

Millburn Academy ensures a warm welcome to Inverness Youth Hostel

Lochaber Tourism Day with Cal Mac – Debate, Engage, Network

No Fuss add two International MTB events to 2018 programme

New European partnership to upskill adventure tourism in five countries

IRONKIDS activity programmes promote healthy and active lifestyles – SUN, FUN, RUN!

Lochaber community is pulling together to give Nevis Range a lift after lockdown!

Fort William – the perfect cruise destination

Media Advisory – Cancellation of The Mighty Deerstalker, Saturday 03 March 2018, The Scottish Borders

SYHA’s Glasgow Metro youth hostel awarded 3 stars by VisitScotland

Go Swim Loch Lomond – a new open water event for Scotland

Nevis Range looks forward to reopening in July

Competition Climber, Shauna Coxsey, wins Scottish Youth Ambassador Award

Rob Cochrane wins 2019 Scottish Youth Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture