The 2018 Skyrunning World Championships will be held from 13-15 September in Kinlochleven in the Scottish Highlands.
Three skyrunning disciplines will be disputed: VERTICAL, SKY and ULTRA with twenty-seven medals at stake.
The races are open to both individuals and national teams. Individual world titles and medals will be awarded in each discipline as well as a combined title based on the best results of the Vertical and Sky races.
Date: September 13, 2018
Distance: 5 km
Vertical climb: 1,000m
Highest point: 1,056m
Race records: Stian Angermund 42’04” (2017); Laura Orgué 52’22” (2017)
An incredible leg burning and lung-busting ascent from sea level to the Munro summit, it fits the International Skyrunning Federation Vertical Kilometer® parameters perfectly with 5 km distance and 1,000m vertical climb. The route climbs up from sea level on good trails initially before breaking out of the tree line and tackling the flanks of Na Gruagaichean direct. This section is steep and rough, before a rocky ridge leads to the 1,056m high Munro summit with panoramic views in all directions.
Participants set off at timed intervals with the winner having the fastest overall time to the summit.
Date: September 14, 2018
Distance: ±65 km
Vertical climb: ±4,300m
Highest point: 1,345m
Records: new course
The Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra will feature a specially designed course to fit the new skyrunning criteria with a cut off time of 16 hours. The race will incorporate some of the best elements of the previous route which summits Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis where the world’s first mountain running race took place in 1895. Subject to spring testing the new Ultra will be ±65km, with ±4,300m vertical climb.
Date: September 15, 2018
Distance: 29 km
Vertical climb: 2,500m
Highest point: 1,099m
Race records: Stian Angermund 3h24’51” (2017), Laura Orgué 4h05’12” (2017)
The Salomon Ring of Steall SkyRace incorporates two lofty ridges within the Mamores mountain range, including the Devil’s Ridge, which provides a thrilling and airy traverse with Glen Nevis visible ahead and as a yawning drop far below, and Ben Nevis beyond and towering above. The route features uncompromising mountain running, including easy scrambling, steep ascents, traverses and descents on technical and challenging terrain.
WADA anti-doping tests will be carried out.