Some 50 entrants were lining up today for the start of Skye’s gruelling Trotternish Ridge Race.
Amongst the favourites is local and last year’s winner Donnie Campbell, the new record holder of the tough Highland Fling race and who only recently took 5th place in Mont Blanc’s 80km event and current Scottish 100km champion.
All the runner’s though will be put to the test against the 17 miles route which starts at Flodigarry and finishes at Storr Lochs. In between the competitors will face some of the most rugged running conditions possible.
Last year, such were the conditions with driving rain and storm force winds, that the organisers, Skye and Lochalsh Running Club, had to reduce the course to 12 miles finishing in Glenhinnisdal. However, today heat was likely to be the main issue.
Organiser, Neil Turner said: “This will be the fourth running of the ridge race and the weather has thrown everything at us in the past.”