The Kintyre Way announce an all-new Ultra race event for 2017

9th September 2016

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The Kintyre Way Ultra Marathon is being expanded and relaunched for 2017 to include a 73 mile cycle race, new sponsors and a host of event improvements.

The Kintyre Way Ultra, which first ran in 2006, has grown in popularity year-on-year.  May 2016 saw 80 individual runners and 16 relay teams taking part in the gruelling 35 mile marathon which includes a 1300 metre ascent over three stages, set against the idyllic backdrop of the Kintyre peninsula.

Ahead of this year’s race, a small group of cyclists took part in a pilot of a new, much longer cycle event.  Subsequently, professional athletes and sports journalists have also reviewed the routes – with their feedback not only leading to the launch of a 73 mile cycle race but the identification of new sponsors, and help re-designing the event to cater for what will now become a much larger and technically demanding event.

The new cycle race begins at Corranbuie, South of Tarbert, and ends at a new finishing point in Campbeltown which will be set up to cater for both runners and cyclists.  Dubbed the ‘Ultra village’, this will provide food, drink, music, sports massage, workshops, activities, and a kids fun area; catering for runners, riders, their bikes and families.

Improved facilities will also enable the event to expand, with up to 200 able to take part in the marathon / relay race, and up to 100 taking part in the cycle race.

Said Sean Macfarlane, the Ironman Triathlete who has been instrumental in the process: ”It’s fantastic to be involved in the re-launch of the Kintyre Way Ultra and the addition of the cycle element to the event.  The hope is that it will bring economic benefit to the local community and be a fantastic advert for the Kintyre Way and the Kintyre peninsula as a whole”

The 2017 event will consist of a 35 mile Ultra marathon, 35 mile relay race and 73 mile cycle race.  It will take part on Saturday 6th May 2017.

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Note to editors:

The Kintyre Way first opened in 2006 after many years of planning and discussions with the Forestry Commission and local landowners.  Originally 87 miles long, it was recently extended to its present-day 100 mile route in 2014.  A registered charity, The Kintyre Way is supported by a large membership which includes many local individuals and businesses.  Over 3,500 people used the trail in 2015, bringing valuable tourism into the Kintyre peninsula.

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