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Event Information

A Big Welcome to the 2014 Hoka Highland Fling!

 

The Hoka Highland Fling Ultramarathon is a 53 mile trail race along the famous West Highland Way Trail, starting in Milngavie (close to Glasgow) and finishing in the scenic Highland village of Tyndrum. The route is almost entirely on trails with mixed terrain and the scenery stunning.  The day finishes with free beer & homemade soup, followed by a traditional Scottish Ceilidh Party in Tyndrum.

 

The “Fling Experience” includes:

 

•    A 53 mile trail run through the scenic Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park to the Scottish Highland village of Tyndrum

•    Free post race beer, hot soup & massage

•    Goodie bag (including bottle of sparking wine, medal, Falke running socks & more)

•    Free technical T-shirt

•    Post-race Traditional Scottish Ceilidh in Tyndrum (£5 extra)

 

Entry is £30 / £32 (without Scottish Athletics Membership)

 

The Event is designed to be run unsupported so no vehicle/personnel support is required. Please DO NOT bring car backup due to traffic congestion problems and the fact that much of the route is inaccessible by car. Drop bags are transported to various points in the race by the organisers.  Buses may be booked at the time of entry for return to Glasgow.

 

IF YOU REALLY MUST BRING VEHICLE SUPPORT PLEASE PAY THE £10 VEHICLE FEE WHEN ENTERING. (This fee goes towards our increasing traffic management costs, which are required to minimise the congestion caused of event vehicles, and thus help to ensure the longevity of the event).  We suggest that if you want to bring support, ask them to be part of the “Fling Race Day Team” and be an integral part of the event.

 

 2014 Race Details

 

•    Race Date:  Saturday 26th April 2014

•    6am start for all runners

•    All runners must carry mobile phone

•    All runners must carry emergency foil blanket

•    All runners will wear numbers

•    NO SUPPORT RUNNERS ALLOWED

•    Post-race traditional Ceilidh party  in Tyndrum (only £5)

•    £10 Support Vehicle charge

•    The event uses electronic chip timing.

Event Start: Milngavie G62 8BX (GB grid reference NS 55557 74469)

 

Event Finish: By the Way Hostel & Campsite, Tyndrum,  FK20 8RZ (NN 32801 30192)

 

Relay entries by POST ONLY to John Duncan. Cost: £70 per team + £10 for relay team vehicle parking pass. More details on Highland Fling website (www.highlandflingrace.org)

 

Checkpoints

Water and drop-bags will be available at the following checkpoints;

Milngavie (start) NS 555 744

(1) Balmaha                (after 19.8 miles)  NS 420 909

(2) Rowardennan             (after 27.2 miles) NS 359 986

(3) Inversnaid             (after 34.3 miles) NN 336 088

(4) Bein Glas Farm    (after 40.9 miles) NN 321 186

Tyndrum                                  (finish – after 53 miles) NN 327 301

Water is also available at 12.6 miles (Drymen)

 

Relay Handovers

The relay legs and handover points are;

Milngavie (Start) – 12.6 miles – Drymen NS 481 888

Drymen – 14.6 miles – Rowardennan NS 359 986

Rowardennan – 13.7 miles – Bein Glas Farm NN 321 168

Bein Glas Farm – 12.1 miles – Tyndrum (Finish)

 

Weather Conditions and Maps

Runners are expected to dress according to the prevailing weather conditions, and those unfamiliar with the route should carry a WHW route map.  Thumbnail maps of the start, all the listed checkpoints, relay changeover points and the finish may be viewed here. Maps  I have also prepared some maps of the full route here.

Sweeper Runners and Support Cars

Sweeper runners will remain with the back of the field throughout the race. Support vehicles will be at each checkpoint to transport fatigued or injured runners back to Milngavie or on to Tyndrum. 

Time Limit

The race will close at Tyndrum at 9pm so all runners have 15 hours to complete the race. No  runners will be allowed to continue past Beinglas checkpoint after 5:30 pm.

Race Control and Changing Facilities

The Finish & Race Control will be at the "By The Way" hostel (Tyndrum Lower Station Road). Showers & changing facilities are available.

More info to come………

 

 

For more information, photos, etc, please visit:

 

Facebook Page (for info) by clicking HERE.

Facebook Group (for race chat & fun discussion)  (click HERE)

 

 

History

The following video gives a brief insight into the history of the race.

 

John Kynaston's video of the 2007 race.