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Relentless 24

Not for the faint hearted, this 24 hour mountain biking marathon will stretch you to the max. It takes advantage of the amazing, world-class trails at the heart of the Forestry Commission’s Leanachan Forest near Fort William. Obviously, you can have a break, and food and shower facilities are on hand, but the object is to do as many circuits of the course as you possibly can. This year’s event takes place on Halloween after the clocks have gone back, making the night even longer and the challenge tougher so make sure you invest in some decent lights.

Check out the video of the 2010 event here to see what all the fuss is about.


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The Original Mountain Marathon

A true test of endurance, the Original Mountain Marathon is not for the faint-hearted! This time the event returns to Scotland for the 49th edition. Participants are entirely self-reliant over the course of the race, and need to carry all supplies including tent and food for two days. There are no phones and no GPS! If you think you have what it takes to conquer the Scottish wilderness over two days, check the website for more details on how to enter.

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Tiree Wave Classic

An absolute must on any windsurfer’s calendar, the Tiree Wave Classic is now in its 30th year. There is just something magical about the conditions off the island of Tiree, and every October, people gather to watch some world class windsurfing. The event is open to complete beginners as well as pros from all over the globe. Video footage is from day six of the 2015 event.

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Tour de Ben Nevis

Adventure and endurance on two wheels around Scotland’s most iconic peak.

Participants ride a staged 68km course with the organisers promising an event that’ll satisfy those with a competitive disposition as well as those who purely wish to test their own personal abilities.

Start time TBC

See the video below for a taster of what it’s all about:

Orange Tour de Ben Nevis: No Fuss Events from No Fuss Events on Vimeo.

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Salomon Glen Coe Skyline

Skyrunning, or mountain running above 2000 ft, is coming to Scotland and tackling the skyline of Glen Coe. The route will feature long sections of scrambling terrain which is comparable to moderate standard rock climbing. The route covers 53km with 4500-5000m of ascent. This event is strictly for highly experienced competitors and all aspiring entrants must provide evidence of completion of a mountain run or race, within the last 5 years, of the same level of severity to the Glen Coe Skyline. Photograph: Ian Corless.



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The Heb – The Race on the Edge

This tough, two day multi-sport event through the Hebridean islands of Benbecula, North and South Uist, takes in 190km. Perfect for honed athletes and enthusiastic beginners alike, you will run, cycle, and kayak through spectacular scenery. Photograph: Carrick ‘Pyro’ Armer.

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RSABI Great Glen Challenge

Organised by the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benefits Association, this challenge needs 25 teams of four (plus support driver) to take on this gruelling trip. 34km mountain bike, 7km kayak, 12km walk, 17km run. Price is per team, and all monies raised go towards helping rural organisations.

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Tour O’ The Borders

Starting and finishing in Peebles, this closed road 120km ride will travel over quiet country roads and climb several hills. There will be mechanic support, showers, regular water and food stops and mementos at the finish line.

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Reebok Spartan Beast Race

This 22km obstacle course will push you to your limits. Enter in teams of up to 10, or take part individually. If you’re intrigued but you don’t think this is for you, spectators are welcome too.

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Reebok Spartan Sprint

This is Sparta! That will be the battle cry we assume, as contestants slug it out in this challenging obstacle race that has become popular all over the world.

Although this is only a 5k – it’s over challenging hills with obstacles and mud. You should be pretty fit and expect the worst! You can enter individually or as a team, and there’s even a Junior Spartan event, with categories for ages 4 up to 13. See the website for more details.

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Tough Mudder (Half)

Like the Tough Mudder, but a bit shorter… at 8 kilometres and 14 obstacles, this will still be a challenge to many. Enter as an individual or a team. See website for full details.

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Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge 2016

Now in its tenth year, this 55 mile challenge invites you to test your limits as you pass through some of Scotland’s most stunning countryside. Featuring four exciting new challenges that are 16, 31, 51 and 72 miles long, the 2016 event is set to be the biggest yet. Register your interest on the website and keep updated on all upcoming information.

The Rob Roy challenge is a fundraiser for the Martin Currie Charitable Foundation, raising £2.7 million since it started back in 2006. So take part not only for a good time, but for a good cause.

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