Ultra X Scotland is an event that takes place in the Scottish Highlands, a mountainous region in northwest Scotland known for its stunning scenery and trails, with the Great Glen and Loch Ness at its centre. It offers two races: Ultra X 110 Scotland and Ultra X 50 Scotland.
Following a geological fault line formed more than 400 million years ago, the Great Glen runs arrow-straight from Fort William to Moray Firth. Surrounded by some of the UK’s highest mountains and filled with four immense lochs, including the mythical Loch Ness, the glen is a unique wilderness rich in Highland heritage.
Ultra X 50 Scotland by Asics (50km single-stage race) takes place on the second day (Sunday) of Ultra X Scotland. Both races are held under full Scottish Athletics permit (#11636) granted through the TRA.
What happens when you register
Once you have registered for a race;
You will be sent an email inviting you to a call with a member of our team. This is by no means mandatory but it will allow you to ask us any questions you may have regarding the event, training, food, equipment and anything else at all.
You will be asked if you would like to be added to the competitor Facebook and Whatsapp groups. Of course you do not have to but they are a great way to get to know your fellow competitors before you reach the start line.
You will be invited to a number of short video calls where we’ll go through kit/equipment, food and pre-event preparation. You’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you like.
We have very relaxed cut offs. To us, it’s not about what time you get, it’s the adventure you have along the way. On average you will have between 2hrs 30 mins to complete each 10km (in-between checkpoints). Exact race cut-offs can be found in the race information pack.
If you don’t finish
In the scenario that you cannot finish a stage at one of our events, you will be offered entry into the following edition of the race at half price. You will not receive a finishers medal or official result.
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The Great British Slam award is in recognition of those who complete all three GB Ultra X events within a calendar year.
Ultra X Scotland (110 & 50)
Ultra X Wales (110 & 50)
Ultra X England (110 & 50)
In order to be eligible for the award, entrants must enter and finish each of the individual events within the cut-off times of each race. Awards will be presented at the finish line of the final event of the year, Ultra X England.
Experience The Scottish Highlands
We understand that competitors may wish to travel to the Scottish Highlands with family or friends. Should they wish to enjoy the region while you race, we highly recommend visiting the following sights. Alternatively, you can visit them together after the event.
If one of your party would like to volunteer at the race while you take part, they can complete the Volunteer Application Form and we will do our best to accommodate them.
Cairngorms National Park
What others say
“Having grown up in Scotland and being naturally familiar with the country, it is easy to forget how beautiful the wilderness really is. So when the opportunity arose to spend two days running around the iconic Loch Ness and embrace everything my motherland had to offer, it was a no-brainier! The intense climbs become worth it when you see the incredible views over the Loch as you wind your way down from Inverness to Fort Augustus and back, via the incredible trail laid out by Ultra X that shows off Scotland in all its glory! The cameraderie and support received at checkpoints and from other competitors kept me going right to the final step of the 125km! There really is no better way to push your limits and get to know yourself, while taking part in a truly unique experience. Bring on the next one… Sri Lanka 2022 anyone?”
Olivia Woodes Rogers
“The 125km Ultra X Scotland event was my first ever race of any kind and I could not have had a better experience. The event was very well organised and the crew made both experienced and new runners feel at home. Having medics and osteopaths at checkpoints and the campsite made me feel comfortable finding and pushing my limits. The location was great as well, racing around Loch Ness was beautiful and I can’t wait to experience other Ultra X locations.”
“Well, Ultra X Scotland… this was the most rewarding race I’ve ever completed. Saturday’s struggles, allowed Sunday’s glory to be multiplied. The course was beautiful, challenging, and rewarding. Nature at its finest. The people, even better. Ultra marathons are genuinely life changing. Ultra X ultra marathons are that and more. They think of everything, and the community, the volunteers, the medical teams are simply, world class. Sign up for one. If you do it, I’ll do it with you!”