girls on hills
Girls on Hills
Run Glencoe; wild trails
Run Glencoe; the summits
Hike Glencoe; the summits
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Glencoe is a scenic and historic glen in the Scottish Highlands. It is part of the designated National Scenic Area of Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. The magnificent glen is surrounded by wild and rugged mountains, which provide the perfect backdrop for sightseeing, hill walking and trail running. The glen has a rich history (incl. the 1692 Massace of Glencoe), and has gained more recent recognition through the filming of Harry Potter and the James Bond film Skyfall. The area boasts 11 stunning mountains of Munro status and the famous West Highland Way passes through the foothills, on its way to Fort William (at the base of Ben Nevis). Girls on Hills is founded on local knowledge and mountain experience.
Put on your running shoes and let us show you the wild trails and rugged beauty of these mountains….
Meet the team
Keri Wallace is a fell runner, skyrunner, climber and writer. She is Summer Mountain Leader (SML) and Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI) qualified – and is a mother of two toddlers. Keri completed her first mountain marathon in 2007 and has since gone on to win several of these races in various categories. She has been running and racing in the Scottish mountains for over a decade and lives in Glencoe. In 2000, she undertook a multi-stage solo traverse of the Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley and Charlie Ramsay Rounds for charity (over 10 days). This year Keri competed in the Scafell Skyrace and qualified for a place in the UK Skyrunning Team for the Mamores Vertical Kilometer 2018. She also completed the GORE-TEX® Transalpine-Run, a 260km/16,000m multi-stage trail race crossing the Alps from Germany to Italy over 7 days. In 2019 Keri will be racing the Glencoe Skyline ‘extreme’ skyrace and the Elite Category of the inaugural Scottish Mountain Marathon.
Keri has a PhD in neurobiology from Cambridge University and works part-time as a running guide and freelance writer. Read more from Keri Wallace here https://natural-writing.blogspot.co.uk/
Nancy Kennedy is is a hill runner with Lochaber AC and has lived in Glencoe for the past 30 years. Nancy works part-time at the Glencoe National Trust Visitor Centre in Glencoe, giving local walking advice. She has also been associated with Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team since 1989. Nancy has competed in over 100 hill races in Scotland, and has also raced in other notable events such as the Sierre-Zinal alpine trail race, Snowdon race, Scafell race and has completed the Ben Nevis race six times. She enjoys running all over the world, from the Alps to Yosemite, and this year she raced the Drei-Zinnen race in the Dolomites, Italy. Other interests include climbing, wild-swimming and walking the dog.
If you’re a trail runner then this is THE best wilderness adventure the Scottish Highlands has to offer! Fresh spring air, remote trails, scenic lochs and nothing but mountains all around. ‘The Bothy Run’ is a two-day mini-break that takes runners to a number of rustic MBA bothies enroute to the charming and isolated Loch Ossian Ecohostel on the stunning Corrour Estate: www.hostellingscotland.org.uk/hostels/loch-ossian The hostel is the perfect location to get away from it all and access quiet trails through an area of unspoiled natural beauty.
Your guides will not only show you the way and keep you safe, but will regale you with tales of ‘Bothy nights’, and the history of Scottish bothies. We will also cover the role of the MBA and Bothy Code, so that you’ll not only feel inspired, but will understand what is required to plan your own bothy adventure with friends. We will spend the evening ‘cooking-up’ and enjoying a roaring fire at the hostel – with a wee dram!
In the morning there is an option to visit the charming Corrour Station House (the UK’s most remote restaurant) for coffee or a bacon roll, before hitting the trails once more www.corrour.co.uk/station-house/restaurant/
On day-2 we will run a different trail back to civilisation, making the weekend into the perfect thru-run experience, with a rewarding sense of journeying through Scotland’s wild spaces.
Our 2020 ‘Bothy Run’ will be sponsored by The Gin Bothy, who will provide all our lucky runners with a wee dram or two to enjoy by the fireside! Gin Bothy is a Scottish, eco-aware, and award winning gin distillery, founded by women!
Gin Bothy founder and entrepreneur Kim Cameron says “the principle of respect – for mountain, river and farm – is ingrained in our work, and shines through in the products we’re proud to make. When I first launched Gin Bothy, it was about making the most of what the land had to offer.”
The weekend’s cost covers guiding and instruction with a Summer Mountain Leader qualified and/or Fell Running Association (FRA) accredited guide. It also includes one night of self-catering accommodation in the Loch Ossian hostel (all female bunk-room).
Due to the important role that weather plays in deciding what trails to take, we won’t be able to confirm the exact routes (mostly due to river levels)until the weekend itself. However, you can expect to run 15-17miles each day. The terrain is wild and sometimes rough, but not very hilly!
You will need to be a competent trail runner but don’t need to be concerned about your pace. The journey will be sociable, with plenty of stops enroute for faffs, snacks and snaps! The start and finish location is TBC but will be in the Glencoe/Lochaber area. We will liaise with you in advance of the weekend to arrange car-drops and shuttles if required. Please do not be concerned about getting back to your car/start.
Upon booking you will receive an email which will include information about what to wear and bring with you. We will meet up to check kit and discuss final plans over coffee before we start Day 1.
Upon payment you will receive a set of questions in our confirmation email. TO COMPLETE YOUR BOOKING please reply to Girls on Hills with your answers (email: [email protected]). This information will enable us to plan the perfect weekend for you.
We pride ourselves on being ‘approachable and relatable’ so please please do get in touch with any concerns or queries you might have now or nearer to the event. We look forward to having some fun and showing you some great trail running in the Scottish Highlands!
*Please note that Girls on Hills’ advise taking out your own insurance, as you would for any outdoor activity course or holiday.
Girls on Hills Ltd is the exclusive and recommended recce provider for Skyline Scotland. We are delighted to offer this official guided recce day for the Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace™.
The recce is open to both men and women, and will be led by a professionally qualified running guide who also has first-hand experience of the event. You can therefore be assured of a safe, high quality experience with someone who is extremely knowledgeable about the event and the race route. Your guided recce will be Summer Mountain Leader qulaifies as a mimumim and there will be a maximum group ratio of 1:6
You do not need to have a race entry to participate in this event, but you do need an appropriate (high level) of hill fitness.
The day will start and finish at the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven, and follow the epic race route in full over one exhilarating day: www.skylinescotland.com/ring-of-steall-skyrace/information/#displayTheRoute
The group will meet at 08:30 outside the Ice Factor and set off after a quick kit-check. The event will allow you to recce the technical sections of the race route and size-up the magnitude of the undertaking to inform race-day pacing and strategy. It will also enable you to get first-hand experience of how you are moving relative to the cut-off at CP5 in Glen Nevis. The group will finish back at the Ice Factor in order to give you an opportunity to satisfy cake and caffeine cravings!
The recce is not a race, and the intention is to travel at a speed which is comfortable for the group, with time allowed for chatting with each other and the guide. Your expectation should be brisk uphill walking, jogging on the flats and downhill running. You’ll need to come prepared for a big day in the hills with your own clothing, equipment and food.
The group leader has the discretion to change the route followed (like switching to the ‘classic’ route, which is shorter with an alternative start, or official race bad weather route), should conditions dictate.
Accommodation and food is not included.
You will be asked to read and sign a disclaimer before commencement of the day.
For more information on the race and to enter visit: www.skylinescotland.com/ring-of-steall-skyrace