Registration takes place on Friday 22nd June 2012 between 9.00pm
and 12.00 midnight at St Joseph’s RC Church Hall in Milngavie.
The church hall is located across the road from Milngavie
Station, where the race starts. At registration you will be
given your race number - a wrist band, which should not be
removed until you finish or withdraw from the race.
You will also be given your goody bag and
any merchandise you have purchased, and will be asked to sign
a disclaimer. You will be weighed and given your weighing
card, which will need to be produced later at the weigh-in
stations at Auchtertyre and Kinlochleven.
We would encourage those who are able to do so to register as
early as practical, to help reduce congestion later in the
The station car park can get very busy with race traffic. If
you are unable to park there, additional parking should also
be available in the nearby Tesco which remains open well into
A short race briefing will take place near the start line at
Race numbers will be posted on the website a few days before
the race. If you would like to be allocated a special race
number, please send details to
firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best
to meet your request.
The race will start at exactly 1.00am on Saturday 23 June from
the start of the West Highland Way, at the bridge beside
Each runner is required to check in at a number of checkpoints
throughout the race.
The checkpoints and the cut-off times are
Balmaha (19miles) – 5hrs
Beinglas Farm (42miles) – 12hrs
Auchtertyre (51miles) – 15hrs
Bridge of Orchy (60miles) – 18hrs
Glencoe Ski Centre (71miles) – 23hrs
Kinlochleven (81miles) – 28hrs
Fort William (95miles) – 35hrs.
Any runner not reaching the checkpoint within the allocated
time will be withdrawn from the race. All runners will be
weighed at Milngavie, at Auchtertyre, and at Kinlochleven.
If a marshal is concerned about the
condition of any runner, this will be referred to the Race
Safety Officer, Sean Stone, the Race Doctor, Chris Ellis, or
the Race Director, Ian Beattie. Sean, Chris or Ian will
determine what action, if any, needs to be taken: this could
include a variety of measures including, if considered
appropriate, instructing your withdrawal from the race.
Such an instruction would only be given
where it was considered necessary for your own safety, and
would not be taken lightly. However it is a condition of entry
that any such instruction must be followed, and the decision
of the Race Safety Officer, Race Doctor or Race Director is
Split times will be taken at each of these checkpoints, so
please make sure you give your race number clearly to the
marshal. The checkpoint at Balmaha is the one that causes the
most problems getting split times as the runners are closer
together, so this year we will be operating a gate system
(similar to a finishing funnel).
It will be located at the point just
before you come into the car park from the forest off Conic
Hill, and runners will have to go through it in single file.
This should not delay you to any extent at all, but will help
ensure we get accurate results.
Online updates and results:
We are aiming to update the West Highland Way website
throughout the day with information, so please encourage your
friends and supporters to have a look at it and follow your
progress. If any runner or support team use Twitter you are
asked to use the hash tag #whwrace. This will provide another
way for friends of the race to follow from a distance.
This year we are insisting that every runner carries a
lightweight space blanket throughout the race. These only cost
a couple of pounds from any outdoor shop, and could make a
significant difference if you are unfortunate enough to have a
fall, particularly if it is in a remote part of the trail.
We are also insisting that every runner carries a mobile
phone, with the following emergency numbers programmed in to
Sean Stone, Race Safety Officer – 07768 642314
Ian Beattie, Race Director – 07939 535523
In the event of an emergency, Sean should be the first point
of contact. He will then liaise with the Mountain Rescue team
or other emergency services as appropriate. If contact cannot
be made with Sean, Ian is the second point of contact.
There are other items of kit that you must have available if
directed by a race official, although whether you need to
carry them on the day will depend on the conditions at any
These include the following:
A head torch, with spare batteries;
Full body waterproof clothing;
Other recommended items include:
Harveys map of the West Highland Way
Small Rucsac/Bumbag or both
Complete change of clothes (5)
First Aid Kit
Blister Repair Kit
Bladder and Drinking Tube
Remember, conditions can vary considerably throughout the
course of the race and it is better to carry too much kit in
your support vehicle than find yourself short.
There will be a facility for runners to leave dropbags for
Rowardennan, Inversnaid and Beinglas Farm. Please ensure these
drop bags are clearly marked with your race number, and take
them to the marked vehicle at the start at Milngavie Station.
It will not be possible to return the contents of and drop bag
to you after the race.
Litter and general behaviour:
The West Highland Way is a route of outstanding beauty, and we
try to ensure our race is well regarded by the West Highland
Way rangers, by those living near the route, and by other
users. To this end please make sure you do not drop any litter
anywhere on the route, but that you carry it with you to the
next checkpoint. Please also show consideration for walkers
and other users, and try to remain quiet when passing houses
during the night in the early stages of the race.
Area from the top of Loch Lomond to
Parking in the area between the top of Loch Lomond and
Crianlarich is very limited, and we have had problems in
previous races with businesses and landowners in that area.
For that reason, and as the race has become bigger, we have
had to introduce a rule that prohibits any support crew from
meeting their runner on this part of the route.
Under no circumstances should Support
Crew teams park at the Drovers Inn, Beinglas Farm,
Derrydarroch Farm or Carmyle Cottage, or indeed anywhere else
on the A82 between Inverarnan and Crianlarich. This will be
strictly enforced, and any breach could lead to your
disqualification, so please make sure that your support crew
are aware of this rule.
The first checkpoint after this section is at Auchtertyre
Farm, where parking is available. It is also possible to park
in Crianlarich, walk for a mile of so up the hill, and meet
your runner at the point the West Highland Way comes in to
It is a condition of entry that all runners must have
motorised back up for the full duration of the event. Up until
Auchtertyre you need at least one crew member, and from
Auchtertyre onwards you need a crew of at least two people,
one of whom must be capable of accompanying you during the
last two stages if required.
You are required to provided details of
your support crew by completing the form at the following
This form needs to be completed and submitted by 9 June. You
will not be allowed to take part in the event unless these
details have been provided.
If there are any changes to your support crew details after
you have completed the form, please e-mail the details to
The Support Crew must meet their runner at each Checkpoint,
except for the checkpoint at Beinglas Farm where no crew are
allowed. It is the Support Crew's responsibility to ensure
your safety between Checkpoints, and they must be prepared to
look for you if you do not check in at a Checkpoint.
Runners who leave a checkpoint more than 4 hours after the
overall race leader are welcome to be accompanied by a support
runner/runners, from Auchtertyre onwards. The check point
marshals will advise on whether a runner is able to have a
A more detailed guide for the Support Crew has been prepared
and is attached to this e-mail. Please ensure that all members
of your Support Crew read this and understand the full extent
of their responsibilities.
Food and refreshments:
A number of businesses on the route have kindly agreed to open
their premises and provide facilities for support crews. The
Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha will be open from around 3am and will
offer hot breakfast rolls, as well as the use of their toilet
facilities. There is
a café / shop at Auchtertyre Farm. The
Real Food Café in Tyndrum will be open for most of Saturday.
The cafe at Glencoe Ski Centre will stay open late on the
Saturday night to serve food. We are very grateful for the
help of these businesses; please support them if you can.
The race finish is at the door to Lochaber Leisure Centre in
Fort William. The Leisure Centre is about 0.2 miles beyond the
roundabout as you come in to Fort William, on the left hand
side of the road. At the finish your time will be taken and
you will be weighed. Showers are available for runners and
crew (this will be badly needed!), and facilities are
available to make tea and coffee.
There is a race merchandise order form attached to this
e-mail. Please complete this and return it to Adrian Stott, as
per the instructions on the form. You should note that all
runners will receive a race garment and a buff in their goody
The prizegiving will take place in the Nevis Centre, Fort
William at 12 noon on Sunday 24th June 2012. Please try and
attend – it is a great occasion where every finisher is
presented with his or her hard earned goblet, and helps
continue the great ‘family’ feel of the event. If you are
unable to attend, please let a marshal at the finish know and
we will arrange for you to take your goblet away with you.
For those staying in Fort William, there
will be the chance to meet up for drinks and some food on the
Withdrawal from the race:
If you need to withdraw from the race, please notify this by
email@example.com . Anyone notifying
their withdrawal on or before 31 May 2012 will be given a
refund of £55. No refunds will be given for withdrawals
notified after that date.
The entry procedure for the 2013 race will be the same as this
year, with entries open throughout November 2012.