Skyrunning UK is pleased to announce several key changes* that will be implemented in 2018.
The Skyrunning UK Series has been implemented as of 2016 and at the end of the year a male and female champion will be crowned. Points are awarded as outlined HERE. To qualify for the series, runners must participate and finish in a minimum of 3-races. Points are accumulated and the male and the female with the most points are the Skyrunning UK Series Campions. It is possible to run all Skyrunning UK races and use your best 3 performances for the ranking, a 20% bonus is awarded for the last race.
UK Series Prizes
▪Free entry into all Skyrunning UK races in the following year.
▪Guaranteed entry into a 2018 Skyrunner World Series event
Please see race websites for race dates and entry procedure
The Lakes Sky Ultra team once again bring us the Lakes Sky Ultra and a new race as of 2017, Scafell Sky Race . This duo of races take place on the 15th and 16th July and provide two incredible opportunities. The Lakes Sky Ultra is a tough, challenging and adventurous race that requires experience and vetting. Elevated ridge lines, exposure, tough, challenging and technical terrain all pale into insignificance with grade 3 scrambles. Extreme, gnarly and hardcore, it’s everything a Skyrunning race should be! 55km in length and 4500m of vertical gain.
Entries are available HERE
The Scafell Sky Race offers a 40km race and 2700m of vertical gain. It’s a challenging race that like its bigger brother offers an incredible Skyrunning experience. However, the challenge is less extreme and vetting is not required. Therefore, this race is open to all.
Entries are available HERE
Skyline Scotland provided us with four events in 2017, the Mamores VK, the Ring of Steall Sky Race and the Extreme Glen Coe Skyline and an Ultra, the Ben Nevis Ultra. For the UK series, to have a Skyrunner World Series status in 2017 was incredible.
In 2018 we go one step farther! Wait for news and information to follow.
Salomon Mamores VK™
An incredible leg burning and lung-busting ascent from sea level to Munro summit.
Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra™
Weaving through remote glens, crossing high mountain passes and embracing the superb wilderness on offer in the Scottish Highlands. Truly, this course is for the boldest all-round ultra-runners.
Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace™
A variation of the classic ‘Ring of Steall’ ridge-walking route, the Skyrace® has spectacular views of Ben Nevis from the Mamores and includes short sections of easy scrambling.
Salomon Glen Coe Skyline™
Does this race need any introduction? Pure Skyrunning that includes the most challenging Scottish mountain terrain. Scrambling/climbing experience required.
To conclude the 2018 season will be the Mourne Skyline MTR in Ireland which takes place on tbc. This race over the last 4-years has grown to become a favourite of all the runners who have participated in the UK series. At 35km’s it is one of the shorter races in the UK circuit, however, the Mourne Mountains pack a whopping 3370m of vertical gain. Salomon International athlete and Skyrunning World champion, Stevie Kremer, said it is one of the hardest events she has ever participated in. Don’t let that put you off though. The landscape, terrain, views and Irish hospitality make this a stunning way to close the 2017 series. Entries are available HERE (note, entries usually open in March on St Patrick’s day and sell out within hours)
THE SERIES RANKING
To participate in the series, you will need to run at least three races on one year. If you run more, your best three results count.
Points will be awarded as follows (please note, new scoring points
Ladies: 25, 22, 19, 12, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Men: 25, 22, 19, 15, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 3, 3, 3, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1
In addition, points will also go to the Skyrunning World Ranking. The Skyrunning World Ranking is a rolling 52-week ranking based on all the points awarded to the athletes from his/her participation in:
(i) All the Skyrunner® World Series races.
(ii) The SNS races, wherever run (best four results).
(iii) The Skyrunning World Championships.
(iiii) The Skyrunning Continental Championships.
(maximum one counting).
Points in the world ranking will be awarded to the top 30 min and top 20 women.
Ranking will be updated after each qualifying event.
To qualify for the overall series 3 results as a minimum are required. If you race more than 3 races within the calendar year, your 3 best results/ points qualify. A 20% bonus is awarded for the last race in the series.