The Great Glencoe Challenge

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the event?

You can register for the 2021 Great Glencoe Challenge by following one of the links within this website. Registration will close within 4 weeks of the event or in the event of the challenge reaching capacity.

I have registered to take part but don’t want to do it alone, can you match me up with other team members?
We encourage everyone to like and follow the Great Glencoe Challenge Facebook page where you can post a request to other GGC participants to ask about joining them or their team, the team captain or the organiser can have you moved into the team in question.
What qualifies as a team and how many can I have in my team?
To register as a team you need to select a team captain at registration and let your fellow members know the team name, after which each member can select to join that team when the register themselves. Teams can only be made up of a minimum of 2 with no maximum, it is vital to the organiser for allocating start times that you enter as a team if there are individuals that you wish to walk with. Unfortunately if you don’t enter as a team it will be unlikely you will start at the same time as your friends, family or colleagues
Can I turn up and register on the day?
No, for safety and planning purposes, you cannot register on the day of the event you must have registered online prior to the event.
Is the only way to take part involve fundraising?
No, you can self-fund your participation which can be selected when you register online
How do I pay my entry cost and when does it have to be paid by?
You will be emailed a secure payment link hosted by our payment provider, Worldpay. Entry costs will be paid over two instalments with a link being sent direct to the email you provided when you registered. The first non refundable instalment will be due approx 4 weeks after registration followed by the second approx 6 weeks before the event date. Failure to make payments on the due dates will result in your participation being cancelled. First instalment payment is non refundable.
Can my dog take part with me?

Unfortunately no dogs will be permitted on the 2021 Challenge.

Can a team member withdraw or be replaced?
Yes, a team member can withdraw at anytime but the organiser must be told immediately. You can replace people after registration has been completed but will require you to update registration, if you have no replacement registration must be cancelled. Any changes to your registration within 6 weeks of the event will carry a £10 admin fee. This is for the purposes of insurance, planning and safety. Please ensure you contact us at admin@greatglencoechallenge.com if you wish to change or cancel/replace you or any of your team member’s. Registration fees and first payment instalments are non-refundable if you cancel without replacement. T shirt sizes cannot be changed within 6 weeks of the event when a replacement has taken the place of a registrant.
What information will I receive prior to the event and will this be posted?
You will receive an Event itinerary, a copy of the Event rules and The Scottish Outdoor Access Code, all by the email you provided at registration within 1 week of the event, nothing will be posted. If your email has changed since you first registered please let us know ASAP. If you require details beforehand, for example to book travel etc, contact us at admin@greatglencoechallenge.com
What are the start times?

The 2021 Great Glencoe Challenge will have a number of wave starts (Wave A, B, C and so on) details of these times will be made available nearer the event date. On arrival at Event HQ at your allocated time you will be provided breakfast, tea & coffee before boarding the coaches that will take you down to the start point in Glencoe. You MUST allow for time for parking and to organise yourself in the morning as the timings in the morning are very tight & rigid.

When will I be told my start time and will it be the same start time as my other team members and friends?
You will be allocated your start time approximately 2 weeks before the event date. This will be sent by email using the email that you provided when you registered or it may feature on the Great Glencoe Challenge website. For those who have registered as a team, you will all be allocated the same start time. If you do not register as a team at registration it is highly unlikely that you will have the same start time. Any changes after start times have been allocated will carry a £10 per person admin fee.
What happens on the weekend, do I just turn up?

We require all participants to “Check-in” for the challenge prior to turning up at you’re your allocated start time on the day. Event “Check-in” opens at Event HQ, Glen Nevis, Fort William at 14:30 on the Friday and closes at 21:00 the same evening. You will also be given your participant bib & number, timing chip, T shirt and wristband. Direction signs placed along Glen Nevis road will help direct you to Event HQ upon reaching Fort William.

What if I can’t make it on the Friday to “Check-in”?
If you can’t make it on the Friday to check-in and collect your items, you can request a team member does this on your behalf. If you choose to do this you MUST notify us beforehand by emailing us at admin@greatglencoechallenge.com.
Where do I go on the morning of the event?
On the morning of the event you report directly to Event HQ in Glen Nevis at your allocated time (PLEASE DO NOT TURN UP BEFORE). When you arrive you will receive breakfast in the form of a breakfast roll, tea & coffee before boarding the coach that will take you down to the start in Glencoe. You will also be told which coach to board, more importantly, making sure you have your timing chip with you & participant number clearly displayed.
Is there somewhere I can park my car?
Yes, all participants can park their car free at Event HQ for the day unless the parking here is unsuitable due to wet weather, please note that this parking is for participants only. If alternative parking is required due to foul weather, you will be asked to arrange a lift or taxi to HQ to help ease congestion as the alternative pay & display parking at the Glen Nevis visitor centre & Braveheart car parks are limited. These carparks are close by event HQ which may involve a short walk of 800m if the Braveheart car park is used. All car parking will be controlled by our parking marshals. **Please note, if you have friends or relatives visiting then they MUST use the pay & display car parking facility at the nearby Glen Nevis Visitor Centre and walk to Event HQ. THERE IS STRICTLY NO PARKING AT THE START POINT IN GLENCOE FOR BOTH PARTICIPANTS AND SPECTATORS.
What does breakfast consist of?
Breakfast will consist of one hot filled roll with tea & coffee, anyone requiring a more substantial breakfast prior to setting off is advised to bring along some additional food for breakfast…And yes there will be a veggie option!!
Are there cut off times during the event?
Yes there are cut off times, trekkers have 12 hours and runners 8 hours to complete the challenge from when they set off from the start. Cut off times may come into play if trekkers arrive late arrival into Checkpoint 2 at Kinlochleven (approx. halfway) if you have taken over 6 hours by this point you may be taken off the challenge for your own safety depending on the circumstances. The second cutoff is located at Checkpoint 4 Lundavra, at approx 6 miles from the finish. If you are taken off the event due to being behind time at either of these locations, there will be transport to take you to the finish point at Event HQ in Glen Nevis.
Can I run the event?
No as the event is set up as a trekking challenge. There may be opportunity later in there year so check with the organiser by emailing admin@greatglencoechallenge.com. If running places made available these will be extremely limited with no prizes for coming first. You must also be aware that the running completion time is reduced from 12 hours to 8 hours. Anyone signed up to walk the route then take it upon themselves to run all or part of the route, risk missing both checkpoints 2 and 3, therefore you you will miss the snacks and drinks available.
What is the route like?
The route starts off from the visitor carpark on the other side of the River Coe across from the Clachaig Inn and follows a short section of Gravel path just before it links up with the main A82 and the first controlled road crossing point. There are 2 controlled road crossing points of the A82 that will require caution although we have our marshals and the local constabulary on hand to approaching motorists on. The route up out of Glencoe more or less handrails the main A82 for a time over mixed terrain made up of the old cattle droving roads, gravel tracks, narrow foot paths and some undefined paths through grass and heather… a little boggy in places to say the least! Once up out of the depths of Glencoe where you’re flanked on both sides by the Aonach Eagach ridge on your left and the famous 3 Sisters on your right, the route follows a rather boggy trail toward the infamous Devils Staircase on the West Highland Way. Turning north over the Devils Staircase the route follows the West Highland Way down into Kinlochleven, before rising again back onto the West Highland Way and into Glen Nevis. The route is sign posted all the way with four Checkpoints located along the route. With around 1600m plus of ascent over 26.2 miles it’s no easy feat!
Are there toilets anywhere along the route?
There will be Portaloo toilets located at Event HQ, the Start point in Glencoe, Checkpoint 1, Checkpoint 2 (Toilets within the Leven Center) and Checkpoint 3.
Do we need a support team?
No you do not require a support team for this event, Ptarmigan Events will support you along the way.
Are there restrictions for taking part?
Unfortunately there are, we have an age cut off in place due to insurance restrictions where no one under the age of 18 years on the day of the event can take part.
What happens if I need to pull out on route?
If you need to pull out on route for whatever reason, you can must make your way to the next checkpoint if you are fit to do so (do not walk back to the last one as it may have closed down by the time you reach it), if it is for medical reasons we will arrange to have you taken off by our support team.
Where is it best to stay overnight the night before the challenge?
We would recommend that you book your accommodation immediately after registration as hotels, B&B’s, Guset Houses and campsite fill quickly in the area at this time of year. We also recommend that you stay in Fort William or as near to as possible. Firstly, the event starts and finishes in Fort William and second, there are many hotels, guest houses, B&B’s and hostels within Fort William as well as a camp site in Glen Nevis. We also recommend Glencoe as an option although you will need to travel to Fort William on the Friday before the challenge to “Check-in” then after the challenge sort out transport back down to Glencoe to collect your car having stayed there. Unfortunately the organiser does not provide transport for this. Details of where to find accommodation can be found on the Visit Scotland website at www.visitscotland.com or www.discoverglencoe.scot the latter is a fantastic source of information of what to see and do while visiting the area, as well as a great source of information of where to stay.
Is there a recommended kit list, if so where do I get it?
Yes there is a recommended kit list that you will find within the GGC website. We also have an kit list with additional items worth looking at as it has a few items on there that you may not have thought of that may help you enjoy your day a little better.
What support do you provide on the day?
On the day we will have everything in place to help make your day and your experience of the Great Glencoe Challenge as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible. We have medical emergency response and first aiders in place provided by British Red Cross. Transport facilities, water & snack stops, toilet stops at set locations on route, signposts to keep you on track so no real need for a route map although available to download on the GGC website, event marshals and police at road crossing points, charity volunteers as well as checkpoints along the way to help us track your progress.
What happens after the event?
At the end there will be an evening meal barbecue/hog roast with a vegetarian option, a licensed bar serving refreshments before you set off home for a well-deserved rest!
How do I cancel or substitute my place?
If you wish to cancel your place you should inform us immediately by emailing admin@greatglencoechallenge.com. Your registration fee and first instalment are not refunable however, we can transfer your registration fee to next years challenge. Alternatively, you can opt to substitute your place providing you have not already cancelled your registration by emailing, admin@greatglencoechallenge.com. Unfortunately we cannot accept any substitutions within 14 days of the event date – this is non negotiable!

The 3 Lochs Ultra

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the 3 Lochs Ultra?

You can register for the inaugural 3 Lochs Ultra 2021 by following one of the links within this website. Registration will close within 4 weeks of the event or in the event of the challenge reaching capacity.

I'm not sure whether to register for the Bronze or Silver finish?

This all depends on you and the fitness of you and/or your team. We recommend if you are new to endurance events that you go for Bronze at 23 miles, however this all depends on your training and what level you take yourself to from registering. If initially you register for Bronze then you or your team exceed expectations, just drop us a line and let us know that you wish to pay the additional cost to change your finish category. Category changes cannot be made within 6 weeks of the event

What qualifies as a team and how many can I have in my team?

To register your team you first need to select a team captain and come up with a name at registration and let your fellow members know the team name, after which each member can select to join that team when they register themselves. Teams can be made from a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6. For teams of 3 to 6 members you will also require your own support crew and support vehicle.

Can I take part on my own or with a partner?

Yes, for individual entries you will be required to have experience in completing similar challenge distances and demonstrate a good level of fitness. For pair entries you must register as a team, have a team captain and provide a team name. Individual and pair entries will also be supported along the way at checkpoints by being provided with snacks & energy drinks, in addition a Bag Drop service will also be provided at certain locations along the route to allow for additional food & to make clothing & footwear changes where needed. The organiser also provides transport back to Event HQ if not completing the route, this service is also available from the finish back to Event HQ, Luss.

Do I have to fundraise?

No, you self-fund your participation but are welcome to take part as a challenge to raise funds for the charity of your choice.

How do I pay my entry cost and when does it have to be paid by?

You will be emailed a secure payment link hosted by our payment provider, Worldpay. Entry costs will be paid over two instalments with a link being sent direct to the email you provided when you registered. The first instalment is non refundable and will be due approx 4 weeks after registration followed by the final instalment approx 6 weeks before the event date. Failure to make payment on the due dates may result in you or your teams participation being cancelled.

Can my dog take part with me?

Unfortunately no dogs or pets are permitted on the 3 lochs Ultra.

Can myself or a team member withdraw or be replaced?

Yes, you or a team member can withdraw at anytime but we must be told immediately. You can replace team members after registration has been completed but will require you to update registration. Any changes to your registration within 6 weeks of the event will carry a £15 admin fee. This is for the purposes of insurance, planning and safety. Please ensure you contact us at admin@threelochsultra.com if you wish to change or replace you or any team member. Registration fees and first payment instalments are non-refundable if you cancel without replacement. T shirt sizes cannot be changed within 6 weeks of the event when a replacement has taken the place of a previous team member

What information will I receive prior to the event and will this be posted

You will receive a full training and participation guide full of useful tips on preparing and taking part, in addition you will receive a support crew guide and a copy of The Scottish Outdoor Access Code, all by the email you provided at registration. Make sure your email is correct or if it changes since you registered please let us know ASAP as this is the primary means of keeping in touch with you and your team.

What are the start times?

The 2021 3 Lochs Ultra will have two rolling wave starts (Wave A, B) details of these times will be made availble nearer the event date. On arrival at Event HQ at your allocated time you will be provided breakfast, tea & coffee etc. You MUST allow for time for parking and to organise yourself, your team and support crew.

What is the expected average completion time?

We expect the average completion time to be between 18 & 20hrs for those trekking the full 49 miles.

What does the team captain do?

The team captain is the main interface between the team and the organiser

What if all of my team can’t make it on the Friday to “Check-in”?

If the complete team can’t make it on the Friday to check-in to collect your team items, you can request one team member does this on the teams behalf. A support crew member can also collect the teams items, just drop us a line to give us the name of who will be doing the pick up and checkin by emailing us at admin@threelochsultra.com.

Where do I go on the morning of the event?

On the morning of the event you report directly to Event HQ in Luss at your allocated time (PLEASE DO NOT TURN UP BEFORE). When you arrive you will receive breakfast in the form of a breakfast roll, tea & coffee.

Is there somewhere we can park my car or our support vehicle near the start?

Yes, all participants can park their car free across from Event HQ. Parking is for Support crews and participants only.

What does breakfast at the start consist of?

Breakfast will consist of one hot filled roll, porridge with tea & coffee, anyone requiring a more substantial breakfast prior to setting off is advised to bring along some additional food for breakfast with your support crew…And yes there will be a veggie option!!

Do we have to bring everything on the kit list?

It is vital that you bring all of the essential items on the kit list. You will be required to sign a kit list disclaimer form at event registration and there may be kit checks on the course.

Do we need to carry everything with us?

The kit list in the Training guide details the essential items that you must carry at all times. There are certain items that you can have within your Bag Drop kit bag or leave with your Support Crew to collect when you meet them at a Support/Bag Drop checkpoint. Please think carefully about what you leave in your kit bag or with your Support Crew – if the weather changes drastically you may regret leaving waterproofs in your bag sent ahead or left in the support vehicle!

Can we make our own arrangements to meet our support crew?

Please only meet your support crew at the designated checkpoints. Most of the roads around the route are single lane with passing places, so to deal with the volumes of traffic relating to the event we need Support Crew vehicles to stick to route and meet you only at designated checkpoints.

Are there toilets anywhere along the route?

There will be Portaloo toilets located at Event HQ, and all checkpoints

Can we have two support vehicle passes?

As access to checkpoints is limited, we cannot provide any teams with more than one car pass. Support Crews with more than one vehicle will need to rendezvous away from the course to transfer the car pass. Remember, the Support Crew vehicle must be no larger than a 12 seater minibus.

What if myself or a team member retires off the route?

If a team member or whole team decide to retire from the event en-route it is essential you inform the event co-ordinator. You can do this by phoning Event HQ whilst out on the course (Event HQ contact details will be on your emergency contact card). A teams left with just one team member must find another team to formally accept responsibility for them for the remainder of the course for safety reasons. The checkpoint co-ordinator must be advised and he/she will approve this.

What is available at checkpoints?

There are toilets, changing cubicles (at Bag Drop points), first aiders and energy drinks and water at all checkpoints. There is also car parking for your support crew to meet you at the designated checkpoints only.

How fit do I and/or a team have to be?

With the right training and preparation the 49 miles is achievable for most, but it is seriously tough with the crux being the last 15 mountainous miles through the Arrochar Alps! Whatever distance you take on you will need to dedicate time to train, especially if you are a team. Most individuals and teams will plan long weekend walks alongside some shorter evening sessions. It’s important that you practise on different terrain too, so you may need to factor in some travel time.

What kit will I need to train and take part?

Good quality walking boots are the most important item, they have comfortable and well worn in. You’ll also need waterproofs (jacket with a fixed hood), and suitable clothing for all weather conditions. Socks, water bottles, layers and some personal medical supplies are also required – all of which can be picked up from any good outdoor shop. Once you’ve signed up, we’ll provide you with a full kit list and give you lots more advice in the build up to the event.

If entering a team, how do I get a team together?

Most teams are made up of friends, colleagues or family members. If you’re having difficulty putting together a team, visit our Facebook page The 3 Lochs Ultra and post what you’re looking for, or simply enter as an individual if you have the experience and confidence in your ability.

What age to take part?

For those taking on Bronze only the minimum age is 16 years old but accommpanied by an adult 18 years or older. Both Silver and Gold the minimum age is 18 yrs.

What's the role of the Support Crew?

Your support crew are a vital part of your team. Their role is to meet you at each checkpoint along the route. They will provide you with additional food, replenish you water supply, top up your snacks and most of all, motivate and encourage you to keep going and reach the finish line. They will also carry your extra kit like wet weather gear and warm clothing for the night sections. They are also there to transport you from the finish back to Event HQ Luss to celebrate.

How many support crew do we need?

One but we recommend two, one to drive and one to navigate. You will then be able to split the time into shifts to allow your fellow support crew member to sleep. Remember that if one of the team is not able to continue they will need to get in the car so allow room just in case – Don’t turn up in a Fiat 500!!

Is a support crew really required?

Yes. All teams of 3 to 6 members attempting all challenges must have a Support Crew. The 3 Lochs Ultra is a serious challenge where you’ll experience some very tough conditions, you’ll need their support.

What sort of vehicles are permitted for support?

Just one Support Crew vehicle per-team is allowed at checkpoints. A vehicle pass will be issued at event registration which allows the Support Crew vehicle access to the designated checkpoints. The vehicle must be no larger than a 12 seater minibus. You’ll need enough space for the whole team (in case of drop-outs) as well as support crew and the equipment. This is very important as there is limited access to checkpoints, most small single track lanes. The event relies on the goodwill of local landowners and communities.

Can the Support crew eat with us at Checkpoints, Start & Finish?

Yes, there is enough food for 2 support crew members at all of these locations.

How much training do we need to do?

The more you train the easier you will find the challenge, but you shouldn’t be on your own all the time, get friends involved even if they don’t plan to take part. Alternatively get a team together and train with them. You need to build up your endurance. You need to build up mental strength and stamina too. Everyone is different – you need to learn about yourself and your needs before the event. How often you need to drink, how tiredness affects you, which footwear you prefer, and so on. Training with a team will help you to set your pace, and to work out your roles within the team, and how best to support each other. People often find they get loads out of the training – it can mean quality time spent with your team partner or full team, as you all get fitter and prepare for the journey ahead.

Can friends and family meet us at checkpoints?

Only your Support Crew will be able to meet you at the designated checkpoints. They will need to display their Support Crew pass for their vehicle to gain access.

What about individual entries, pairs and runners with no support crews?

A Bag Drop service will be employed to move your kit bag ahead of you to allow for clothing/footwear changes to be made and to have additional food & snacks, medication etc available. There will also be transport available to take you from the finish or should you drop out at any checkpoint, back to Event HQ in Luss. Hot food is available to everyone taking part at Checkpoint2 & 3 as well as the start and finish. Runners will not have hot food made available to them out on the route, only before the start and post event at Event HQ.

The Bonnie Banks Bike & Hike

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