On the South Loch Ness Trail at the top of the Suidhe with a spectacular view north to the distant Loch Ness.

Follow live – Friday (Dores to Drumnadrochit) | Saturday (Drumnadrochit to Fort Augustus) | Sunday (Fort Augustus to Dores)

This weekend sees the inauguaral Loch Ness 360 Challenge finally get under way after a two-year wait. I’m just finalising my preparations before heading to Dores for the start on Friday morning.

There are three challenges taking place over the weekend – a full ultra run over the 129km course, the ‘three marathons in three days’ event and a mountain bike circuit following largely the same course with a few detours.

I’m taking part in the three marathons challenge, and with more than 3000m of ascent and some tough terrain, it’s going to be a real challenge!

A live tracking system is in place for all runners and bikers. Follow me live on Friday when I’ll be running from Dores to Drumnadrochit, Saturday from Drum to Fort Augustus, and Sunday from Fort Augustus to Dores.

John on one of his recce runs above Loch Ness on the approach to Drumnadrochit.

I’ll be posting some stuff on my Twitter feed and will update the blog with more after I hopefully get past the finish at Dores on Sunday and enjoy a cool beer!

There’ll also be more coverage in Active Outdoors the following week once I’ve had a chance to recover a little bit.

Find out more about the Loch Ness Challenge at: www.lochness360.com/lochnesschallenge

Pre-race briefing

Marathon 1 starts at 9am on Friday 20th May from the Event Hub in Dores.

Marathon 2 starts at 8am on Saturday 21st May from the Loch Ness Hub, Drumnadrochit.

Marathon 3 starts at 9am on Sunday 22nd May from the Glendoe SSE works.

Race Route

The route maps with checkpoints, water and aid station locations are on these links –




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