New, exciting challenges for the New Year!

Runners and cyclists love Inverness and Loch Ness for the scenic routes to explore and fantastic races to enter, but are you ready for a new sporting challenge in Scotland this year? Perhaps you want to take on a marathon, ultra-marathon or even a duathlon in Scotland?

We’re very excited about Scotland’s newest long-distance trail – Loch Ness 360ﹾ. Brand new for 2020, this route around Loch Ness invites cyclists, marathon and ultra-marathon runners to take the challenge of a lifetime. It’s 129km and over 3000m of ascent and whill be hard (although the stunning views will surely help!). Applications are open but places are filling up fast – enter now!

Have you ever tried a multi-sport event?

If you are feeling up for a different type of challenge, why not try a duathlon? Challenge yourself over two disciplines and really push your limits. We have fantastic events for everyone from beginners to elite athletes.

January wouldn’t be January without the odd New Year’s resolution, so for those of you looking for a new and exciting challenge this year, we have a few suggestions that will please even the most adventurous! We have already written about the great sporting events around Inverness and Loch Ness, but what if you’ve already done the Etape or one of the races of the Festival of Running? In recent years Triathlons have become more and more popular, as many people would like to challenge themselves and try something new…but let’s face it, open water swimming up here is not for the faint-hearted – so let’s look at some exciting events in our area that won’t involve a wetsuit!

Duathalons in the Scottish Highlands

If you are a runner or cyclist looking to try something new, why not consider a duathlon? The most famous duathlon in our area is probably the Highland Cross in June, but it can be very difficult to get a place.

The Highland Cross totals 50-miles, with 20 miles on foot, and 30 miles on bike. Its route takes entrants through the Scottish Highlands, from the west coast to the east from Kintail through Glen Affric and Strathglass and on to Beauly.

Additionally, Highland Cross’s purpose is to raise money for causes that benefit the people of the Highlands, disadvantaged by disability, ill health or social need. So if you are looking for the extra special impetus to get off the sofa this year, the Highland Cross might be it!

Another duathlon in Scotland you could enter is the Glen Affric Duathlon, which is not called “Scotland’s Scenic Challenge” for nothing! This run-bike-run event (bikes should be mountain or hybrid bikes only) takes place in May in the Glen Affric Nature Reserve, so the scenery alone makes it worthwhile to give it a go. If you’re not sure about tackling the whole challenge, you can also enter as a team and split the running and cycling between team members.

We hope we have inspired you to challenge yourself this year and join us for one of these amazing adventures here in Inverness and Loch Ness!

We hope you find the perfect sporting challenge in Scotland to make your 2020 perfect. Check out our Events Calendar for a list of all events this year!