Below is a list of FAQs that may help answer any question you have. If not, then please feel free to contact us, where we’ll be happy to help you out.
Is the Challenge Sponsored
The Loch Ness Challenge primary sponsors are SSE Renewables. They have offered extensive support to make this set of epic endurance races around the Loch Ness Trail happen.
Is the route marked?
Yes. The north of the trail is clearly signposted via the Great Glen Way markers. The south side is clearly marked via the South Loch Ness Way markers. Any deviations and where these two trails connect will be clearly marked out.
Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed.
How long has this event been happening?
2022 is the first year for the Loch Ness Challenge.
Who are the event organisers?
What age do you have to be to enter the events?
The minimum age is 18 for all events.
Is the Mountain Bike Challenge suitable for gravel bikes?
Yes, the event is suitable for all off-road bikes, including mountain bikes and gravel bikes.
Am I allowed a pacer?
No pacers are allowed.
Are the routes marked out?
The routes follow the Great Glen Way and South Loch Ness Trail, both of which are well sign posted. There will be additional event directional indicators along the route.
I can’t navigate or use a map, does this matter?
The route is suitable for runners and riders that cannot map read.
Do you provide refreshment?
Yes, during the races there will be well stocked aid stations.
What do I get for the entry fee?
Event registration and organisation, electronic timing and results, marked out routes and marshalling, refreshments, event information pack, bespoke item of race clothing, event completion medal, first aid cover.
What winners do you recognise?
1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female across all age categories.
How do you time the events?
Electronic timing using a chip system.
Can I transfer my places or request a refund?
No transfers are permitted. 50% refund up to 6 weeks prior, no refunds after this time.
Can I amend details of my race entry?
Yes – this is possible through the SI Entries system.
Can I walk the event?
Yes as long as you complete the route within cut-off times – there will be no exceptions on the cut-offs.
Do I have to be an experienced competitor?
No, as long as you have done sufficient training for the race distances and terrain.
Are there cut off times for the events?
Yes. Full details are available in the Event Information
When will final details be sent out?
Event details will be regularly updated on the event website and final updates will be will sent a minimum of 2 weeks prior.
What are the car parking facilities?
Car parking will be available at Dores for participants and support crews from 4pm on Thursday 27th through to 10am on Monday 31st.
Where are the checkpoints and what is available at each?
Checkpoint details are available to read under Event Information on the event website and will also be in participants event information pack
The event shows full, can I still get a place?
Please join the waiting list. If there are drop outs then we will contact you.
Do you provide cups?
As a green event, we will not be providing plastic cups at the event. Please bring a re-usable bottle that you can re-fill during the race.
Do I really have to bring the mandatory kit?
Yes. Kit checks will be carried out. Any participants without any mandatory items will be withdrawn from the event.
Do I need to bring food/drink?
Your event price includes the provision by the organiser of water, food snacks and energy drinks at the event Aid Stations. Ultramarathon and Biker Challenge participants may also bring their own additional nutrition and have a ‘drop box’ delivered to the check point at Morag’s Lodge, Fort Augustus.
Can I guarantee to get the right shirt/top/t-shirt size?
We aim to provide all participants with the shirt size requested.
Can I volunteer to help?
Yes – all volunteers are welcome. Find out more about volunteering on the Loch Ness Challenge here.
Can I wear headphones?
No. For health and safety, headphones are not permitted.
When will you send me my race number?
Race numbers will not be sent in advance. You can collect these at registration on the day.
Will you take photos/video?
Yes, there will be an official event photographer and videographer. Your individual images will be available shortly after the event.
When will I get my results?
Your time will be available as you cross the line and full results available within 24 hours.
What happens if I retire mid-race?
Speak to your nearest marshal – contact event organisers.
I still have a question
Contact us and ask.