2021 Race Postponed to 2022

This week we have received the latest information from the Scottish government about their roadmap for lifting COVID restrictions. Scotland hopes to return to the level system by the 26th April and put all Scotland in level 3. Level 3 means no non-essential travel and 6 people can meet outdoors. It is unclear when Scotland would move to Level 2 or below.

Given this roadmap and more importantly that we want to respect the local Isle of Arran Island community, we do not believe it is possible at the moment to organise our race. We also want to make our first Kong Mountain Marathon a real success and don’t want to organise the race with lots of restrictions.

We have therefore taken the difficult decision to move the 2021 race to 2022, same weekend, 4/5th June 2022.

We hope to see you all in 2022 for the first Kong Mountain Marathon in a very special place, the Isle of Arran!

Recce in Arran

Before more lock downs and Covid-19 restrictions came in force, we have been able to squeeze in a few recce trips to the Isle of Arran. The weather was not always kind; Goat fell with horizontal rain is interesting I can tell you… The landscape is spectacular as you can see in the photos. The area is challenging, steep climbs and ridges and lots of tussocks and bogs in the lower areas, but that’s what a Mountain Marathon is all about isn’t it? The combination of mountains and sea is very attractive. We have seen deer and heard the rutting calls loud from the tops of the ridges and seen many seals basking on their rock in the sun. What a special place. Can’t wait until June to show you all what a beautiful place this is!

Location announced – Isle of Arran

We are excited to announce that the first Kong Mountain Marathon will be held next year on the 5th and 6th of June 2021 on the Isle of Arran.

From experience we know that an island Mountain Marathon is everybody’s favourite. A great adventure that starts on the ferry from Ardrossan for a brilliant weekend away!

Over the summer we had the chance after the Covid-19 lock down restrictions were lifted to visit Arran and talk to landowners and look at potential event venues. The islanders have all been very welcoming and we are very pleased that they are allowing our event to take place in this special area.

Over the next few weeks we are planning to go back again and do some recceing of the routes we have in mind.

Bringing back a Mountain Marathon to Scotland

We are really pleased to announce that the team that brings you the popular and successful Kong Mini-Mountain Marathons is bringing back a Two Day Mountain Marathon to Scotland.

We – the Wainwrights and the Van Vroenhovens – are keen fell runners and participants in Mountain Marathons and we were very sad to see the Highlander, the LAMM and the Scottish Mountain Marathon all finish. We have organised the Kong Mini Mountain-Marathons for the last 5 years and feel we are ready to bring a bigger event like this to the fell running community.

As we know that many people like to participate in the Jura fell race and combine that with a Mountain Marathon the weekend after, we have decided to organise the new Mountain Marathon on the first weekend in June in this case the 5th and 6th of June 2021.

Kong Running, a brilliant shop and climbing centre in Keswick, has been sponsoring our Kong Mini Mountain Marathons for the last 3 years and have agreed to sponsor this new event as well, therefore the new Mountain Marathon will be called the ‘Kong Mountain Marathon’ or ‘the Kong’.