Danny Smith and Bridget Glaister Win 2024 Cape Wrath UltraNewsflash

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Danny Smith, and UKC's very own Bridget Glaister, have been crowned winners of the 2024 Cape Wrath Ultra, after completing the eight-day, 400km race through the northwest Highlands yesterday.

Bridget Glaister crosses the finish line   © No Limits Photography
Bridget Glaister crosses the finish line
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Danny was the overall winner of the race in a total time of 50 hours, 28 minutes and 18 seconds, finishing ahead of Henry Gurney (51:55:25), with Adam Watkin in third (54:24:28).

Veteran ultra-runner Bridget Glaister won the women's race and was seventh overall in 59:49:41, ahead of second woman Elsa Morgan, who was eighth overall in 60:36:48, and Charlotte Hurst (63:23:10). Bridget and Elsa ran a closely fought race, exchanging the lead on several occasions. Despite carrying a cold, Bridget managed to close a one-hour gap on day seven, and then pull ahead, before maintaining her lead until the finish line at Cape Wrath lighthouse the next day.

Danny Smith in action on day 7 of the CWU  © No Limits Photography
Danny Smith in action on day 7 of the CWU
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Following the course of the classic long distance backpacking route from Fort William to the far northwest tip of Scotland, and passing through some of the wildest and most challenging terrain in the UK including parts of Knoydart, Kintail, Torridon, Assynt and Sutherland, the annual Cape Wrath Ultra is organised by expedition race specialist Ourea Events and attracts some of the world's best ultra runners.

A journey through some of the wildest of the Highlands  © No Limits Photography
A journey through some of the wildest of the Highlands
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On Sunday 19 May, 172 runners from 19 nations started the race just outside Fort William. Each day, runners had to reach checkpoints and the evening camp before cut-off times, or they were timed out of the full event. Only 57 participants completed the full Cape Wrath Ultra. Among them in 34th place was David Fergusson, a gamekeeper and deerstalker who signed up after being inspired by watching the action in previous years, when the race passed through the estate that he works on. Many of the athletes who were timed out stayed with the race, to tackle the shorter Cape Wrath Explorer option, and complete their journey through the Highlands.

The final campsite  © No Limits Photography
The final campsite
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Danny Smith ran with Henry Gurney and Adam Watkin during the final day. After his win, Danny commented: "I feel pretty high to be honest. We were chatting on the final kilometres about highs and lows. There were a few lows. Yesterday traipsing through the final bog was pretty low, but the highs have outweighed those for sure.

"I came to try it out, but it's been incredible and I've been so fortunate to run with amazing people. Sadly, I was fortunate that the guys who were out in front have been ill or injured, and I hope they make good recoveries.

"I want to say thanks to all the organising team, and volunteers and fellow competitors. I'm very, very grateful to have shared this Cape Wrath Ultra journey with everyone."

The top three men and women of the 2024 Cape Wrath Ultra  © No Limits Photography
The top three men and women of the 2024 Cape Wrath Ultra
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The 2025 Cape Wrath Ultra will take place from 18-25 May next year and entries will open on 31 May.


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I’m currently on Mull with limited reception, but when I last looked at the results a few days ago Bridget was in 2nd and I thought to myself at the time - she’s going to win this. She’s someone with a fantastically positive attitude and legendary level of stamina, and the combination of the two is a seriously strong one within a multi day race.

Absolutely buzzing for you Bridget - it’s well deserved!!

27 May

Brilliant, well done! Looking forward to seeing you and Mark disappearing into the distance at xc later in the year!

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