This event within Scotland’s isle at the edge of the sea looks like a fine one for fans of multi-sport challenges
The Heb – Race On The Edge, held 2-3 September, is a 190km two-day, multi-sport challenge that runs through the Hebridean island chain of Benbecula, North Uist and South Uist. It’s run by Durty Events.
The Heb will see seasoned racers and enthusiastic newcomers to the world of multi-sport events participating alongside each other as solos or pairs. Conquering the challenge will require mountain biking, off-road running and a bit of kayaking and some easy navigation on a spectacular island journey. Beautiful desolate sandy beaches, magnificent mountains, hidden coves, and fantastic Hebridean landscapes will form the backdrop for this epic challenge.
On the 120km first day participants begin with a coastal ride from Benbecula to North Uist, followed by running and trekking on Eaval mountain (note: shorter options available). Then it’s onto the mountain bike for a beautiful moorland bike ride to the uninhabited intertidal island of Vallay for a bit more running and trekking (again: short options possible), followed by the hop to Lochmaddy for a fun kayak section and a bike ride back to Benbecula for a night under the stars.
The second 70km day involves a spectacular north to south journey from the overnight camp to Kilbride on South Uist. It includes epic riding on the machair and firm sands of the west coast beaches, as much running and trekking as you can handle on Beinn Mhor and Hecla, and kayaking off the stunning coast between South Uist and Eriskay. This will be followed by an event party at the Polochar Inn, Lochboisdale – the perfect celebration for ending such a huge achievement.
Durty Events have had a number of enquiries asking how hard the Heb – Race on the Edge course really is: “With ’short cut’ options built into the route on both days and no extremely tough route choices on the cards The Heb has been designed to be totally achievable and fun for all those taking part. We’ve simply selected the best bits for an amazing but challenging adventure. That said, the course has been designed in such a way that you’ll be able to push yourself if you are an experienced multi-sport athlete,” says Durty Event’s Paul McGreal.
And those who are a bit nervous of kayaking needn’t worry, McGreal adds: “’Sit On Top’ boats, paddles and buoyancy aids will be supplied and competitors definitely won’t need to be experienced kayakers to take on the short and fun paddling sections, though it wouldn’t do any harm if they’ve been in a kayak before the event.”