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Cape Wrath Trail Run (28 April to 5 May 2017)

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Cape Wrath Trail Run - by Michael Smith
Where does your run start? No, not the first few paces. Where does it really start? The thought processes that get you here, standing on the tarmac, contemplating the miles and hours ahead. I do a lot of contemplating on long runs. Heaven knows, I’ve got the time to fill.

So, the Cape Wrath Trail. 222 miles from Fort William to Cape Wrath, mainland Scotland’s most north-westerly point. Where did that begin? Two years before at the West Highland Way Race. I recall describing to my father the rain, the route, the midges and the blisters. Ah, but the best of the Highlands lie to the north of Fort William was his response. His favourite part of all the world was Assynt in the far North West – and Suilven his favourite mountain (who doesn’t have a favourite mountain?). I wanted to visit the area after he passed away in 2016.

The fact that in that same year they ran the first-ever ultra race along the Cape Wrath Trail seemed to lead in that direction. Th…