Northern Ireland international Ryan Stewart shows his class at VK World Circuit event in Scotland!

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Larne man Ryan Stewart kicks off Skyrunner World Series weekend with classy performance!

Northern Ireland international Ryan Stewart (Shettleston Harriers) produced the performance of his life to kick off an excellent weekend of racing for familiar faces at the Skyrunner World Series ‘Skyline Scotland’ event in the Glencoe region of Scotland (Friday 15th September 2017).

Competing in the ‘Vertical Kilometer’ (VK) race, the Salomon Mamores VK (part of the VK World Circuit), which saw a world class field cover a 5k course incorporating a lung-busting 1,056m of ascent, the Scotland based Larne man claimed an outstanding 13th place.

Seeing off some high profile professional athletes, Ryan reached the summit of Na Gruagaichean, from the start line in Kinlochlevin, in a brilliant 47:51.

The race was won by Norwegian athlete Stian Angermund-Vik in 42:04 (1st place), while Salomon International athlete Laura Orgue won the ladies title in 52:22 (1st place).  Full results from the event are available HERE.

Ryan will now look towards the Garmin Mourne Skyline MTR in Northern Ireland, the final race of the Skyrunning UK National Series, next month (Saturday 21st October 2017).

The action continues early tomorrow morning (Saturday 16th September 2017 – 5am), when local men Justin Maxwell (East Coast AC) and Dave Evans (BARF) take on a stacked field in the inaugural running of the Salomon Ben Nevis Ultra.

Starting at Fort Augustus, the 120k route, incorporating 4,000 metres of ascent, weaves through remote glens, crosses high mountain passes and takes in some of the best Scottish Highland scenery and wilderness.  At 90k, participants will encounter Ben Nevis Mountain itself, ascending the UK’s tallest mountain from the Carn Mor Dearg ridge before descending to Fortwilliam and continuing their journey along the West Highland Way to the Kinlochleven finish line.

Also tomorrow (Saturday 16th September 2017), Megan Wilson (Dark Peak Fell Runners), Elizabeth Wheeler (Glens Runners), Brian Linton (BARF), Owen O’Neill (Westerlands CCC) and Tim Lowry (Ballymena Runners) will take part in the Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace.  Covering 29k in distance and 2,500 metres of accumulative ascent, the NI competitors will encounter plenty of steep climbing/descending and short stretches of what is considered as easy scrambling.  The local athletes will be joined in this event by current Garmin Mourne Skyline MTR Champion Germain Grainger (Team Garmin) and last years ‘MTR’ runner up Rok Bratina (Salomon International).

The weekend of racing will finish on Sunday (17th September 2017), with the Skyrunning Extreme event ‘Salomon Glencoe Skyline’, with what has been described as ‘the best’ mountain running field ever assembled in the UK, taking on the tough, technical and somewhat iconic route.