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Der Kampf um den MacFarlane - Pokal auf dem höchsten Berg der Britischen Inseln

der Ben-Nevis- Lauf ein großes, jährliches Sportereignis im westlichen schottische Hochland - ein gut organisierter Berglauf in atemberaubender Umgebung, ein anspruchsvoller Berglauf, um Kondition und Lauffähigkeiten zu testen

Der Kampf um den MacFarlane- Pokal am Ben Nevis, Schottland’s höchstem Berg
Der Ben Nevis liegt in der Nähe der historischen Stadt Fort William und ist das Terrain für den jährlich im September stattfindenden Berglauf, den Ben-Nevis-Lauf.
Er stellt immer einen Höhepunkt in der Stadt Fort William und der gesamten Lochaber-Region dar.
Der Lauf beginnt auf dem Sportareal des Claggan-Parks von Fort William, der etwa auf Höhe des Meeresspiegels(Normalnull) liegt. Der Kurs führt die Läufer auf dem klassischen Bergpfad, vorbei an der kleinen Siedlung Achintee, nach oben zum Plateaubereich des Ben, in 1344 Meter Höhe.
Es ist ein sehr anspruchvoller Lauf, der eine große Portion Kondition und läuferisches Können von den Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmern verlangt. Die Gesamtstrecke beträgt 15 Kilometer. Der erste Teil der Lauf-strecke ist der "Anstieg" zum Bergplateau, wo sich der Wendepunkt befindet. Man läuft nur bergauf. Nach Erreichen des Wende-punktes auf dem Gipfelplateau machen die Läuferinnen und Läufer fast das Gegenteil. Sie müssen dann nur bergab laufen. Hinzu kommt, dass das Wetter, entgegen der Wettervorhersage, den Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmern auch manchmal einen Streich spielen kann, da es sehr wechselhaft ist. Deshalb besteht eine der Teilnahmeregeln für die Läuferinnen und Läufer darin, dass sie wasserfeste Laufkleidung, einschließlich Kopfbedeckung und Handschuhe, tragen, sowie eine Pfeife und die Läuferkarte mit sich führen.

Der Lauf wird von der Ben-Nevis-Lauf -Vereinigung(Ben Nevis Race Association) in Fort William organisiert. Die Einschreibung für dieses sportliche Ereignis, fordert, dass die Teilnehmer das 18. Lebensjahr vollendet haben müssen, Mitglied eines Leichtath-letikklubs oder einer Läufervereinigung sind, und ausreichend Erfahrungen im Berglaufen nachweisen können. 

Sie sollten deshalb mindestens 3 Bergläufe der „Kategorie A“ der schottischen Bergläufer-Vereinigung(Hill Running Association) absolviert haben. 

Das Reglement für den Ben-Nevis-Lauf legt übrigens auch ein Limit für die Laufzeit der Läuferinnen und Läufer fest. So werden die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer, die die Hälfte der Strecke in 1 Stunde nicht schaffen aus dem Rennen genommen. Gleiches Schicksal ereilt auch jenen, die das Ben-Nevis-Plateau in 2 Stunden nicht erreichen.

Der Rekord steht gegenwärtig bei den Männern bei 1 Stunde, 25 Minuten und 34 Sekunden. Bei den Frauen steht der Rekord bei 1 Stunde, 43 Minuten und 25 Sekunden. 

Die Einschreibung für die Teilnahme am Lauf kann im Januar eines jeden Jahres auf der folgenden Webseite vorgenommen werden:

Bis zu 600 Läuferinnen und Läufer haben die Möglichkeit an diesem regionalen Ereignis teilzunehmen.

Das Einschreibungs-Procedere wird nach dem Prinzip „Wer zuerst kommt, malt zu-erst“ gehandhabt. Ein zeitiges Einschreiben zu diesem Wettbewerb ist also immer angeraten.

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A Warm Welcome to Westcourt Bed & Breakfast. We hope that you enjoy our beautiful views overlooking Loch Linnhe, with the stunning shoreline, sea-birds, seals, otters, ducks and swans. Westcourt is a Fabulous Bed and Breakfast in Fort William and an impressive property, which commands a prime location with stunning, un-interrupted views to the Ardgour hills and over Loch Linnhe with it’s colourful array of leisure, cruise and sailing boats.  Westcourt is only a five-minute leisurely walk along the waterfront, through the beautiful Achintore gardens to the centre of Fort William, which will take you to a variety of bars restaurants and shops. The Lochaber Yacht Club is also directly across from our comfortable B&B on the Fort waterfront, with their trees illuminated with alternating pastel coloured lighting, which adds to the ambience against the water.  Westcourt is Arguably one of the most outstanding properties in Fort William, regarded as Luxury accommodation and is furnished and presented to an Extremely High Standard in all regards, to make guests stay as pleasant as possible. At Westcourt we offer a mix of bedrooms, some with Loch side and mountain range views, generous sized rooms with King-Size beds, Double, Twin or Deluxe rooms both standard and superior. All rooms are en-suite, some with both Bath or SPA and separate Shower, Twin Sinks and all Power Showers are of a high standard, Soft towels, Quality linen and Bespoke Quality toiletries are provided for Guests.   Each room has flat-screen TV with Freeview television, Full Hospitality Tray with bottled water and tea and coffee making facilities, Hair dryer, access to an iron on request, Free Wi-Fi throughout and on-site Guest Parking.           In the morning Breakfast is served in the tastefully decorated dining room that makes for a great spacious area to relax and enjoy your breakfast as you plan your day.  Breakfast is served by friendly staff with good local knowledge.                   Breakfast is available from 7.30 am – 9.00 am, or earlier on request if required.                           We offer you an individually presented breakfast in the morning – choose from light and Healthy Options, yogurts Fresh Fruit, Juices and Croissants, a range of Cereals, Continental Breakfast, a selection of Cold Meat and Cheese, Scrambled egg with Salmon, that will set you up for the day. A range of special tea and coffee selection is available, established breakfast tea or coffee with toast bread with a selection of Jams, Honey and Marmalade are served at your table.  Our breakfast are well complemented by our guest reviews that Westcourt receives.  Charles and Katarina look forward to welcoming you to Westcourt.     Bed & Breakfast from £49.00 - £69.00 per person per night - based on two people sharing one double room with king-sized bed and including breakfast ,,,,,  We are open all year.  Please use our online booking below to check availability, or if you have any special requirements, complete the enquiry form. We look forward to welcoming you to Fort William.
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Cedar Lodge Cottage
Cedar Lodge is one of the closest self catering places to Fort William's downhill mountain biking tracks and winter skiing/snowboarding at Nevis Range. We are also within 10 minutes of the Ben Nevis North Face car park, and 15 minutes from the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre where most people begin their walk up the mountain footpath on Ben Nevis. Facilities Cedar Lodge offers two ensuite bedrooms, a fully fitted kitchen, washing machine/dryer, dining area and cosy TV room. You can let it for a short break - 2 or 3 days or a full week. We provide cleaning materials, kitchen rolls, toiletries and almost everything you might need during your stay. Other facilities We have lots of private parking and additional storage space for outdoor equipment. We provide WiFi internet access.  Our views of Ben Nevis and the Nevis Range of mountains is probably the best in the area - it's awesome. There is a cycle path nearby which you can ride or walk into the town centre. Our garden deck is a great place to relax and soak up the scenery. For full details of our current short-break offers, please visit our Cedar Lodge website link below.  This very cosy self catering holiday home is well maintained and comes with everything you will need during your stay. Our prices are all inclusive of electricity, heating, towels and bed linen, with nothing else to pay. Cedar Lodge is great place to base yourself for a week of exploring the west Highlands at any time throughout the year. For more details and photos please visit our website. Or, you can check availability using the form on this page or visit our website. We have a hot tub which can be made available to you during your stay, subject to conditions. Visit our website for more details.
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The Willows Guest House, Fort William
The Willows is a 3 star family run Guest House situated by the shores of Loch Linnhe with views of the Ardgour hills.  Located close to Fort William town centre it is approximately a 10 - 15 minute pleasant stroll along the gardens of Loch Linnhe to the restaurants, bars and shops.   We offer three rooms and can accommodate a maximum of nine guests, a quadruple family room, a triple family room and one double room.   Please note that our rooms do not have the capacity for extra beds and we cannot allow over occupancy, this includes children or infants even with their own cots.  Each room has an en-suite shower room with fluffy white towels and complementary toiletries, tea/coffee making facilities, flat-screen smart TV, DVD player with USB port, silent mini fridge, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. We have a full fire alarm system and fire certificate and are a non-smoking property for the comfort of all our guests, however you can smoke outside on the balcony and cigarette bins are provided. We have a large, easily accessible car park at the front of the property, motorbikes can be parked at the side of the house if preferred and bicycles can be stored in the garage. We accept all major credit/debit cards, paypal or cash.  A valid credit/debit card is required to guarantee the booking, no deposit will be charged, however, full payment for your booking will be charged to your card up to 7 days prior to the day of arrival. For availability and prices Please check our website:   or contact us at:  [email protected] or call us on:   01397 705122.
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Glen Nevis Caravan & Camping Park
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Huntingtower Lodge
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