Loch 2 Lawers


Sun 11th Sep 2022

Loch Tay Highland Lodges, Killin, Perthshire, FK21 8TY
10K: £26 | Half Marathon: £42
Limited to 150 entrants per distance


Loch 2 Lawers

Conquer Ben Lawers from the banks of Loch Tay! Take on a 10K or a Half Marathon through Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve.


  • Theresa Elliot (verified owner)

    Loved this event. I had a great day just swimming at my own pace, at times in my own wee world.
    This is what I love about it, it great for those wanting to race and be first etc and for those that just want to achieve a personal challenge. For me it was about getting a better time than last time. It is true what Tay Fitness advertise, it about helping every swimmer home.
    It’s a well organised event, with great friendly volunteers marshaling.

  • Anne-Marie Davison (verified owner)

    My first outdoor swimming event, the build up info was all useful, the event was well planned, everyone was so friendly, I enjoyed it very much, and was happy that it didn’t matter how long I took, I would finish. To have people help me stand up and get to the finish line, was a must! I’d forgotten how to stand ! Thank you all

  • I Rathbone (verified owner)

    All the volunteers and commentators were really friendly, encouraging and welcoming. Those on the kayakers were engaging and made me feel safe in the open water. It was really nice when coming out of the water that there was a line of volunteers to hold me up, and help me find my feet again. The event was well organised, and the piper did really well.

  • Brian Mccormack (verified owner)

    Loved the event , really well run and a lovely friendly atmosphere . . Many thanks to all concerned organisers marshals , canoeists and competitors (oh and the stunning Loch Tay ) it all combined to make a very memorable event

  • Annie Robinson (verified owner)

    Fantastic well organised event. Really happy to accommodate my request to change swim distance. Brilliant atmosphere and piper was a lovely touch. Accommodation on site was great and brilliant food at the Boathouse. Will definitely bring family back so they can enjoy the lodges and surroundings too

  • Anna Crampin (verified owner)

    I was staying at the lodges with some friends when an email alerted us to the swimming event this weekend. I hadn’t realised and was absolutely delighted when there were spots in the 5k swim for me and in the 250m for my daughter. Lovely setting, being piped into the water and support at each turning buoy made the event brilliant. I’m already looking for my next Tay Fitness Event!

  • Ingrid Machell (verified owner)

    What a great event! My first attempt at swimming 5k and I was so delighted that I did it at Loch Tay. The whole event was superbly run, and I couldn’t fault anything. Unfortunately I was quite cold by halfway, and began to struggle. The last lap seemed to take forever, and I couldn’t thank the young lad in the kayak who paddled alongside me for a while – it made a HUGE difference as I was feeling quite lonely! Thanks to the volunteers who helped me out of the water, to Dougie the amazing commentator, and all my fabulous friends who waited for me after completing their own swims, and made it an epic finish. I think we’ll all be back next year!

  • Nicola Greenan (verified owner)

    What a brilliant and well run event. We were here last year and after it being cancelled we were so pleased that it was going ahead.
    I felt so supported and safe throughout the event and the encouragement from the support staff made it so much fun!
    Thank you all for a great day! 👍

  • Steven Cowling (verified owner)

    Friendly and well organised event. Beautiful location and excellent facilities. Already looking forward to next year, think I’ll stay at the lodges and make a weekend of it with the family. Lovely to bump in to a friend at the event who I hadn’t realised was also a swimmer. Brilliant day all round. Thanks to all involved!

  • Sarah McEwan (verified owner)

    First OWS event and it was fantastic. Great organisation, felt very safe in the water, and lots of thought had gone into the after-swim part (although I was not as cold as I anticipated!). Thank you very much – my swim buddy and I will be back!


    + How much does it cost to enter?

    10K: £26

    Half Marathon: £42

    + What are the age limits?
    • 10K: Participants must be 15 years old on the day of the event.
    • Half Marathon: Participants must be 18 years old on the day of the event
    + What's included in the entry fee?
    • Professionally organised event
    • Medal for all participants
    • Safety and Medical teams across the route, including the summit of Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas
    • Electronic timing via ankle strap
    • Free access to event photos via Facebook and the event website
    • Accommodation discount code for use over the event weekend at Loch Tay Highland Lodges. You will receive your discount code in your confirmation email after your register.
    • Race hydration from Active Root
    • Free on-site parking at Loch Tay Highland Lodges
    + What facilities are available?
    • Male/Female/Disabled Toilets
    • Changing Tents
    • First Aid and Hill Safety Team – Event hub across the entire route
    • Car parking – on-site at Loch Tay Highland Lodges
    • Hot and cold food and drinks – on-site restaurant
    + What's the event schedule?
    • 9am: Registration tent opens
    • 11am: Half Marathon start
    • 11.45am: Registration tent closes
    • 12pm: 10K start
    • Race Briefing: 15 minutes before each start time
    + What kit do I need?

    Compulsory and Recommended Kit

    This list has been compiled based on our own experiences of the route and how quickly weather conditions can change. Please read and follow the kit guide:


    10K – Compulsory

    • Mobile phone in waterproof case
    • Event number and timing chip (issued by TFE at registration)

    10K – Recommended

    • ‘Hill running’ shoes with better grip then ‘road’ shoes
    • 500ml of water or energy drink. You will pass the water stop after 4Km and 6Km but may benefit from carrying your own water to use prior to the water stop.
    • Download the ‘OS Locate’ app for android or Apple phones. The free to download app is a fast and highly accurate means of pinpointing a user’s exact location.

    Half Marathon – Compulsory

    • Mobile phone in waterproof case
    • Event number and timing chip (issued by TFE at registration)
    • Hydration – 1– 2 litres of water or energy drink, carried in a rucksack/hydration bladder. You will pass the only waterstop at 4Km and 17Km. During the 13Km between these points you will be entirely self-sufficient for hydration while summiting Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas
    • Nutrition – energy bars, gels etc, appropriate to your needs. There is no nutrition available on the route, participants must be entirely self-sufficient during the event.
    • Spare warm long sleeve layer
    • Waterproof jacket with a hood
    • ‘Hill running’ shoes with better grip then ‘road’ shoes
    • Hat and gloves
    • A whistle (for use in emergencies)
    • Emergency foil blanket (issued by TFE at event registration)

    Half Marathon – Recommended

    • Waterproof trousers
    • Map (OS Map 51) and compass
    • Download and use the .gpx navigation file of the route.
    • Download the ‘OS Locate’ app for android or Apple phones. The free to download app is a fast and highly accurate means of pinpointing a user’s exact location.
    + Is the event timed?
    • Every participant in the will be accurately timed using chip timing technology from Perfect Timing Scotland.
    • Timing chips will be attached to your ankle using a velcro strap
    • Timing chips are collected on the day of the event
    • Soon after the event, all race results will be posted online and on social media.
    + Are there cut off times?

    No, there are no cut off times for either distance. Participants will only be withdrawn from the event or asked not to continue for the following reasons:

    • Your health and safety is compromised due to illness or injury
    • If the weather conditions become too adverse. This will be a decision made by the event directors.
    + Where will the water stops be?
    • There will be 2 water stops on the route
      • 10K: 4Km and 6km
      • Half Marathon: 4Km and 17Km
      • Half Marathon runners must must be self-sufficient for the middle 13Km of the run. Participants must carry at least 1 litre of water or energy drink.
    • Hydration – provided by Active Root
    • Nutrition – provided by participants. In 2021 there will be no on-course nutrition.
    + Is the route marked?
    • Each of the run routes will be marked with yellow arrows, up to the Ben Lawers car park.
    • Above the Ben Lawers car park, on the half marathon route, there will be marshals located at key junctions, to guide you if necessary.
    • You will be sent the Half Marathon .GPX route a few weeks before the event. If you would like to before then, please email [email protected]
    • The 10K and Half Marathon routes cross the road outside the Lodges, you will be marshalled across it.
    + What are the route conditions?
    • Terrain: trails, narrow paths, sections of technical running, steep ascents
    • Half Marathon route: The route summits two mountains on the same range that are each over 3000 feet. The total ascent is 1300 metres (approx.)
    • 10K route: The total ascent is 390 metres (approx.)
    • The event route passes through protected areas of the Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve. We are very lucky to have been granted permission to use it by the National Trust for Scotland. As such it is mandatory that participants stick to the path, do not take shortcuts or run on the verges, and have consideration for other visitors.
    + Do we have to stick to the paths?

    Yes! Much of the route is on Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve, owned and managed for conservation and access by the National Trust for Scotland. As well as its stunning scenery the area is recognised as one of the most important sites for mountain plants in Britain, with many national rarities. National and international designations aim to protect the area and its special plant communities, but the fragile mountain vegetation is vulnerable to damage by repeated trampling. By sticking to the paths, not running on the verges or taking shortcuts, you can help stop the development of ever-widening scars on the landscape and safeguard the outstanding flora.


    Learn more about our the Trust’s work at  https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/ben-lawers#results

    + Do you have permission to use the land for the event?

    Yes. We have been generously granted permission by Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve, Roro Estate and Edwin Thompson Land Management Agents, to use their land for the event. Without their agreement the event would not be able to take place so we are extremely grateful to all of them.

    + Can I order event merchandise?

    Yes via our website, click HERE. There will also be a selection of event merchandise, from all our events, available to buy on the day. Payment on the day can be taken by card or cash.

    + Are there prizes for the winners?


    Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 men and women in each event. There will also be spot prizes.

    Prizes are sponsored by Loch Tay Highland. Lodges.

    Exact details TBC.

    + Is there car parking available?

    Yes. The car parking will be based a field close to the event hub.

    + What catering is available?

    Catering will be available before, during and after the event at the on-site restaurant, The Boathouse. More info can be found HERE.

    + Where can I stay?
    • Why not stay on-site, just metres from the start line, at Loch Tay Highland Lodges. All entrants will receive a discount off their wide range of accommodation suitable for individuals up to large groups. Find out more HERE.
    + Is the event safe?
    • Tay Fitness Events want to reassure you that you will be in very safe hands while taking part in Loch 2 Lawers. Throughout the event you will be kept safe by a large and highly experienced team of hill safety and medical staff.
    + Can I defer/transfer/get a refund?

    Deferrals: If a participant is unable to take part they may request a deferral up to 1 month before the event.  Deferrals must be used the following year and cannot be deferred for a second time.

    Transfers: If a participant is unable to take part they may request to transfer their place to another runner up until 1 week before the event. If the race numbers have already been posted out it is up to the runners to organise exchange of the race number.

    Refunds: Can be requested until 1 month before the event and are subject to a 10% admin fee. After this date, credit codes will be issued if the withdrawn place can be reallocated to a new participant. Credit codes are also subject to a 10% admin fee. They can be used against any other event within 1 year.

    Make a Request: If you wish to request a deferral, transfer or refund, please email [email protected]

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