Turas Tony

Solus Productions Ltd filmed a documentary for BBC ALBA during the Ben Nevis Race 2014. This programme is called ‘Turas Tony’ and featured actor/presenter Tony Kearney as he literally follows in his late father and Uncle’s footsteps and attempts the Ben Race.

It can be viewed on the iPlayer.

Tony follows in his late father’s footsteps as he enters the Ben Nevis Race.

The Ben Nevis Race

In 1895 when William Swan, a Fort William barber, set off on the first recorded timed ascent and descent of Britain’s tallest mountain he could not have envisaged the modern day Ben Nevis Race which now has a field of 600 runners accepting a challenge which is not for the unfit or faint-hearted.

In the late 19th.  and early 20th.  centuries a number of races were organised on an ad hoc basis.  However it was not until 1951 that the Ben Nevis Race Association was founded with the intention of formalising arrangements for an annual race. Since that first field of 21 runners, the race has grown beyond all recognition and it has been run every year since with the exception of 1980. That year the elements won and, with competitors on the start line, a last minute decision was made to cancel the race for the safety of the runners and officials on the mountain. Continue reading