Posted on: 24 July 2023

The ITERA-lite Adventure Race Will Explore the Scottish Borders


The inaugural ITERA-lite Adventure Race, staged by Durty Events, will see competitors arriving in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders from all around the UK, France, The Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand and Ireland. They will gather at Selkirk Rugby Club on Thursday and Friday, and the 345km race will start at an undisclosed location at 4pm on Friday 28th after registration, safety checks and the race briefing.

In ITERA-lite (so called because it’s the little brother of the epic ITERA 5-day Expedition race) teams are comprised of either pairs or fours, and there is the option to go for a full course finish or take short course options along the route. Mixed sex teams of 4 will be competing for ARWS Europe ranking points and the race winners will claim a place at the ARWS European Championship, to be staged in the French Alps at the end of September. (The winners there gain a free place at the 2024 AR World Championships in Ecuador.)

Durty Events, whose HQ is in Selkirk, are the leading off-road multi-sports event organiser in Scotland, and Event Director Paul McGreal has worked on previous ITERA expedition races (and competed in some). He said, “ITERA-lite has been meticulously designed to offer a manageable stepping stone for aspiring adventure racers, a valuable training opportunity for seasoned teams, and a stand-alone thrilling adventure in its own right. In our first year we’re proud to be a member race of the Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS) Europe and to welcome international teams.”

Competitors can expect a course with 345km of non-stop multi-sport action with stages comprising trekking, mountain-biking, kayaking, navigation, as well as two challenging special stages. The course will take competitors to some hidden gems across the South of Scotland, which was recently announced as one of Lonely Planet’s best travel destinations for 2023.

The anticipated winning time is approximately 40 hours and all teams will aim to complete the race within the 60 hour time limit. The race will cater to both competitive and novice teams. For the teams seeking a more accessible route, shortcuts will be available, ensuring that the thrill and excitement of expedition adventure racing is open to all.

Nineteen teams of 4 will be racing, including Karlstad Multisport Green of Sweden, Team ZigZag from The Netherlands and 3 teams from Ireland. The Irish team called ‘Ladies First’ is the only all female team taking part. Many of the top British teams and racers of recent years are taking part. Two teams have members who are former World Champions and there are several racers who took part in Amazon Prime’s epic Eco-Challenge race in Fiji.

Twenty-two pairs are expected on the start line, and if anything the competition in this category could be even more intense. Four experienced Irish pairs will be racing, there is one pair from France racing and Team DanJana Banana is listed as coming from Bangladesh.

Team UK/NZ are brothers Dave and Ali Dixon. Dave is travelling from New Zealand to race with Ali, who lives in Keswick and after the Covid disruption this is the first chance they have had to catch up since 2019! Another pair of Brothers are Kenneth and Allister Short, racing as the ‘Short Brothers’. They will have far less distance to travel to the start as they are from Hawick in the Borders (10 miles away from race HQ), so they will know the area and have some local support.

Commenting on this exciting addition to the adventure race scene, Durty Events Founder and ITERA Race Organiser, Paul McGreal, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "We’re very excited that we have been able to introduce ITERA-lite as an accessible introduction to adventure racing and a stepping stone to ITERA. We believe adventure racing is really going to take off in the UK, and we’ll be at the forefront of that. The Scottish Borders is the perfect playground for adventure racing so prepare for an unforgettable experience! ITERA-lite is the gateway to the heart-pounding world of adventure racing.”

For further information see the official ITERA-lite website at www.itera.co.uk, where you’ll also be able to follow the live tracking of all of the teams throughout the race.

You can see all of the teams and the live tracking at: https://live.durtyevents.com/iteralite23/

You can follow updates on the race on Facebook at;

- @durtyeventsadventureracing
- @arwseurope
- @sleepmonsters


VIEW ALL

RELATED RACES

27
Jul

ITERA-lite is a 2-3 day race covering 345km through Scotland's Southern Uplands. It's perfect for new adventure racers, offering hidden gems and shortcuts. Expect a winning time of 40 hours and non-stop multisport action, including navigation challenges and more.

27 Jul - 31 Jul 2023 (Past Race)
Distance
200Km | 350Km
Course Open
70 hours
Teams
2 & 4 PERSON
Limit
200 Participants

29
Jun

Europe Series Raid in France

World Champs Qualifier

Raid in France: an adventure race like no other in total autonomy. The concept is simple: 4 racers (including at least one woman) completely immerged in the wilderness for a 4 to 6 days non-stop adventure. The route remains secret until the race starts. The itineraries are uncovered in real time by the participants during the race.

29 Jun - 06 Jul 2024
Distance
500km
Course Open
6 Days
Teams
Mixed teams of 4
Limit
75

26
Jul

Europe Series ITERA - LITE

ITERA-lite is designed to be a do-able stepping stone to expedition length events for new adventure racers, a training opportunity for established teams, and of course, a great race and adventure in its own right!

Expect around 300km of non-stop multisport action with stages comprising trekking, mountain-biking, kayaking, navigation and special stages – we aim to take you to some hidden gems.

26 Jul - 29 Jul 2024
Distance
300km
Course Open
2 days
Teams
Team of 2 & 4
Limit
60 Teams

17
May

Europe Series PYRENE RAID

After more than 15 years organizing AR in Spain, Peña Guara mountain club presents to you their new project, "Pyrene Raid", an incredible race across the Pyrenees with the most beautiful mountain landscapes of Spain. In 2024 the race will discover the Tena Valley, a real paradise for adventure sports. 200km of race with pure MTB stages, high-mountain Trekking stages, Kayak&Paddle Surf, Canyoning, Via Ferrata, Abseil... and really good maps based on orienteering cartography for all the stages. ¡Huesca province, recently named as the best European Adventure Tourism Destination, welcomes you to discover our mountains!

17 May - 19 May 2024 (Past Race)
Distance
200Km
Course Open
30 hours
Teams
Team of 3 & 4
Limit
40

21
Jun

Europe Series Rajd Beskidy short

Kicking off in Żywiec, the short course route proceeds east and south through mountain ranges, entering Slovakia. It then takes a grand loop within the Slovakian Orawa region before retracing its path back to Poland.

21 Jun - 23 Jun 2024
Distance
200Km
Course Open
30 hours
Teams
Team of 2 & 4
Limit
30 Teams

30
Aug

Europe Series GRAM

"The GRAM 2024 X Raid in France will be an ambitious adventure, proposing an entirely new route through the beautiful mountains of Matheysine, at the edge of Ecrins National Parc in France.
To finish full-race, you will have to face up to 90 km and 5,000 m of elevation gain in 24h. But optional kites and time gates are here so everyone could finish and enjoy his journey.

30 Aug - 01 Sep 2024
Distance
90km
Course Open
24hours
Teams
Team of 3 & 4
Limit
30 Teams

08
Aug

Europe Series ITERA

World Champs Qualifier

Originally the brainchild of James Thurlow, ITERA is now organised by Durty Events - one of the most experienced adventure sport companies in the UK with over 200 events behind us. Paul McGreal was Race or Event Director for ITERA 2019, 2022, 2023 and 2024. The Course Planner is ex-World Champion Tom Gibbs (also Course Planner in 2014, 2019, 2022 and 2023).The idea of showing off the country at its finest is what motivates the team behind the ITERA.

ITERA is a made-up word - ITER – Latin for “journey”.. and the “A” stood for little more than the ADVENTURE

The teams will be racing over 600km through Scotland over five days in August 2024. The Race HQ and Finish Line will be near Aviemore in the stunning Cairngorm Mountains. The start location and the course? You'll have to wait until August 2024 to find out!

08 Aug - 16 Aug 2025
Distance
600km | 300km
Course Open
5 days
Teams
Team of 4
Limit
50 Teams

20
Jun

Europe Series Rajd Beskidy short

Kicking off in Żywiec, the short course route proceeds east and south through mountain ranges, entering Slovakia. It then takes a grand loop within the Slovakian Orawa region before retracing its path back to Poland.

20 Jun - 22 Jun 2025
Distance
200Km
Course Open
30 hours
Teams
Team of 2 & 4
Limit
30 Teams