Founded in 2012 by Shane Ohly, Ourea Events has a portfolio of challenging off-road mountain running events in the UK, including iconic multi-day races such as the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race and Cape Wrath Ultra. Building on the success of the inaugural Salomon Glen Coe Skyline race in 2015, Salomon Skyline Scotland has grown into a two-day festival of skyrunning and trail running races in the Scottish Highlands in September. The eight-strong Ourea team manages the event and recently announced details of an expanded programme for 2020.
The 2019/20 Scottish Thistle Awards, in association with Fishers, celebrate hotels, restaurants, B&Bs, visitor attractions, business and consumer events, along with individuals going above and beyond to create a destination and visitor experience. The national final was held last week at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, where 470 people gathered to see 18 individuals, businesses and events honoured for their contribution to the tourism sector.
Scottish Thistle Awards - Best Sporting Event - © Chris Watt Photography
Salomon Skyline Scotland was crowned Best Sporting Event on the night, with Lucy Scrase, Janie Oates, Graham Gristwood and Helen Samson of Ourea Events collecting the award. Other winners included: Aberdeen International Airport (Working Together for Tourism); Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 (Inclusive Tourism); Paisley Halloween Festival (Best Cultural Event or Festival); The McManus: Dundee’s art Gallery & Museum (Best Visitor Attraction); and James Ryan, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre (Tourism and Hospitality Hero).
Shane Ohly of Ourea comments: “Everyone at Ourea Events is delighted to win Best Sporting Event at the Scottish Thistle Awards for Salomon Skyline Soctland. We would like to thank all of our event partners and sponsors, especially Salomon, Event Scotland and Ellis Brigham. We’re also hugely grateful to our awesome team of event volunteers for all their dedication, enthusiasm and hard work over the event weekend.”
Salomon Ring of Steall 2019 - First Female - Judith Wyder - © No Limits Photography
Rebecca Brooks, chair of the Scottish Thistle Awards Industry Panel and VisitScotland Board member, said: “The Scottish Thistle Awards help shine the spotlight on individuals and businesses going above and beyond to create a destination and visitor experience worth talking about amongst our valuable tourism industry.
“On behalf of the industry panel, I would like to extend a huge congratulations to all of the national winners of the 2019/20 Scottish Thistle Awards. These awards are firmly established within the tourism industry in Scotland and these winners should feel very proud to join the prestigious roll of honour that celebrates innovation, success and excellence in the Scottish hospitality and tourism sector.”
A runner in action during a Salomon Skyline Scotland trail race - © No Limits Photography
Entries are now open for the Salomon Skyline Scotland® 2020 programme of skyruns and trail runs at www.skylinescotland.com. Keep an eye on the website and follow @skylinescotland on Twitter for the latest news from Salomon Skyline Scotland®.