Highland CrossThe Highland Cross

The Highland Cross is a  50-mile duathlon (20 miles on foot, 30 miles on bike) traversing the spectacular Scottish Highlands coast to coast, west to east from Kintail through Glen Affric and Strathglass to Beauly.


Entry to the Highland Cross is by invitation only for 250 teams of 3 (750 persons) of all athletic abilities; walkers, joggers, runners and cyclists.


Highland Cross Latest News

Highland Cross 2015 - Saturday 20 June 2015

Highland Cross 2015 is oversubscribed again this year. 

The invitation list for Highland Cross 2016 will open on 1st September 2015 and any application for inclusion should be made in writing or by e-mail on that date.

For those unsuccessful in the Highland Cross ballot this year, it may be of interest to know that the Nairnshire Challenge is scheduled to take place on Sunday 21st June, the day after Highland Cross if you require further information on this see www.nairnshirechallenge.co.uk.  We believe that this event is still able to take more competitors for 2015.



Highland Cross 2014


Highland Cross breaks the 3.8 million barrier!  229,788 raised this year!  A new fundraising record set!


The participants in Highland Cross 2014 have done an outstanding job and raised a magnificent sum for Highland Charities.  The record 2014 total of 229,788 means that the cumulative figure for 32 years of Highland Cross is over 3,898,000.


The principal charities at the Highland Cross presentation evening.

Image courtesy: Ewen Weatherspoon Photography


On 27 November 2014, the six principal charities received presentations: 

  • Beauly and District Care Project - are receiving funding for a specially converted vehicle.

  • Leonard Cheshire Disability Inverness - have received 40,000 to create special sensory spaces in their centre in Inverness.

  • Shopmobility Highland - have received a specially adapted vehicle.

  • Blythswood Care - have received a forklift truck for their food bank operation in Invergordon.

  • Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland - have received a vehicle to support their Highland wide outreach and fundraising work.

  • Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers - have received a minibus to support their work and the work of Skye YMCA.

In addition to the primary causes, the participants' success will also allow some smaller grants to be distributed to charities across Highland over the next month.


The organisers thank competitors, sponsors and volunteers for their continued support of Highland Cross.


Highland Cross 2014 took place on Saturday 21 June 2014.  See the full results here and see a BBC TV news item of the event here.  The Adventure Show filmed this year's event and it was shown on BBC2 Scotland on Tuesday 11th November.  We understand that programmes can be accessed on iPlayer for up to 30 days thereafter.


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Second placed Gordon Lennox (left) with Highland Cross 2014 winner Joe Symonds (right)



Photographs taken on the course by Robin McConnell are now available to buy via www.21cphotos.com/buy.php.


Top Fundraising Teams of 2014

Top 10   Team Amount Raised   Team Name   Competitor Names
1   8,546.45   The Three Must Get Beers   William Gray
            Craig Finlay
            Richard McGrail
2   6,472.50   Over The Hill   Steven Scott
            Kevin Smith
            Ryan MacLean
3   3,253.33   Affric Brats   Ross Campbell
            Louisa Freeman
            Rosannagh Hilleary
4   3,036.71   Slow Motion   Mayrine MacLennan
            Catriona Campbell
            Marion Campbell
5   2,955.00   Pony Express   John Dean
            Richard Dean
            Rachel Chalmers
6   2,909.00   3 Singles to Beauly   Jennifer Munro
            Gillian Calder
            Karen MacAllister
7   2,839.73   Lame but Still Game   Jim Muir
            Jason Reynolds
            Roland Waddell
8   2,436.51   The Affric HBB's   Jamie Freeman
            Geordie Laing
            Nick Stratton
9   2,400.00   Alltbeithe There in a While   Colin Larmour
            Rory Morrison
            Peter Miller
10   2,280.00   Redmoss Pacers   Derek Dunn
            Philip Prestridge
            Michael Dunn


Highland Cross 2015

The list to receive application forms for Highland Cross 2015 is now CLOSED.


From the replies received from 2014 competitors, unsuccessful applications from previous years and new applications, we are hugely oversubscribed.  We already have over 340 requests for the 250 teams available and we find that most application forms are completed and returned to us.


The Organisers apologise to anyone who wished to add their name to the list but can only suggest that if they are interested in Highland Cross 2016, they mark 1 September 2015 in their diary as the date to register for an application form.


Cantraybridge College

Cantraybridge College have been a beneficiary from Highland Cross when in 2013 they received a 4x4 minibus and trailer.  In 2014 they provided the Cross with volunteers and a vehicle to support water station crews at Forest Boundary on the "Yellow Brick Road".  They are an organisation that fully embraces being part of the community of Highland Cross and in helping to raise funds for others through their support.  For details of their events visit www.cantraypark.co.uk/festivals.


Highland Cross have signed up with JustGiving to enable competitors to set up their own sponsorship page.  To make a donation or to create your own page to raise money visit www.justgiving.com/highlandcross.