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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.  For further information on this see www.nairnshirechallenge.co.uk

 

Making it happen
Highland Cross happens because a huge selection of individuals, charities and supporting organisations come together to create the community that delivers the event.  The Organisers are often asked about our challenges in delivering the event. There are lots, but we have a superb team who make it happen for the participants.

 

As an example one of the biggest logistical exercises is moving all the 700+ bikes to Affric! The transport is led by Murray Campbell with his team of drivers from R&F Campbell Ltd. Tractor units from Murray's firm haul 40' container trailers from R&F Campbell Ltd, MacCallum Haulage Ltd, Muir of Ord and TOM Vehicle Rental, Nairn. The access road to Affric is a real challenge and requires huge skill to negotiate it with such large vehicles.

 

Without this generous donation of equipment and skill Highland Cross could not happen.  As participants prepare for their day, we ask them to remember the remarkable Community whose  generosity makes it possible. They make it happen so that the participants challenge and  experience can generate funds for great Highland causes - we ask them to honour the efforts of the  supporting community by maximising their fund raising!

 

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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

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 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.