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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 265 teams of 3 (795 persons) of all athletic abilities; walkers, joggers, runners and cyclists.

 

Highland Cross Latest News

Highland Cross 2016 - Saturday 18 June 2016

 

Highland Cross 2016
The list to receive competitor application forms for Highland Cross 2016 is now closed.

 

From the replies received from 2015 competitors, unsuccessful applications from previous years and new applications, we are again oversubscribed.  We have been bombarded with e-mails requesting that their names be added to the list to receive an application form at the end of January and we already have over 330 requests for the 265 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 2017, they mark 1st September 2016 in their diary as the date to register for an application form for 2017.

 

Nairnshire Challenge 2016

The Nairnshire Challenge is scheduled to take place on Sunday 22nd May 2016 – if you require further information on this see www.nairnshirechallenge.co.uk

 

Highland Cross 2015

 

Yet another record year for Highland Cross fundraising!

The record figure raised in 2014 from Highland Cross participants was £229,788 but this has been surpassed by Highland Cross 2015 competitors who have shattered the previous record by raising a superb total of £261,290!  This now means that Highland Cross has raised over £4,160,000 over the 33 years of the event.

 

On 19 November 2015 the 5 principal charities received presentations:

  • Highland Disability Sport have received funding for a specially converted vehicle.

  • Highland Hospice have received funding to create, for the first time, an en-suite family bedroom.

  • New Start Highland have received funding for a new IT system.

  • Sight Action have received funding for a new vehicle to increase accessibility to their services in rural areas.

  • Watermill Foundation have received funding for a vehicle and trailer to support their Highland wide outreach work to take cycling to children and adults with disabilities.

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 would once again like to thank competitors, sponsors and volunteers for their continued support of Highland Cross.

 

Top Fundraising Teams of 2015

 

Top 10

 

Team Amount Raised

 

Team Name

 

Competitor Names

1

 

£5,649.07

 

Over The Hill

 

Steven Scott

         

Kevin Smith

         

Stuart Laurence

2

 

£4,055.00

 

Stretched Armstrongs

 

Colin Armstrong

         

Iain Leighton

         

Michael Armstrong

3

 

£2,985.00

 

Bring Us Back For Beer

 

William Gray

         

Richard McGrail 

         

Douglas Boyle

4

 

£2,870.00

 

Affric HBB's

 

Jamie Freeman

         

Will Matthews

         

Jack Collins

5

 

£2,797.50

 

Pony Express

 

John Dean

         

Richard Dean

         

Rachel Chalmers

6

 

£2,654.80

 

Coast to Coast Busters

 

Julia Prestridge

         

Derek Dunn

         

Phil Prestridge 

7

 

£2,412.16

 

Affric Rats

 

Jonathan Wotherspoon

         

Timothy Laing

         

Fergus Laing

8

 

£2,390.00

 

Stay On Track

 

Andrew Philips

         

Martin Patience

         

Gordon Simpson

9

 

£2,280.58

 

The Duich Dreamers

 

Nicola Forbes

         

John MacDonald

         

Alan Hunter

10

 

£2,131.35

 

Cullicudden Colts

 

James MacLean 

         

Brian Philip

         

Gemma Sutherland

 

Alex Brett

It is with deep sadness that Highland Cross has to inform its community of the tragic death of one of our stalwart participants – Alex Brett from Dingwall.  Alex had completed 28 Crosses and took part as a member of the “The Three Amigos” team. A trio that had regularly won team prizes over the years.   A true Highland gentleman and committed outdoorsman he died after a fall on Liathach in the Torridon area.

 

Calum receives a deserved award
Everyone associated with Highland Cross was very pleased to hear that at the Highland Third Sector Awards 2015 held recently, our Co-founder and Organising Secretary of Highland Cross, Calum Munro was given an Outstanding Achievement Award.  This award was in recognition of his outstanding achievements within the Third Sector in Highland and the positive contribution that he has made to our community.  Among other achievements, this reflects his huge contribution to Highland Cross over 33 years and how his hard work, his organisation and his enthusiasm has benefited so many different charitable organisations within the Highland community.
 
Calum received a lovely plaque and scroll which were handed over by Mr John Finnie, MSP. 

 

Highland Cross 2015

Highland Cross 2015 took place on Saturday 20 June 2015.  The full results can be found here.

 

 

From L to R - Ewan McCarthy (3rd), Joe Symonds (1st), Gordon Lennox (2nd) and Janet McIver (1st lady)

 

Photography

Photography from Highland Cross 2015 is now available.  Click here to view photographs by Rob McConnell and click here to view photographs by David Stewart See also the Highland Cross gallery here.

 

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!

 

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.