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.


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Highland Cross 2016 - Saturday 18 June 2016


Highland Cross 2016


The list to receive competitor application forms for Highland Cross 2016 is now closed.  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 Children's Unit about to go operational

Calum Munro represented Highland Cross at the preview of the new Highland Children's Unit on 25th April. The Unit officially receives patients on 9th May and a large group of funders and supporters of the project gathered to be shown round.

The facilities are extremely impressive and look nothing like a standard NHS facility. Great effort has gone into making them as child and young person friendly as possible with enhanced facilities for parents/carers to be with seriously ill children.

The £40,000 of Highland Cross funding from the 2012 event will be combined with the funds raised this year to pay for the fitting out of the High Dependency Unit (HDU) a key area of the new Unit. The attached photograph shows the Nurse's Station in the HDU and gives a taste of the decoration and quality of finish in the whole unit.  Another wonderful example of what the wonderful folk of the Community of Highland Cross have achieved for the wider Highland Community!



Highland Cross congratulates Calman Trust on their latest venture

Over the years Highland Cross has been proud to support Calman Trust in their work with Highland young people. Your fund raising has purchased machines for their work wear enterprise and a refrigerated vehicle for their outside catering business and they are our caterers of choice for our annual celebration and gift evening. The attached link takes you to an article about their latest venture, running the staff canteen for SSE's HQ in Inverness.  Yet another high quality organisation that forms part of the Community of Highland Cross!




Angus MacKenzie OBE, CA
It is with great sadness that I must inform the Community of Highland Cross of the sudden death of Angus MacKenzie.
Angus came into the Community of Highland Cross through his involvement with Highland Riding for the Disabled - only one of many charities that benefitted from his commitment and acumen.  With him he brought his colleagues and staff from his accountancy firm MacKenzie Kerr and beyond his retirement Angus was a loyal supporter of the Cross and his colleagues became the very backbone of the administration and financial aspects of the Cross which they have remained through the intervening decades.  Angus's nephew John Fraser, our current treasurer, has strengthened the link to the Cross.  Angus was a keen shooter and for many years combined his duties at the Start Registration tables with discharging his 12 bore to start folk on their way.  Angus's funeral was a testament to a life of service to his community and marked the passing of a man who was the very epitome of a Highland Gentleman.
Calum Munro, Co Founder and Organising Secretary, Highland Cross



Highland Cross is delighted to send its congratulations to Birchwood Highland, a charity that is part of our Community, for their achievements in the recently released Care Commission Annual Inspection results.

Staff and service users at local mental health charity Birchwood Highland are celebrating great results from two visits by the Care Inspectorate, to the Inverness Support Service, the Lochaber Support Service and the Easter Ross Support Service, the Care Inspectorate awarded all three services the top rating ‘Excellent’.  The services provide housing support and care at home to individuals across the region.  The same grade was awarded to Birchwood Highland’s Recovery Centre after another unannounced inspection of the 23-bedroomed facility in Inverness, where individuals are supported by a dedicated team of nurses and support workers.  Birchwood Highland are nominated as a major beneficiary from Highland Cross 2016 and volunteers from the charity will be working in the Finish Area in Beauly Square on the 18th June.

The Community of the Cross – Making the day happen
This example shows the quality of the causes that Highland Cross is honoured to support. Volunteers from twenty charities supported by Highland Cross this year or through previous fundraising will be working to make the day happen and to bring in essential funds for Highland causes.



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. 



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.