HIGHLAND CROSS - the unique coast to coast midsummer charity duathlon

 

 

 

Highland Cross

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.

 

Highland Cross exists to raise money for causes that benefit the people of Highland, disadvantaged by disability, ill health or social need.

 

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. Teams must pledge to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship for the charities nominated by Highland Cross.

 

Charities interested in becoming beneficiaries from Highland Cross should consult the "Charities" page and fully examine the funding conditions before applying.

 

Highland Cross Latest News

Highland Cross 2024 - 22 June 2024

12 April 2024

To all registered participants of Highland Cross 2024

The event information booklet and event numbers will be issued to all participants today by email from SiEntries.  Please add SiEntries email to your contacts list to prevent future communications from them going to spam/junk boxes.

Please use the links within the booklet to set up your Justgiving fundraising page and/or download the sponsor sheet.  Both of these can be found on page 8 of the booklet and in the FAQs section above.

Bulletins will be issued to each participant via SiEntries over the next few months and will also be saved in the News Bulletin section above.

Please read the information booklet!

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Monday 4th March 2024

All team entry owners can now carry out substitutions within their teams, up until Monday 17th June.  See FAQs section for more information on this process.

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15th February 2024

Payment reminder – deadline is Thursday 22nd February

Team entry owners are reminded that if they want to take up the offer of a team for this year’s Highland Cross, then they need to complete the process by paying the entry fee before the deadline of 23.59hrs this Thursday 22nd February – see your acceptance email from SiEntries on 2nd February.

 

You should log in to SiEntries and go to My Entries to find your Highland Cross 2024 event and click on Edit to convert your entry to a Full one by accepting all the terms and conditions, and this will take you to the payment process.

 

If payment is not received by midnight on 22nd February, your team place may be offered to one of the teams on the waiting list.

 

Pay without delay!

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30th January 2024

To all who requested a link to apply for a team for Highland Cross 2024, the deadline is 23.59hrs tomorrow, 31st January.   There will be a ballot to determine team places and all teams will be notified in early February if they have been successful or otherwise in the ballot.   Successful teams will be then be asked to make payment of the team entry of £180 by 22nd February to secure their place. 

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28th December 2023

Highland Cross - 22nd June 2024 – 40th Anniversary – electronic entry application process

 

We will again be using SiEntries www.sientries.co.uk for online team applications for the 2024 event.  Highland Cross will not be listed as one of their events as it is invitation only event.  SiEntries will be contacting all registered team contacts on 4 January 2024 with a single use link to allow them to apply for a team.  As in the past, balloting will be necessary in order to determine who will be invited to take part.   For further information on the entry process, please see the notes in the FAQs section.

 

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24th November 2023

HIGHLAND CROSS 2023

 

Highland Cross reaches over £5.9million!

 

The figure raised in 2023 from Highland Cross participants is £329,378!

 

The participants in Highland Cross 2023 have done an outstanding fundraising job and raised a magnificent sum for Highland Charities!

 

 

Five fantastic causes are main beneficiaries this year:

Àban – are purchasing a new vehicle

Caberfeidh Horizons – are purchasing a new vehicle

Friends of Cameron House – are purchasing a new vehicle

Highland Hospice – are purchasing a new van for their retail department

Partnerships for Wellbeing - who have purchased a new wheelchair adapted car

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.

Two teams organised by Highland Cross stalwart and Highland businessman Willie Gray comprising of folk from the Edinburgh based investment management firm Baillie Gifford raised an astonishing sum of £33,853 as the top fundraisers this year. Their amazing achievement will be recognised with a special award in the New Year and the Fundraising award for a standard three person team goes to a team called Mid Life Crossers with a total of £4,885.43.  

Top Fundraising Teams 2023

Raised (£)

Team Name

Competitors

4,885.43

Mid Life Crossers

Hamish Matheson, Tommy Dallmeyer, Guy Phillips

4,187.11

Douglas Russell

Rosie Russell, Charlotte Mountain, Iain Russell

4,080.00

The Cross Boys

Mark Smith, Kevin McDonald, Bryan Cameron

3,415.00

Over the Hill

Steven Scott, Colin Maclean, Calum Matheson

3,311.97

Team Highland

Kris Frampton, Kay Skinner, Charlie Morrison

3,211.70

Squeek and creek

Deryck Brown, James Tree, Mick Rimmer

3,145.00

Farrar Frasers

George Fraser, Andrea Fraser, Jamie Robson

2,909.32

Dougs Disciples

David Steele, Steven Setford, John Scott

2,725.11

ASAcross

Louise Macleod, Sheila Smith, Neil Allardice

2,601.00

Stunt Nuts

Jonny Macleod, Scott Macdonald, Stephen Morrison

 

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1st September 2023 – 5pm

Sorry - the list to receive a team application for Highland Cross 2024 is now closed

From the replies received from 2023 competitors, unsuccessful applications from previous years and new applications, we are again oversubscribed.  We have this morning received a large number of emails requesting that their names be added to the list to receive a link to apply for a team at the beginning of January 2024.  If everyone returns their completed applications, we will again be involved in balloting.

All requests received up to 5pm today will be added to the list and are being acknowledged.

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 2025, they mark 2nd September 2024 in their diary as the date to register for a team application for 2025.

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25 August 2023

Reminder that new entries open for Highland Cross 2024 on Friday 1st September 2023. Competitors who took part in 2023 have already had the chance to priority register by returning their postcards

On past experience, we are flooded with applications and potential competitors are advised to send an email early in the morning to us on info@highlandcross.co.uk to request to be put on the list to receive an application link as the list may close without notice, some years even before noon.  All email requests will be acknowledged in due course.

Team applications will be sent out via an email link from SiEntries online entry system to all registered team contacts in the first week of January 2024.

Please see our FAQs section for more information.

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Highland Cross 2023

Highland Cross 2023 took place on Saturday 17 June 2023.  727 competitors started the event, with 716 completing the course and 11 retirements.  A full list of individual results can be found here.

 

Photography

Robin McConnell's images of Highland Cross are available from the website: www.21cphotos.com

 

Where do I send sponsor money?

Sponsor money should be banked (details below) or send cheque(s) to Highland Cross, Redwood, 19 Culduthel Road, Inverness, IV2 4AA, with competitor number on reverse of cheque (along with sponsor sheets if applicable, to enable gift aid to be claimed).

 

If you wish to pay by online banking, the sponsorship account details are:

  • Account name:  Highland Cross

  • Account no:  00439605

  • Sort code:  80-91-26

Please quote your surname and competitor number in the payment reference e.g.  SMITH  123
 

Where do I send my completed sponsor sheets?

Please send to Highland Cross Organisers, Redwood, 19 Culduthel Road, Inverness, IV2 4AA.  Please write your name and competitor number on the top of each sheet.

 

Justgiving

All sponsor money donated through Justgiving is paid directly into the Highland Cross bank account and we have access to a complete breakdown of the amounts received by this method in order to ensure that all amounts are credited to team totals.  Competitors who raise their money through Justgiving do not need to send anything further to the organisers - the team contact will be notified in early September of the total amount raised by his/her team and asked to get in touch with the organisers should he/she disagree with this total.

 

Lost Property
These items are being held at Redwood, 19 Culduthel Road, Inverness, IV2 4AA (office of MacKenzie Kerr, Chartered Accountants - 9-5pm Monday to Friday).   Please phone 07729 892 702 if you would like to arrange for anything to be sent out.

 

Hardback - My Story, Sarah The Duchess of York

Pale blue Hydrapeak bottle

Blue "Your water your life" bottle

Black Crivit walking pole

Navy shorts

Lime green Nike running top

Dermol 500 lotion

Garmin timer

Visatec snood

Bicycle mirror

Black Xlite cap

Keys on pink keyring

Decathlon Btwin strap

Black Truflo bike pump

Siemens Healthineers pen

Leffingwell Prizm P reflective glasses

 

Event Merchandise - The Sign Centre, Inverness have once again produced commemorative merchandise for the event.  The graphic for this year features the route profile against the date.  This link will take you to their website page displaying the full range and order process.

 

https://signcentreinverness.co.uk/highland-cross/

 

 

The following are statements from the charities that are to benefit from Highland Cross 2024

 

Cantraybridge

Cantraybridge is Highland’s unique further education college for young adults with additional support needs, and a crucial element in the educational and care landscape in our region. We’re rightly ambitious that our young people fulfil their potential and become valued members of their communities.   

Due to the lack of educational and care services for young adults with additional support needs, Cantraybridge College wishes to continue to develop bespoke programme of support, therapy and care for these young people, all of whom struggle to access conventional educational facilities.

We have an immediate and pressing benefit to replace our dilapidated 17-seater minibus, which is becoming increasingly expensive in terms of repairs.    

A new minibus would allow us to maintain and expand our crucial services.  These include student transport to/from college; outings for educational, health, social and leisure purposes and for holidays. We cannot operate without our transport, and we cannot expand our unique services to reach young people with additional support needs without this.

We’d also like to welcome more nursery/school groups to our 19-acre campus to enjoy our outdoor educational facilities, and to invite more older people’s groups for leisure visits.  Reliable transport would also enhance our Highland wide employability/enterprise services.

A gift of a minibus would be a prayer answered, potentially bringing immediate and sustained benefits to a range of disadvantaged people across Highland.

 We are deeply grateful to the Highland Cross selection panel for considering our application.

 


Highland BlindCraft

Highland BlindCraft is an ethically run commercial charity, employing and supporting local people across Inverness and the Highlands.

Highland BlindCraft funds its workplace and education through the manufacture and retail of high-quality mattresses, divans and headboards – with all items handmade to standard or bespoke measurements in its city-centre factory in Inverness. 

Across Scotland, the employment rate for disabled people aged 16-64 is 49.6% – significantly lower than the rate for non-disabled people (80.8%). This is why, for generations, we’ve supported those in our community, who might otherwise be overlooked, gain employment in a supportive environment that builds confidence and offers invaluable workplace experience.

Having adapted our services over the years, we’ve been able to provide a range of opportunities for skills development and training that would not ordinarily be available in a working environment to those living with a disability. This includes continuing our legacy by teaching practical skills in mattress and bed-making, as well as providing courses in IT, numeracy and literacy, and industry certification in accounting, digital marketing and health and safety.

Highland BlindCraft’s current delivery van is nearing the end of its life and will require replacement. This is in integral part of the stellar customer service Highland BlindCraft provides its customers, and without a replacement van there would be detrimental knock-on effects to Highland BlindCraft sales. A new van provided by Highland Cross would allow Highland BlindCraft to continue driving sales in order to provide support for people working with disabilities.

 


 

Highland Disability Sport

People with disabilities miss out on group/club activities as they have been unable to access adequate transport to meet their needs. This also impacts on them travelling to participate at a national level in their chosen sports as the cost of hiring can be expensive and there is no guarantee they will be able to hire as availability for specialised transport is limited.

There are more clubs/groups now from around the Highlands that need support and with no available specialised transport available, miss their events. Being part of a club/group activity is a particularly important part of a disabled persons life as the fellowship gives them social interaction with others, prevents isolation and is good for their mental health.

Highland Disability Sport have a proven record at a Local/National level of taking teams in all sports to events all around the country. This has led to many getting selected for National Teams representing their country as well as the Highlands in their chosen sports. Having been curtailed without its own mini-bus over the last 3 years participants young and old have potentially missed some of these opportunities.

We have recently appointed a new events coordinator to encourage more activities and have also identified drivers that would be used to support the groups. They would undergo the necessary mini-bus training required for Highland Disability Sport to transport individuals or teams to events whether in Highland Area or to National events.  This bus would be accessible to groups all over Highlands to assist them in transport needs not met currently.


 

L'Arche Highland

L’Arche Highland is one of 11 vibrant and inclusive Communities that make up L’Arche in the UK, where people with and without learning disabilities live and work together to build a more human world for everyone.  Each has its own Leadership Team, bank account and budget which means we operate with a significant level of autonomy and subsidiarity.  

In January 2023, our Support Service was rated “Grade 6: Excellent”, the highest possible by the Scottish Social Care Inspectorate, for its level of compassion, dignity and respect. 

We have been part of Highland life since 1975 when Braerannoch on Drummond Crescent, Inverness was gifted to us. Four people living on institutional wards at Craig Phadrig Hospital were invited to move there and share a home.   More than 70 people now access our services through four residential houses, supported living and over-subscribed, interesting day programmes.  Whichever provision one chooses, everyone is invited to Community events and is part of the L’Arche Highland.

Highland Cross funding would help purchase a 7 seater MPV with additional safety and care features.  It will be used for individual and pooled journeys to and from our day workshops, outings, attending health appointments and visiting friends and family, significantly enhancing the lives of those we support and adding an extra dimension to our Community.

 

We are deeply grateful for being selected as a beneficiary of the 2024 Highland Cross and we wish the athletes well with their training and offer our heartfelt thanks to sponsors, volunteers and organisers.

 


 

Highland Cross have signed up with JustGiving to enable competitors to set up their own sponsorship page.  A link will be available here shortly to set up a page for 2024.