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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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.  Click here to set up a page for 2024.