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.


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.

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Highland Cross 2019 - Saturday 22 June 2019

Highland Cross 2019 – 22 June

The application deadline has now passed and balloting has been completed as the event was heavily oversubscribed this year.  There were over 150 applicants (over 50 teams) who were unsuccessful in getting a team in this year’s event.

All successful/unsuccessful teams have been notified on 15 February 2019.

Please see our updated FAQs for more information.



Highland Cross 2018


Highland Cross breaks the £5 million barrier with another fantastic fundraising year – 11th record in the last 13 years!

The record figure raised in 2017 from Highland Cross participants was £280,346 but this has been surpassed by Highland Cross 2018 competitors raising an incredible total of £307,566!  This now means that Highland Cross has raised over £5 million over the 36 years of the event.


On 22 November 2018, the 5 principal charities received presentations:

  • Abriachan Forest Trust received £26,500 to create a small respite centre

  • Blythswood Care received £29,330 to purchase a vehicle to support its foodbank work

  • Highland Hospice received £20,625 for a new vehicle to support their retail operation

  • The Oxygen Works received £40,306 for a new adapted minibus

  • Skye & Lochalsh Mental Health Association received £43,563 to purchase a van and storage containers to support their retail operation

In addition to the primary causes, the participants’ success will also allow some smaller grants totalling over £145,000 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 10


Team Amount Raised


Team Name


Competitor Names












No Strokes Today


William Gray







Richard McGrail







Allan Maguire












Lovat Lung Busters


Simon Lovat







Jack Fraser







Max Konig














Hamish Salvesen







Neil Haddow







Oliver Salvesen












Over The Hill


Steven Scott







Hector Mackay







Alistair Douglas












Five 11


Lindsay McCallum







Andrew Smith







Raymond Wright












Spot The Builders


Gordon Simpson







Andrew Philip







John Morrison












Culloden Colts


James Maclean







Peter Roska







Brian Philip












Squeek & Creak


David Whitby







Calum Miller







Frazer Grant












Doug's Disciples


David Steele







John Scott







Steven Setford












A Projector, Erector and a Director


David Kilshaw







James Cooper







Scott Gillespie




Highland Cross 2019


The list to receive application forms for Highland Cross 2019 is now CLOSED


From the replies received from 2018 competitors, unsuccessful applications from previous years and new applications, we are again oversubscribed.  We have received a large number of 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 well over 380 requests for the 265 teams available.  If everyone returns their completed forms, we will again be involved in balloting.


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 2020, they mark 2nd September 2019 in their diary as the date to register for an entry for 2020.



Highland Cross on Facebook 


Highland Cross now has a Facebook page - www.facebook.com/thehighlandcross


It is full of news about the event, important dates for the 2019 event, information about the folk who make it happen and the charities we support and who support us. There are a lot of comments about the event being posted.   The comment below was left by Nigel MacGillivary one of this year’s participants – he really grasps what the Cross is all about!


"...truly is a unique community event from the coffee stall at the start to the post race buffet and everything before, in between and after."



Highland Cross 2018

Highland Cross 2018 took place on Saturday 23 June.  The full list of individual results can be found here.



Photography from Highland Cross 2018 is available here:

Lost Property
If a competitor forgets to collect any of their belongings after the event, please contact James Campbell, Beauly on 01463 783939 or 07599 722 420.


Highland Cross 2018 commemoratives
You may be looking at what to purchase to mark your contribution to Highland Cross 2018 either as a supporter or participant.  Long standing supporters of Highland Cross, The Sign Centre, are selling a range of commemorative items including sweat wicking tee shirts and heavy cotton hoodies.  Click here to see examples of the designs and the order form.



Highland Cross have signed up with JustGiving and Virgin Money Giving to enable competitors to set up their own sponsorship page.  To make a donation or to create your own page to raise money click here to visit our JustGiving page or click here to visit our Virgin Money Giving page.