About Highland Cross
Scottish Charity: SC026679.
Is an entirely
athletic event in the Highlands.
Is staged on
around Midsummer's Day in June every year
Funds medical /
health / care causes in
the North of Scotland.
suffering ill health and disability of all kinds.
Has gifted over £5.3 million to local charities in 37 years.
of the event, Gerry Grant and Calum Munro, were both awarded MBEs in
The 'Sport for All' Occasion
Staging costs of about £40,000 currently are covered mainly by
team registration fees and by event sponsors obtained by the organisers.
The first event in 1983 was restricted to teams from the local
emergency services and ran from Kintail to
Inverness, fielding 41 teams (123 competitors).
time: 3 hours, 13 minutes and 31 seconds by Keith
Murray, a New Zealand athlete.
people have completed all 37 Highland Crosses up to 2019: John Talbot from Kyle, and
David Rose from Edinburgh (originally from Inverness).
have completed 30 or more Highland Crosses: Phil Cartwright; Brendan
Docherty; Derek Dunn; Graham Forbes; Philip Glennie; John Morrison;
David Rose; Murdo Sutherland; John Talbot; Brian Urquhart; Tony
have completed 20 or more Highland Crosses:
Fundraising by Teams - Every Penny Counts
Each team is asked to raise a minimum of £500 per team.
The team average over the past decade
has been over £1,100 per team.
The highest ever team total was £23,000 raised by a team from
the City of London in 1994.
£286,121 raised in the
37th year (2019) is the 2nd highest total so
penny banked by the teams goes directly to the nominated charities -
nothing is deducted for administration, running costs or expenses.
Annual Donations - Buildings
Some examples are:-
Highland Hospice - Morvich Ward
Raigmore Hospital - Highland Child Development Centre
Inverness Hospital Radio - New Studio
(5) - Drummond School; Ladysbridge Hospital,
Banff; Nairn, Lochaber and the Dingwall Puffin Pool.
L'Arche, Inverness - Residential Home
Cancer Caring Centre for the Highlands
Annual Donations - Equipment
Some practical gifts for:-
Tape Service for the Blind
The "Heart Start" campaign for Defibrillators
The Highland Scanner
Breathe Easy Highland
Crossroads Schemes, Highland
Osteoporosis Service in the Highlands
Annual Donations - Transport
Cross has donated over 50 vehicles, mainly adapted mini-buses.
Chest Heart and Stoke, Highland
Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)
Highland Dyslexia Association
Group Riding for the Disabled
Lochalsh Mental Health Association
(Special Needs Action Project)
Pace Setter for Sport in Charity Fundraising in the Region
Since 1983 the Highland sporting
charity calendar of events now includes:
some entrants have called “50 miles of midsummer magic” is due
entirely to the multi-talented army of dedicated volunteers and
resourceful organisations in the Safety and Welfare network on the day.
They have brought “Highland Hospitality” and good humoured
service to a new height. Appreciative
teams, happy organisers and very grateful charities are their reward.
Founders of Highland Cross honoured
Gerry Grant and Calum Munro were awarded MBEs in the Queen’s Birthday
Honours List in 2016.
As many of you will know, Gerry and Calum were co-founders of Highland
Cross back in 1983 and both had been involved over the 34 years of
running the event. In recent years, Calum has been principal
co-ordinator while Gerry is one of the three independent panellists who
choose the charities to be supported each year.
Each has given tens of thousands of hours of their time voluntarily over
the period. Many charities, competitors and volunteers have benefited
from their input and are proud to be associated with the event.
Highland Cross would not be in existence without these two gentlemen
coming up with the idea and we congratulate them on receiving their