About Highland Cross

  • Is a recognised Scottish Charity: SC026679.

  • Is an entirely voluntary organisation.

  • Is a top fundraising athletic event in the Highlands.

  • Is staged on a Saturday around Midsummer's Day in June every year.

  • Funds medical / health / care causes in the North of Scotland.

  • Helps those suffering ill health and disability of all kinds.

  • Has gifted over £5.3 million to local charities in 37 years.

  • Co-founders of the event, Gerry Grant and Calum Munro, were both awarded MBEs in 2016.

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).

  • The fastest time: 3 hours, 13 minutes and 31 seconds by Keith Murray, a New Zealand athlete.

  • Only 2 people have completed all 37 Highland Crosses up to 2019: John Talbot from Kyle, and David Rose from Edinburgh (originally from Inverness).

  • Those who 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 Wall.

  • Those who have completed 20 or more Highland Crosses:


Gary Angus

Alexander Brett

Graham Brooks
Martin Buchan

James Cameron
David Campbell

Ivar Campbell

Phil Cartwright
Henry Cassie
Bruce Christie
Helen Cole
John Considine

James Cooper
James Davidson

Brendan Docherty

Bill Downie

Derek Dunn
Brian Edment
Gay Faulkner

Richard Ferguson

Alan Findlay
Neil Findlay

Graham Forbes

Duncan Fraser
George Fraser

William Fraser
Kevin Gallacher

Philip Glennie

Alexander Graham

Rosie Hague

Mark Hamilton

Murray Harper

Carole Hawthorn
Daniel Hawthorn

Martine Hughes

Mary Johnson

Ian Kerr

David Kilshaw
Timothy Laing
Eric Lawther
Alisdair Lonnen

Richard Lonnen
Linda MacAuslan

Andrew MacDonald

Brian MacDonald

Iain Macdonald

Iain MacInnes

Eileen Mackenzie
Colin MacLean

Duncan MacLean
James MacLean

Roddy MacSween
Colin McAndrew

Iain McIntyre

Blair McKay

John McNally

David McPherson
David McPhie

Sylvia Main

John Middleton

Robin Mitchell

Graeme Moffat

Paul Moody

Peter Morgan





John Morrison

Iain Morton

David Munro

William Murray

David Newbigging

Alistair Norrie

Deborah Pegg

Martyn Pegg
Ben Preece
Ken Provan

David Rose

Peter Roska

Iain Russell
Rowland Shallcross

Alison Smith

John Smith

Tom Speirs
Elaine Stewart
James Sutherland

Murdo Sutherland
Ian Swann

John Talbot

Richard Talbot

Charlie Taylor

Bill Thomson

Michael Thomson

Ian Thorburn

Alasdair Tollemache

Brian Urquhart

Tony Wall

Mark Wilson
Jonathan Wotherspoon

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 far.

  • Every 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

  • Hydrotherapy Pools (5) - Drummond School; Ladysbridge Hospital, Banff; Nairn, Lochaber and the Dingwall Puffin Pool.

  • L'Arche, Inverness - Residential Home

  • Maggie's 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

Highland Cross has donated over 50 vehicles, mainly adapted mini-buses.  Donors include:-

  • British Red Cross

  • Cantraybridge College

  • Chest Heart and Stoke, Highland

  • Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS)

  • Highland Disability Sport

  • Highland Dyslexia Association

  • Highland Group Riding for the Disabled

  • Highland Blindcraft

  • The Oxygen Works

  • Seaforth House

  • Shopmobility

  • Skye & Lochalsh Mental Health Association

  • SNAP (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:

Local Heroes

What 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 deserved awards.