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How can I contact the organisers?
By e-mail on info@highlandcross.co.uk or by telephoning 07729 892 702.

How do I get a team entry to Highland Cross?
List opens on 1st September 2017 to new applicants for 2018.  E-mail us on info@highlandcross.co.uk early on 1st September 2017 with the name and address details of the principal team contact – the list usually closes very shortly thereafter due to being oversubscribed (in recent years the list has been closed by 12noon). Being on the list does not guarantee a place in Highland Cross – it merely guarantees that an application form will be sent out by post to you.

 

What are the provisional dates for Highland Cross for future years?

Highland Cross is held on the Saturday which falls between 17th and 23rd June each year.  The dates for 2018 onwards are as follows:

  • 23rd June 2018

  • 22nd June 2019

  • 20th June 2020

What is the minimum age for entrants?

You must be 18 or over on the day of the event.   (No maximum age limit, yet!)


How much is it to enter?
£45 per person (£135 per team).  If unsuccessful in the ballot, the entry fees will be returned to the team contact.
 

When are team application forms sent out?
By post at end of January, to be returned by 28th February.

When will I know if my team has been selected?
Ballot takes place in early March so the team contact should hear by 10th March.

When will each team member receive their event information pack?
April – this gives details of the event and principal benefiting charities.

 

What time do runners and walkers leave from Kintail?

Runners and joggers all leave at the main start at 11.00am from Kintail.  Walkers leave 2 hours earlier at 9.00am.


Can team be a mix of runners and walkers?
Yes, it can be any combination of runners/walkers.

Can you change from runner to walker and vice versa?
Yes, but let organisers know beforehand if possible for the purpose of allocating bus transport to start of event.

Does a team of runners/walkers have to stick together on the route?
No, each member can go at their own pace and team position is based on the aggregate finishing positions. 
You are only entering as a team in respect of team prizes and the obligation to raise the minimum £500 team sponsorship.

What happens if a team member pulls out before the race and no replacement can be found? Can the team still enter?
Yes, but teams should always consist of 3 members to qualify for prizes. No team will be disqualified for having 2 or even 1 member taking part at the last minute due to injuries etc.

Substitutes
Substitutes are accepted up until the Monday before the event, as long as the organisers have a fully completed, signed substitute form in their hands by that date.  A substitute is not accepted until he/she receives a booklet made out in his/her name.  The organisers reserve the right to refuse any substitute application.  N
o substitutions will be accepted on the day of the event.

 

If a team cannot find a substitute themselves, they should contact the organisers as they often have names of people who would like to compete. The substitute fee is £40. The substitute form is printed at the back of the competitor’s booklet.  A substitute is not accepted until he/she receives his/her own documentation from the organisers.

If a substitute come in and pays his/her fee, are the original entry fees refundable?

No.  Every year we have a number of substitutes which can be accepted up until the Monday before the event.  At Highland Cross we try to minimise all administration costs and we budget for entry fees coming in from the full number of teams originally invited and a certain number of substitutes coming in each year.

How much sponsor money do I need to raise?

Each team pledges to raise a minimum of £500 for nominated charities. Highland Cross is itself a charity and annually nominates principal beneficiary charities so all fundraising from the event is paid first to Highland Cross who then distribute it to the charities for their selected projects.  (See Charities section of website for current year’s nominated charities).

 

Where do I send sponsor money?

 

Sponsor money should be banked with pay-in slip provided with the Information booklet or send cheque/cheques to Highland Cross, Redwood, 19 Culduthel Road, Inverness, IV2 4AA, with competitor number on reverse of cheque (along with sponsor form, if applicable, to enable gift aid to be claimed).

 

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

 

Account no:  00439605

Sort code:  80-91-26

 

Please quote your competitor number and surname in the payment reference e.g. 0123  SMITH
 

Where do I send my completed sponsor forms?

 

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 form.

 

Justgiving - quick link for setting up fundraising page

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising-page/creation/?cid=172882&eid=4182088

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 is asked to get in touch with the organisers should he/she disagree with this total.

 

Virgin Money Giving donations

As with Justgiving, all sponsor money donated through Virgin Money Giving is paid directly into the Highland Cross bank account.  Competitors who raise their money through this method do not need to send anything further to the organisers


If I take a bag to the start of the event, can it be taken back to the finish in Beauly for me?
Yes, there is a “Bag Van” at the start and at the changeover points of the event so that competitors may leave their belongings to be transported back to Beauly for them. All bags should have a competitor number tag attached to identify them.

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.

 

T-Shirts/Sweatshirts

The Sign Centre, 33 Harbour Road, Inverness, IV1 1UG (tel: 01463 716060) produce the t-shirts etc each year prior to the event.  An order form is included in each competitor’s information booklet pack.