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Saturday 27th April 2024

Entries Open
Sunday 12th November 2023 at 21:00
Entries Close
Tuesday 5th March 2024
Entries So Far
705 Participants
Pre-selection Entries
32 Participants
Entry Fees

£100.00 (without National Governing Body Membership)
£98.00 (with National Governing Body Membership)

Race Director - John Duncan
07941 670623

Welcome to the 16th Highland Fling Race.

The 2024 race takes place on Saturday 27th April and is a point-to-point trail ultramarathon along the southern 53 miles (85 km) of Scotland’s iconic West Highland Way trail through the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park from Milngavie to Tyndrum. 


  • Distance: 53 miles (85 km)
  • Ascent 2300m / Descent 2100m
  • Terrain: 90% trail / 10% road
  • Full route is waymarked (no navigation required)
  • Chip-timed
  • There is a drop bag system in operation
  • Free Luggage transport from start to race finish
  • Event Buses* available pre-race to the start from Tyndrum and Glasgow, and post-race back to the start in Milngavie from the finish (extra cost)

*Event Buses places are limited and must be booked and paid for prior to race day.  Buses will be made available to book following the allocation of the race places.  All runners will be emailed when the buses are available.  We advise booking them ASAP as seat numbers are limited.


750 places available on a first come first served basis

(a reserve list will be opened if the event sells out)

Entry fee £100.00 (£98.00 with UK Athletics governing body membership)


To qualify for the 2024 event, you must at some point in the past have completed an ultramarathon, a road marathon or a trail marathon.  If your longest race is a road marathon, the finish time must be under 5 hours. If you have completed an ultramarathon on road or trail, any finish time is acceptable. If you have done a road marathon in over 5 hours BUT it was at the end of an Ironman, that's acceptable. 

If you haven't already completed such an event then you have until 4th March 2024 to do so.

Long fell/hill races and very long distance walking events may be accepted at our discretion. Please note that GPS data such as Strava/Garmin/Suunto logs from training runs are not accepted.



1) Runners are not allowed external support at any time. No support runners/pacers. Spectators are welcome at specific locations.
2) All runners must carry a waterproof jacket with a hood, an emergency foil blanket and charged/switched on mobile phone.
3) It is strictly FORBIDDEN for any participant to run in place of another runner. No one is allowed to run using another runner's race number.
4) No running poles. No dogs accompanying runners.  No littering.
5) Limited earphone use allowed.


Minimum age for entrants is 20 years old (on race day).



The Highland Fling has been chosen to host the 2024 Scottish Athletics National Ultra Trail Championships. For more information. please see the website



  • Up until 31st December 2023 75% of the entry fee will be refunded if you withdraw by emailing the organisers.
  • After the 31st December 2023 no refunds will be given.
  • No deferrals to 2025 are available.
  • No transfers of places to other runners are available
  • In the event of withdrawal from the event, any charity donations made at the time of entry are NOT refundable.

 We strongly advise that runners take out the offered XCOVER insurance during the entry process.


We are pleased to be supporting Haldane Youth Services this year.  Based in Balloch this registered charity (SC038681) delivers after school activities for children in the West Dunbartonshire area.  
Their aims and objectives include providing opportunities to children to broaden and raise their aspirations using a variety of activities to positively engage young people into arts, culture, community, outdoor and healthy living activities.


We are LGBT friendly. We are QIA+ and non-binary friendly. You can enter our race as female, male or non-binary.  If you are trans, you can run in the gender category with which you identify, subject to compliance with current SA/UKA rules of competition, which the organisers must adhere to.  Recent changes to these rules of competition sadly severely restrict the ability of trans athletes to participate. Please contact us for assistance if you are trans and unsure what this means for you. We will be reassessing the event's association with SA/UKA ahead of the 2025 event due to these recent changes.  All event portable toilets and showers are gender neutral.

We are fully committed to upholding all principles of the Scottish LGBT Sports Charter and aim to be as inclusive as possible. The organisers have a zero tolerance policy to any form of discrimination. ‚Äč

Many thanks

Johnny Duncan

Race Director

Highland Fling Race


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This event offers the option to purchase XCover, so that participants may be able to get a refund if they are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

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