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Saturday 28th April 2018

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Entries Open
Sunday 8th October 2017 at 21:00
Entries Close
Sunday 15th October 2017 at 21:00
Entries so Far
861 Participants
Pre-selection Entries
123 Participants
Entry Fees

£70.00 (without National Governing Body Membership)
£68.00 (with National Governing Body Membership)

Race Director - John Duncan
01505 503216

Welcolme to the 13th Highland Fling Race.

The 2018 race takes place on Saturday 28th April and is a point-to-point trail ultramarathon along the southern 53 miles (85km) of Scotland’s iconic West Highland Way trail through the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park from Milngavie to Tyndrum. 

The event is now 13 years old and has grown in popularity throughout the UK and beyond with approx. 25% of runners travelling from outside Scotland.  The race is limited to 1000 runners. Places will be allocated by BALLOT.

The 7 Day Entry Window will be open from 9pm Sunday 8th October until 9pm Sunday 15th October 2017.  After the window closes, the Fling Team will check that all runners meet the entry criteria (minimum of a road marathon in under 5 hours), following which, the ballot will take place.  All successful runners will then be emailed and asked to confirm and pay for the entry.  We hope to contact all successful entrants within 2 weeks of the Entry Window closing.


  • Distance: 53 miles (85 km)
  • Ascent: 2300m
  • Terrain: 90% trail/10% road
  • Full route is waymarked (no navigation required)
  • Chip-timed
  • There is a drop bag system in operation
  • Support Crews* allowed but can ONLY meet runners at the permitted checkpoints 
  • 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)

*If you want to have a support crew you must purchase a Vehicle Support Pass. This will allow your crew access to the permitted checkpoints. (Please note that support crews can ONLY provide support to runners at the permitted checkpoints.)

*Event Buses and Vehicle Support Passes must be booked and paid for prior to race day.  If you are offered a race place you will be able to book the buses/support passes at this point.


All Entrants £70.00 (£68.00 with UK Athetics governing body membership)

1000 places (very limited reserve list until all places are allocated).


All entries must be checked by the organisers and your place is NOT confirmed until your entry is accepted and then you are successful in the ballot.


You must have completed a road or trail race of marathon distance or beyond. If your longest race is a road marathon, finish time must be under 5 hours. If your longest race is a trail marathon, any finish time is acceptable. If you have completed an ultramarathon on road or trail, any finish time is acceptable. If you've 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 30th January 2018 to do so.

If you have completed some sort of a long distance off-road event that doesn't quite meet our entry criteria, you must email before submitting your entry. Long fell/hill races and very long distance trail walking events may be accepted at our discretion. Please note that Half Ironman events are not sufficient and we will not accept GPS data such as Strava/Garmin/Suunto logs.

We are LGBT friendly. We are non-binary friendly. You can enter our race as female, male or non-binary. If you are transgender, we are happy for you to enter and run in the gender category you identify with. All event portaloos and showers are gender neutral. We are fully committed to upholding all principles of of the Scottish LGBT Sports Charter.

Please visit the website for more information.

Many thanks

Johnny Duncan

Race Director

Highland Fling Race


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