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Lairig Ghru Hill Race

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Sunday 6th September 2020

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Friday 14th August 2020
Entries Close
Sunday 30th August 2020
Entries so Far
123 Participants
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172 Participants
Entry Fees
Entry Fee   £16.00   

Strictly no entries on the day

Race Organiser - Andy Bain

The Lairig Ghru is a category C Long Hill Race run over 43km between the police stations of Braemar and Aviemore. This classic race takes place in a spectacular setting and follows an historic drove road rising to 2733ft between some of the highest peaks in Britain. A significant proportion of the race fees are donated to the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, therefore any additional donations are much appreciated.


The race begins promptly at 10.00am at the police station in Braemar. There is specific car parking for race competitors in the Highland Games park, this will be signposted as you enter the village, please use this facility.  There are also public conveniences at the car park, however there are no changing facilities. Please park considerately as the village is quite small and parking is at a premium, if you can, please share transport, better for the environment!


Runners are expected to be self sufficient and there are no regular drink or feed stations on the route, there is one water station early in the race at Derry Lodge and there are several burns which can be used for refilling at your own discretion. The route is unmarked, so please make yourself familiar with the whole route, including the last couple of miles.

Runners should typically be capable of a sub 4hr road marathon and be confident of completing the race in 6hrs. There is a 1hr30m cut off point at Derry Lodge - if you are not through within this time you will be asked to return to Braemar. There will be a sweeper runner and the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team will support the race from a base at the Pools of Dee. Runners withdrawing from the race must advise the organisers, sweeper, Rescue Team or the police as soon as possible. The Lairig Ghru is a Category C long hill race and runners are required to carry the following:

  • full waterproof body cove
  • hat (buff acceptable) and gloves
  • whistle
  • map and compass
  • food and liquid

All competitors must have their number clearly visible on the front of their body (preferably the torso), this is to ensure that we can account for everyone at each checkpoint. Numbers must not be folded or defaced in any way.

NB: There will be a kit check at the race start.


The race route is a mix of road, forest trails and rocky single track. The Luibeg burn can be challenging when in spate but there is a bridge crossing further upstream. Runners negotiate a boulder field at the Pools of Dee and good navigational skills may be required in adverse weather.

For more course details -

See OS maps 1:50,000 - 36 and 43


The race finishes in Aviemore on the main road opposite the police station. Care is required on this busy road. Recording of times will cease at 4.00pm, 6hrs after the start. Refreshments will be provided by the excellent Mountain Cafe and shower/changing facilities are available at the public facilities close by.


Runners kit can be transported from the start to the finish, one reasonably sized bag per competitor, please mark bags clearly.

Buses will be available to transport runners back to Braemar at an additional cost of £11. Please note transport must be booked in advance as part of your online entry. The bus will leave Aviemore at approximately 5.00pm.


Prize giving will be shortly after 4.00pm outside the Mountain Cafe.

Overall Men 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Overall Women1st,2nd,3rd                                                                                                                                                                                

First Veterans M40, M50, M60, F40, F50, F60

1st Team – three to count


Male - 2:58:10 – Murray Strain (2017)

Female - 3:32:38 – Lucy Colquhoun (2006)


Online entry £16.00  

Entry fees are not refunded, all proceeds of the race, once costs are accounted for, go to charitable organisations.

Collect numbers at the race start (Braemar Village Hall).


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