Runners pass the waterfall section near the top of the hill.

Like so many other things, the Highland Cross has been absent from the calendar for the last couple of years, meaning the last time the coast-to-coast challenge took place was 2019. That’s three long years with no Cross to look forward to, so it’s great that the event will be back this midsummer!

Please click here to support John in this year’s Highland Cross

It’s also good news for charities in the region who have turned to the Highland Cross to help with their fundraising, including many vehicles and other major investments that are made possible through the usually annual event.

This year the benefitting charities – which are decided by an independent panel – will be:

  • CCAST Highland – a small independent Christian charity based in Tain serving the Ross shire and Sutherland areas. For a people carrier to help with their work with vulnerable people across the region.
  • Glenurquhart Care Project – day care centre for older people offering day care, domestic support, befriending, in-house and home-based respite, laundry services, a handyperson service, drop-in lunches and telecare volunteers. For a replacement minibus – the last one provided through the Highland Cross in 2012 is well used and in need of replacement.
  • Reach4Reality – working with autistic young people offering outdoor activity breaks tailored to individual needs. For a nine-seater vehicle to replace current set-up of parents/volunteers offering lifts in private cars.
  • The Oxygen Works – provides practical, social and emotional support to people from across the north of Scotland, including through oxygen therapy for people with a range of conditions. For support with the purchase and installation of oxygen generation equipment.

Each team of three taking part in the Highland Cross is expected to raise a minimum amount of £500 – though the average amount raised per team is much higher than this. That way, more can be done to help these and other charities in the Highlands, which receive further smaller donations through the event.

So, if you’d like to support the work they do – and give me and my team a helping hand in completing the 50-mile duathlon – please consider sponsoring me on the link below:

Thank you for your support! I can’t wait to get back to the Cross for the first time since 2019!

Meg and John celebrate reaching Beauly after the 2019 Highland Cross. Featured image: Runners reach the top of the waterfall section on the way to Glen Affric.

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