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North Highland Harriers endure tough day at record-breaking Highland Cross


By John Davidson

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North Highland Harriers (from left) Lorna Stanger, Michael Sutherland, John Budge and Kenny MacGruer at the Highland Cross.
North Highland Harriers (from left) Lorna Stanger, Michael Sutherland, John Budge and Kenny MacGruer at the Highland Cross.

Athletes from North Highland Harriers were among more than 750 who took part in the 40th staging of the Highland Cross on Saturday.

The long-running event, which sees competitors run then cycle a total of 50 miles from Kintail through Glen Affric and Strathglass to Beauly, included a record-breaking finish.

Ewan Brown from Edinburgh took 18 seconds off the course record which had stood for 31 years. The 37-year-old won the men’s race in a time of three hours, 13 minutes and 13 seconds.

The previous record had been held since 1993 when Keith Murray from New Zealand won in a time of 3:13.31.

Catriona Graves won the women’s race for the second consecutive year, finishing in a time of 3:54.37.

Among the Caithness contingent at the event were North Highland Harriers members Michael Sutherland (4:22.14), Kenny MacGruer (4:24.13), Hanna Ward-Penny (4:24.40), John Budge (5:00.30), Lorna Stanger (5:15.02), Nikki Gordon (5:45.44), Robbie Anderson (6:23.37) and Martine Hughes (6:39.40).

John Budge of North Highland Harriers in Beauly after finishing the 2024 Highland Cross.
John Budge of North Highland Harriers in Beauly after finishing the 2024 Highland Cross.

The Highland Cross was celebrating its 40th event, having raised more than £5.9 million for north charities over the last four decades.

A number of volunteers from Caithness were also involved in helping out at the event on Saturday.


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