Lairig Ghru Race

In light of the guidance issued by the Scottish Hill Runners on 17th March we are looking at amending the entry system for the race. This will hopefully allow you to register for the race without payment. This will let both you and us to plan for the race in the hope it can go ahead, we will make a call on any cancellation in good time so as not to incur any undue costs or exacerbate any situation regarding COVID-19.

Entries will now open for the race on Saturday 21st March at 1900, to enter click here.

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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 and any additional donations are 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.


Runners are expected to be self sufficient but there are drink stations at Mar Lodge and Derry Lodge. The route is unmarked. Runners should typically be capable of a sub 4hr road marathon and be confident of completing the race in 6hrs. In fairness to other runners, competitors taking longer than 6hrs cannot be guaranteed coach transport back to Braemar. There is a 1hr 30m 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 cover
  • hat (buff acceptable) and gloves
  • whistle
  • map (see link below) 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: For your safety, our insurance and to ensure a level playing field, you will be required to carry this kit whatever the weather conditions on the day and there will be a check at registration of each competitors kit, persons not complying will not be allowed to compete.


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 following prize giving and no later than 5.00pm.


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

Men 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Women 1st, 2nd & 3rd

Veterans MV40, MV50, MV60, FV40, FV50, FV60

only one prize per person.

1st Team Men & Women – three to count (based on a points system for individual places:

1st = 1pt, 2nd = 2pts etc – lowest cumulative score wins.


Male – 2:58:10– Murray Strain (2017)

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


Online entry only – £16.00 (no refunds)

Due to the large waiting list, there will be no substitutions.  The transferring of numbers to a person not legitimately entered into the event will result in both parties being banned from future races and will be reported to the Scottish Hill Runners committee.

Please bear in mind that funds raised from this race go to the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue team.

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