The 2024 Lairig Ghru race will take place on Sunday 30th June. Entries will be open from late March/early April. Please check this website or our social media pages for updates on the specific date and detail on how to enter.

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 835m 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.

2023 Entry

£20.00. Online entry only, via the link above.

There are a maximum of 250 places. Once full we will run a waiting list. There will be no on the day entires.

Alll proceeds of the race, once costs are accounted for, go to charitable organisations, primarily the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team. If you are unable to attend you will receive a £10 refund (up to 3 weeks before race date, no refund will be given after this date).

The information and date for entires will be published on this website a couple of weeks before it goes live, it will also be shared through social media channels well in advance of this.
Normal channels include Facebook (Deeside Runners), Instagram (@lairigghrurace or @deesiderunners), SHR website.

Please monitor these sites as we will not be personally emailing people to let them know the date for entry.

In the meantime happy training 🙂

Race Start and Finish

The race was originally between the Police Stations in Braemar and Aviemore, although in recent years both the start and finish locations have moved.

Race StartRegistration will be at the Village Hall in Braemar with the Start on the road just outside.
The race starts at 10:00am.
Registration will open at 8:00am and close at 9:15am.
Please be ready to run at 9:45am so we can count and brief the runners before starting.
The hall has minimal facilities for changing / toilet facilities. Other toilets are located in the village by the public car park.
Race FinishREMEMBER THERE IS A NEW FINISH TO THE RACE.
The race finishes in Aviemore on Dalfaber Road by the water works and next to the tunnel under the railway by the bank, a map of the new finish line can be seen below.
Recording of times will cease at 4:30pm.
Competitors are asked to move away from the finish line once they have recovered enough to do so to avoid overcrowding.

Route

Click to open the route maps

Start Location
Finish Location

Race Rules

The Lairig Ghru is a Category C long hill race insured through Scottish Hill Runners, and run under Scottish Hill Runners rules

All runners are required to carry the following:

  • full waterproof body cover (taped seams)
  • hat (buff acceptable) and gloves
  • whistle
  • map and compass (a paper map is required, phone or GPX is not an acceptable alternative)
  • food and liquid

NB: There will be a kit check at the race start, no kit no race!

Runners are expected to be self sufficient and there are no regular drink or feed stations on the route, 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 are 2 checkpoints at Derry Lodge and at the Pools of Dee, both these points must be visited on your route.
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.

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.

There is no transferring of entries permitted. 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.

Transport

There will be bus transport arranged to take competitors back to Braemar after the race if needed.

If you book transport please note this is non refundable. Transport must be booked in advance as part of your online entry.

Small bags can be transported to the finish from Braemar for a change of clothes etc, these are left at the owners risk.

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded at 4.30pm. Venue for this to be confirmed.

Overall Men 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Overall Women 1st, 2nd, 3rd
First Veterans M40, F40, M50, F50, M60, F60 M70, F70
1st Team – M and F. Three runners to count

Records

Male – 2:58:10 – Murray Strain (2017)

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

Results

2022 Results

Results back to 2006: https://scottishhillrunners.uk/RaceResults.aspx

Results pre-2005: https://scottishhillrunners.uk/RaceResultsArchive.aspx

Race Report Archive