Lairig Ghru Race

LAIRIG GHRU HILL RACE 2022 – Sunday 26th June

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 at the police station in Braemar. There is a public car park and also parking up by the duck pond (see map below). There are also public conveniences at the public 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!

Registration will be outside the Village Hall, this will be signposted. The hall itself is in use so competitors cannot access the hall for changing / toilet facilities. This year we will return to a mass start event starting at 10am. Registration will open at 8am and close at 9.15am. Please be ready to run at 9.45am so we can count the runners before starting.


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.

The Lairig Ghru is a Category C long hill race insured through Scottish Hill Runners. 

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

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, no kit no race!


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, there is also a map of the route below.


REMEMBER 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.


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.


This year we will be using chip timing. Results will be given as soon as able on the Protay website and on social media sites after the event.

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

Overall Men 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Overall Women1st, 2nd, 3rd

First Veterans M40, M50, M60, M70, F40, F50, F60, F70

1st Team – three runners to count


Male – 2:58:10 – Murray Strain (2017)

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


Online entry only, £20.00

Entry fees are non refundable. All 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 your entry fee will be given as a donation.

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.

As per current guidance no one should attend if they:

  • Are within 10 days of a initial positive PCR or LFD COVID test
  • Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 10 days
  • Have been overseas to a country on the quarantine list
  • Have COVID-19 symptoms or are feeling unwell
  • Have been told to self-isolate as part of the contact tracing measures

If there is a change to this guidance we will update you by email nearer the date.

Failure to comply with the above may result in your disqualification, and prevent you from entering future events.

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

There will not be a waiting list and there will be no on the day entries.

Entries open Friday 25th March at 7pm. To enter via SiEntries press the link here or go to


2022 Race date

The 2022 race is scheduled to take place on Sunday 26th June (subject to permissions / COVID rules). Entries for the race will not open until late March / early April 2022.

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

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

In the meantime happy training 😁


2021 Race report

A total of 212 runners took to the start line of this years Lairig Ghru Hill race in what was another waved start format. The weather was perhaps slightly on the warmer side of ideal, but on the plus I saw some wonderful tan lines amongst the finishers. There was a strong contingent of both male and female runners this year with times that in the past would have secured a win, not even making top 3. The results are now up on the club website (see below)

On the ladies side Hollie Orr took the win, a step up from her 2nd place last year, in a fantastic 3.44.21. Anwen Darlington (Dundee road runners) took second in 3.53.01 with Kirsty Dickson (Carnethy) rounding the top 3 in 3.56.04.

Also getting in under the 4 hour mark was Sally Wallis (Deeside) claiming the F40 title and 4th lady overall. More importantly though was winning the Wallis family trophy beating her husband by 2 mins.

F50 was Sarah Sheridan in a fantastic 4.31.56. Sue Savege (Deeside) rounded up the ladies results taking the F60 prize in 5.49.29

On the Men’s side Deeside’s Robbie Simpson took his second win in a row, this time breaking the 3 hour barrier in 2.59.10 (only the second person to do so), but still 1 min short of the race record, next year????

Second place Rowan Boswood (Carnethy) sneaked in an earlier start time keeping us on our toes fresh from the drive over the Lecht. He secured a 20 min pb in 3.05.03.

Third was Fraser Stewart of Cambuslang in 3.11.02.

Jethro Lennox (Shettleston) put in strong performance to finish just 3 seconds behind the M40 record in 3.20.36. Gary Fraser (Ochills) took first M50 just under the 4 hour mark in 3.57.41, only 90 seconds ahead of the second M50.

Finally, in his first opportunity to put his new M60 status to the test, the legend that is Alan Smith (Deeside) broke the M60 course record in an amazing 4.06.11.

Team prizes:

Male Team – Carnethy (Rowan Boswood, Eoin Lennon, Iain Whiteside)

Female team – Deeside Runners (Sally Wallis, Kirsty Campbell, Ros Baxter)

Can I once again take the opportunity to thank everyone that helped on the day. This has been echoed by some of the racers who have asked for special mention to the runners, marshals and spectators who helped them after a number of injuries. I am happy to say all are now patched up and on the road to next years race 😁

The waved start format was well received. Can I stress, however, to those reading who were unable to turn up on the day to try in future to let race organisers know. With the waved format we begin a race before knowing how many are actually taking part. Keeping track of total race numbers and communicating “did not starts” to marshals across an area with limited phone signal was a challenge. We had over 50 no shows on the day, that’s a lot of bib numbers to follow up on!!! Much time was taken both during and after the race to ensure we had all runners accounted for and safely home.

On a positive note, however, it was great to see so many familiar and new faces out there racing again. The SHR community is such an inclusive and supportive group and it makes organising races like this both great fun and a pleasure. Looking forward to seeing you all next year.

2021 results

Webscorer results

Lairig Ghru race report 2019

Lairig Ghru race report 2018

Lairig Ghru race report 2017

Lairig Ghru race report 2016

2015 Lairig Ghru race report


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