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JUN23
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Monster Swim

This is the swim section of The Monster Triathlon. Setting off from Canal Side, Fort Augustus participants will complete a 5km lapped swim in Loch Ness.

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Monster Swim

Loch Ness, Loch Ness, United KingdomView event
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This is the swim section of The Monster Triathlon. Setting off from Canal Side, Fort Augustus participants will complete a 5km lapped swim in Loch Ness.

£50
Monster Swim
APR28
Etape Loch Ness

A cycle sportive taking place around iconic Loch Ness on Sunday 28 April 2019 offering the chance to cycle 66 miles (106 km) on traffic free roads. The 360 closed-road route around the loch starts and finishes in the Highland capital of Inverness, offering 900 m of ascent. There is a timed King of the Mountain stage, with a 4.8 mile (9 km) climb gaining 380 m in height with a gradient reaching 12% at times. A record 5600 took part in the 2018 event.

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Etape Loch Ness

Eden Court Inverness, Bishops Rd, Inverness IV3 5SA, UKView event
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A cycle sportive taking place around iconic Loch Ness on Sunday 28 April 2019 offering the chance to cycle 66 miles (106 km) on traffic free roads. The 360 closed-road route around the loch starts and finishes in the Highland capital of Inverness, offering 900 m of ascent. There is a timed King of the Mountain stage, with a 4.8 mile (9 km) climb gaining 380 m in height with a gradient reaching 12% at times. A record 5600 took part in the 2018 event.

£64
Etape Loch Ness
MAY26
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Inverness

Join thousands of people in the fight against cancer - enter one of the hundreds of Race for Life fund-raising events taking place across the UK and help more people survive.

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Race for Life 5K & 10K – Inverness

Bught Park Pitches, Bught Rd, Inverness IV3 5SP, UKView event
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Join thousands of people in the fight against cancer - enter one of the hundreds of Race for Life fund-raising events taking place across the UK and help more people survive.

£10 - £14.99
Race for Life 5K & 10K – Inverness
AUG31
Dores United Kingdom Prime Four Beast Race

BEAST yourself on an epic 10k obstacle course race over tough Scottish terrain. 25+ mega obstacles; giant water slides; icy loch water; thick mud & swamp crossings - its the ultimate team or solo challenge. Test your stamina at Scotlands beastliest obstacle races.

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Dores United Kingdom Prime Four Beast Race

Aldourie Castle Estate, The Estate Office, Aldourie Castle, Loch Ness, Inverness IV2 6EL, UKView event
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BEAST yourself on an epic 10k obstacle course race over tough Scottish terrain. 25+ mega obstacles; giant water slides; icy loch water; thick mud & swamp crossings - its the ultimate team or solo challenge. Test your stamina at Scotlands beastliest obstacle races.

£57.62
Dores United Kingdom Prime Four Beast Race
OCT6
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Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running

The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is quite possibly one of the most stunning marathons in the world. With spectacular scenery, fantastic atmosphere and a truly memorable experience its no wonder it was voted in the top 10 UK marathons by Runners World readers in 2016 and is on the bucket list for many runners from around the world.

Breathtakingly beautiful, friendly atmosphere, flawless organisation, felt like a festival not just a race are just some of the comments we had from our runners in 2016 so why not come and experience it for yourself?

The Loch Ness Marathon follows a spectacular point-to-point route alongside world famous Loch Ness, starting in an atmospheric moorland setting and continues through stunning Highland scenery, taking you along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness, across the River Ness, to finish in Inverness, capital city of the Highlands.

Why not make a Highland weekend of it and come with family or friends? Theres plenty to entertain runners and spectators over the weekend with a free Sports Expo, Baxters Food & Drink Fayre, live music, kids activities and a Wee Nessie for under-5s.

15 reviews
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Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running

19 High St, Inverness IV1 1HY, UKView event
15 reviews
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From the organiser

The Baxters Loch Ness Marathon is quite possibly one of the most stunning marathons in the world. With spectacular scenery, fantastic atmosphere and a truly memorable experience its no wonder it was voted in the top 10 UK marathons by Runners World readers in 2016 and is on the bucket list for many runners from around the world.

Breathtakingly beautiful, friendly atmosphere, flawless organisation, felt like a festival not just a race are just some of the comments we had from our runners in 2016 so why not come and experience it for yourself?

The Loch Ness Marathon follows a spectacular point-to-point route alongside world famous Loch Ness, starting in an atmospheric moorland setting and continues through stunning Highland scenery, taking you along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness, across the River Ness, to finish in Inverness, capital city of the Highlands.

Why not make a Highland weekend of it and come with family or friends? Theres plenty to entertain runners and spectators over the weekend with a free Sports Expo, Baxters Food & Drink Fayre, live music, kids activities and a Wee Nessie for under-5s.

Reviews
  • Did the event in 2018

    ### Training
    The unusually hot summer followed by some work crap and then a health scare to top it all off meant the last few months have been really pretty ropey training wise and it had hit my motivation pretty hard. My weekly mileage wasn’t bad and I had managed some limited structured training (a few speed and hill sessions when time and motivation permitted) but any regular weekend long runs were missing so I had already resigned myself to getting round and trying and enjoy myself.

    ### Pre-race
    The 500+ mile drive up from Northamptonshire to Inverness was split over the Friday evening after work and most of Saturday with an overnight in a Premier Inn in Carlisle. The Saturday drive through the Highlands was stunning (especially the A9 from Perth to Inverness through the Cairngorms, wow!) so I had high expectations for a race that prides itself on its scenery.

    After collecting my race pack on Saturday from the village I could see that parking might be a bit of an issue so set my alarm for 5am and got changed into my gear in the bathroom of our hotel room so to not wake the family. Even after a mad panic scrabbling around in the dark looking for my car keys (had laid everything else out in the bathroom, but forgot the bloody keys which I’d left in the back pocket of my jeans, now neatly folded in a wardrobe!!!) I was still one of the first cars at the parking they’d put on for marathon runners at the village (and finish) in Bught Park.

    Smashed down two packs of pre buttered Soreen fruit loaf with some water and managed about 30 minutes sleep in my car before my second alarm woke me.

    The race route is a point to point; starting in the mountains and finishing back in Inverness and the runners (all 4000+ of them) are bussed out to the start. The bus collection was quite a sight; it looked like they’d scrambled every bus, coach and minibus in the Scottish Highlands. Everyone piled on and buses set off in convoy on the north road past Loch Ness to Fort Augustus and up into the mountains.

    Like the cool kid that I am I grabbed a seat at the back of the bus, got my hood up and managed to catch another half an hour of sleep on the hour long bus journey.

    The drop off was beautiful, pine forests on either side of the road and the clouds in the valley below. A temporary race start village had been set up with a load of portaloos and urinals shipped in, a full PA system with speakers at regular intervals along the road and a very entertaining guy making timing announcements, giving shout outs, shouting at those peeing in the woods and just adding some general fun to the proceedings.

    The bag drop was in the form of a few large lorries split into sections by race number.

    I hit the loo, grabbed some sugary tea to get the taste of SiS Go out of my mouth and stripped out of my tracksuit bottoms and hoodie, replacing them with a very fetching bin bag outfit. Extra gear in the bag, bag in the bag drop and with twenty minutes to go it was time to head down the road to the start.

    Hold on, I need to pee again, dammit.

    Queue for the toilets is huge and I’m now down by the start.

    Maybe I’ll leave it. Maybe it’s just nerves, besides it’s a long run, it might reabsorb or something, that’s how the body works, right?

    No? Ah no, it’s not nerves, definitely need to go, right off into the wilderness to water a pine tree. Not my proudest moment but I wasn’t alone stood there amongst my fellow runners peeing into the wilderness with thousands of runners assembling along the road behind us.

    ### Race
    The race route didn’t disappoint in its natural beauty, the whole course drops 1000ft but for the first half it felt like every drop was met with a similar climb. I settled into a comfortable rhythm, enjoyed the scenery and even managed to take some photos along the way as the course snakes through the countryside and down eventually to the Loch itself.

    Around mile 7 we started to see the Loch, rain came in around mile 15 which was a nice relief. I started to take more notice of my pace and by my maths it seemed like I could be on for a sub-4 which surprised me. I only needed 10 min mile pace from here on and had been comfortably doing 8:45-9ish but needed to stay focussed and not get complacent and burn out later on like I did in the Milton Keynes Marathon last year.

    Then came the hill... they’d teased about it with a roadside sign that suggested there was a bit of an incline ahead and I cracked open the first of my SiS caffeinated gels I’d reserved for the second half to give me an extra pick me up but my legs had nothing left by the time I got to it. A 300ft climb over two miles.

    Once that was over pace still looked promising for a sub-4.

    I hit a wall at mile 24, my legs felt ok but something in me just couldn’t give any more, walk-ran for a bit as we headed into Inverness and the crowds started to line the course.

    Along the River Ness to the bridge, then over it and back on ourselves for the last stretch where I got a second wind from somewhere; a woman went past at an almost sprint pace and spurred me on to push for the finish in 3:52:58. A new marathon PB and finally my elusive sub-4!

    I wandered through the finish channel like a zombie collecting my medal and freebies on the verge of tears then collapsed in a heap on the grass.

    ### Post-race
    Bag collection was fun; it’s only when you’re trying to point out your bag to the volunteers when you realise what a silly idea it was to bring a 25l black Berghaus rucksack that looks identical to EVERYONE ELSE’S but after the fourth bag I’d pointed out as “definitely mine” I got my bag and after a quick trip to the gift stand to buy some key rings and a running cap I headed back to the car and a shower back in the hotel.

    Usual stiffness afterwards in my legs and did seem to suffer some unfortunately positioned chafing this time around which has actually outlived any muscle pain since so will be looking at some better compression shorts for future events.

    A great event, very well organised in a beautiful part of the world plus an unexpected PB so overall an amazing weekend. Will definitely be back when time and family commitments permit.

  • Did the event in 2018

    The number pick-up is very easy although the expo is a little more low-key than most marathons (frankly a bit of a waste of time). The bus trip to the start is good, a beautiful scenic drive around the Loch. Toilets at the start are still shocking!! I last did this race in 2011 and they've learnt nothing!! Stop bitching at the runners forced to "toilet" in the beautiful surroundings when you provide so few toilets - I queued for half an hour and gave up. Also the loo queue runs alongside the bag drop trucks which is bonkers and irritating. There was a very long queue for tea/coffee so I wouldn't rely on that! More toilets required at the aid stations too!! The bags had been dumped on the floor at the finish and the 3 rain showers had soaked my "dry clothes" - note to self (and everyone) - put your drop bag in a water proof container. You might think I didn't enjoy this from these comments - but the reality is this is a beautiful marathon, well marshalled, amazing photos (if very expensive) and I would absolutely recommend the race to anyone! Inverness is a fantastic city, parkrun on Saturday at Alness (after a bus trip) was fantastic! The pipers before the start were brilliant, did I mention the course is bloody beautiful (if a little undulating) and the finish into Inverness a real highlight. You're well looked after when you finish and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again!
  • Did the event in 2018

    Have done this marathon twice now . Very well organised . You register and collect your race number at Bught Park on the Saturday and I would recommend that you stay in Inverness on the Saturday night due to the early start in the morning . You have to be at the ice rink in Bught Park between 6:45 and 7:15 to get the buses to the start line . Buses leave at 7:45 and you are driven up the north side of Loch Ness through Drumnadrochit up to Fort Augustus then up in to the high ground beside Whitebridge where the start line the bus journey gives you stunning views of Loch Ness as the sun rises on the convoy of buses heading up . Once at the start you are dropped off about an hour and 20 mins before the race starts so there are portaloos , tea and coffee to occupy yourself for a wee while and to change and put your bag on the baggage trucks . Wrap up warm for going to the start because it can get cold but it wasn't ti bad this year some people keep layers on and though them away just at the start they are collected up and given to charity . 10am the race starts the first 5 mile is almost all downhill so you have to watch and not set off to fast first steep hill is at 5 miles and gives you a feel for what's to come . At just over 6 miles you past through Foyers then head downhill again and Loch Ness comes in to sight through the trees . There are plenty of water and feed stations along route . As you run alongside the loch it's an undulating course for the next 11 miles then you come to Dores where you need to gather yourself for what is known as the wee Nessie the hill which goes on for about 2 miles taken you up to the 21 mile marker beside Scaniport , now depending how you have done before this hill it is a tough challenge and very tiring . There is one more smaller hill than this so the last 4 miles are mainly downhill in to inverness and across the bridge and to the finish at Bught Park . There is some support through the villages along the Loch but when you get to last part there are plenty of people cheering ou on through the last 2 miles you here the announcer across the River Ness at Bught Park which makes you feel you are close but you still have that 2 miles to go . As you head to the finish line you pass a huge inflatable Nessie about 50 metres or so from the line a welcome sight after the long run you have just done . Although tiring and tough the scenery is breathtaking both on the bus journey up and the marathon itself the organisation, volunteers and support from all the spectators make it a very special day you won't ever forget and probably would want to repeat again sometime .
£5 - £57
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running
JUN23
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Monster Triathlon
Fort Augustus, Scotland, United Kingdom

Spanning 7 days the Monster Triathlon is the UKs ultimate multi-sport challenge.

The event established itself as one of the toughest endurance challenges in the UK, covering 1,000km between Loch Ness and London across 3 disciplines.

It starts with a 5km swim in Loch Ness, before 5 stunning days on the bike and finishes with an ultra-marathon along the Thames. For those unable to tackle the beast in one go we are offering Swim, Cycle and Run only packages this year. Youll pass lakes, climb mountains, ride past fields, fly through villages, cross rivers and conquer hills. As well as being an epic challenge The Monster Triathlon also highlights the beauty and diversity of the UK. There are 7 days of meticulously planned routes, with full support teams in attendance at every start, finish, on the route and at hotels.

If youre not ready to attempt the whole Monster Triathlon this year then why not take on one of our discipline-specific challenges?

You can enter the full Monster Triathlon or just one of the three individual legs.

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Monster Triathlon

Bothy Restaurant & Bar, Canalside, Fort Augustus PH32 4AU, UKView event
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From the organiser

Spanning 7 days the Monster Triathlon is the UKs ultimate multi-sport challenge.

The event established itself as one of the toughest endurance challenges in the UK, covering 1,000km between Loch Ness and London across 3 disciplines.

It starts with a 5km swim in Loch Ness, before 5 stunning days on the bike and finishes with an ultra-marathon along the Thames. For those unable to tackle the beast in one go we are offering Swim, Cycle and Run only packages this year. Youll pass lakes, climb mountains, ride past fields, fly through villages, cross rivers and conquer hills. As well as being an epic challenge The Monster Triathlon also highlights the beauty and diversity of the UK. There are 7 days of meticulously planned routes, with full support teams in attendance at every start, finish, on the route and at hotels.

If youre not ready to attempt the whole Monster Triathlon this year then why not take on one of our discipline-specific challenges?

You can enter the full Monster Triathlon or just one of the three individual legs.

£50 - £1,499
Monster Triathlon
AUG17
The River Spey 10k Whisky Swim

The River Spey is a river in the northeast of Scotland. It is the ninth longest river in the United Kingdom, as well as the third longest and fastest-flowing river in Scotland. It is important for salmon fishing and whisky production. This is an unique swim which takes swimmers through the RSPB Insh Marshes nature reserve.

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The River Spey 10k Whisky Swim

17 Gynack Rd, Kingussie PH21 1LR, UKView event
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The River Spey is a river in the northeast of Scotland. It is the ninth longest river in the United Kingdom, as well as the third longest and fastest-flowing river in Scotland. It is important for salmon fishing and whisky production. This is an unique swim which takes swimmers through the RSPB Insh Marshes nature reserve.

£40 - £65
The River Spey 10k Whisky Swim
AUG25
Aviemore Triathlon

Welcome to the Aviemore Triathlon - an exciting, challenging, fun, and a little bit bonkers off-road Swim + Mountain Bike + Trail Run race.

There are two courses to suit all abilities from newcomers to racing snakes. Both are based on the beautiful Loch Morlich and Glenmore Forest in the heart of the spectacular Cairngorm National Park.

Long Hard Durty: 1500m Open Water Swim, 18km Technical Mountain Bike, 9km Trail Run -

Short Fast Durty: 750m Open Water Swim, 12km Mountain Bike, 5km Trail Run.

The event is also helping to raise money for the Badaguish Centre (Race HQ, Transition 2 and the Finish are located here) to help people with a disability enjoy an outdoor holiday. We strongly encourage participants to raise funds through sponsorship or donation for this amazing place, doing amazing work.

1 reviews
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Aviemore Triathlon

1 Queens Houses, Glenmore, Aviemore PH22 1QU, UKView event
1 review
About the event
From the organiser

Welcome to the Aviemore Triathlon - an exciting, challenging, fun, and a little bit bonkers off-road Swim + Mountain Bike + Trail Run race.

There are two courses to suit all abilities from newcomers to racing snakes. Both are based on the beautiful Loch Morlich and Glenmore Forest in the heart of the spectacular Cairngorm National Park.

Long Hard Durty: 1500m Open Water Swim, 18km Technical Mountain Bike, 9km Trail Run -

Short Fast Durty: 750m Open Water Swim, 12km Mountain Bike, 5km Trail Run.

The event is also helping to raise money for the Badaguish Centre (Race HQ, Transition 2 and the Finish are located here) to help people with a disability enjoy an outdoor holiday. We strongly encourage participants to raise funds through sponsorship or donation for this amazing place, doing amazing work.

Reviews
  • Did the event in 2018

    overall a brilliant race in a fantastic locationthe swim: Loch Morlich is a wonderful swimming loch and the course was well marked. The only downside is the entry/exit is littered with slippery rocks which need to be negotiated with care.the mtb: Again well marked but you do need to have your wits about you to make some of the turns when traveling at speed. The technical section is just that and your are warned in the course description as well as during the safety briefing. I had to dismount several times but so did many others and I would think only very experienced mtb riders would be able to bike the whole section. Great fun all the same.the run: 9km of forest road/track with some great views at the top of a fairly steep climb.i really enjoyed the whole race which is definitely an off road experience. If I was to go back would probably tackle the shorter version because of the technical mountain bike section which was a bit much for me. Good organisation and wonderful setting makes it a must do for true off road triathletes.
£46 - £74
Aviemore Triathlon
SEP7
CrossduroScotland17 – #XDS17

CrossduroScotland... a free 330km self-supported gravel bikepacking race from Inverness to Glasgow run on the first weekend in September each year.

The event is run in enduro format i.e. 5 timed Strava segments, lowest aggregate time wins.

This is the first time the event has been run and is not commercial in nature. The Racing Collective is a new cycling club dedicated to self-supported racing in the UK, run by a few volunteers on an ad hoc basis. You are entirely responsible for your own actions, there will be no support, only turn-up on the start line if you are comfortable with this.

3 reviews
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CrossduroScotland17 – #XDS17

41 Castle St, Inverness IV2 3EG, UKView event
3 reviews
About the event
From the organiser

CrossduroScotland... a free 330km self-supported gravel bikepacking race from Inverness to Glasgow run on the first weekend in September each year.

The event is run in enduro format i.e. 5 timed Strava segments, lowest aggregate time wins.

This is the first time the event has been run and is not commercial in nature. The Racing Collective is a new cycling club dedicated to self-supported racing in the UK, run by a few volunteers on an ad hoc basis. You are entirely responsible for your own actions, there will be no support, only turn-up on the start line if you are comfortable with this.

Reviews
  • Did the Main Race in 2017

    It was a challenge for me to this route as I have zero off road skills, however with good pacing it was possible to complete it over two days. The route and scenery were simply breathtaking. I cant imagine better views anywhere. Quite a bit of carrying for me but, worth it. Happy to do this again very soon.
  • Did the Main Race in 2017

    The course was fantastic! And included a number of stunning tracks with the ones around Loch Ossian Youth Hostel being a particularly highlight. The format of the event has a lot of potential as it allows for a very sociable atmosphere compared to a normal point to point event. Because of the format you are able to ride in a bunch and also enjoy food and over night stops. This makes the event less challenging than going flat out the whole time. I think this will attract riders who want to do the hard rides but also have to go to work on a Monday.One improvement could be to refine the segments slightly as some were slightly too challenging on gravel bikes - although fun to ride, perhaps to technical for racing on blind.Overall an excellent event and I'll definitely be back.
  • Did the Main Race in 2017

    Epic ride linking up many of Scotland's best routes; some new to me, some old favourites, and most in better condition that I remember; mixed with wilderness hostel chat, minimal tarmac, and (mostly) sunny weather.Would ride again :-)
Free
    CrossduroScotland17 – #XDS17
    SEP14
    Rat Race – Coast to Coast

    The route of this two-day (or one-day Expert) challenge takes in some of the most mysterious and wild locations in Scotland. Run, ride and kayak* past Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness, Glen Nevis and Glen Coe, to name but a few stunning sights! The Highland terrain and weather breeds tough folk and if you take on this challenge then you will find out why. Take this epic journey on over two days as a Challenger or one day as an Expert.

    2 reviews
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    Rat Race – Coast to Coast

    Unnamed Road, Nairn IV12 5RB, UKView event
    2 reviews
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The route of this two-day (or one-day Expert) challenge takes in some of the most mysterious and wild locations in Scotland. Run, ride and kayak* past Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness, Glen Nevis and Glen Coe, to name but a few stunning sights! The Highland terrain and weather breeds tough folk and if you take on this challenge then you will find out why. Take this epic journey on over two days as a Challenger or one day as an Expert.

    Reviews
    • Did the event in 2017

      Challenging event, brilliant to do. Did the 2 day version in 2017.
      Logistics were great, registration was busy but well organised, bike drop off pretty straightforward.
      We had a non competitor with us driving from start, middle, end so we didn't camp or use the bus transfers. But we did manage to book into a hostel in the middle which was nice for a decent nights kip and needed pub meal.

      Bit pricey all in with entry + all the kit + travel to Scotland. But I think worth doing once.

    • Did the event in 2016

      The scenery was beautiful in this epic race accross Scotland.The registration and bike drop off etc is very well organised, although the marshalls around the course vary a great deal in helpfullness.The on-road bike route is hilly and enjoyable, and the off-road route is a moderately difficult route. I completed the race with a cyclocross bike and  some faily robust of road tyres, and it worked well. The final run through Glen Nevis was an extremely tough off road 20km run. Some really difficult terrain. The route was elongated when I completed the race as the weather was too bad for the final kyak. Great experience.
    £240 - £260
    Rat Race – Coast to Coast
    NOV2
    Knockfarrel Hill Race
    Strathpeffer, Scotland, United Kingdom

    Registration from 11.45am at Strathpeffer Shinty Pavillion.

    Start at 1pm from the Old Victorian Station, which is a 5 minute trot down through the village

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    Knockfarrel Hill Race

    A834, Strathpeffer IV14 9DE, UKView event
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    Registration from 11.45am at Strathpeffer Shinty Pavillion.

    Start at 1pm from the Old Victorian Station, which is a 5 minute trot down through the village

    Knockfarrel Hill Race

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