53 mile Ultra Trail Marathon through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scotland, UK
Race Date – Saturday 27th April 2024 6AM START

2022 National Ultra Trail Championship / Elite Entries

National Ultra Trail Championships

The Highland Fling is again proud to be hosting the 2022 Scottish Athletics National Ultra Trail Championships.

In order to be eligible to compete in the Scottish Championships participants must have an active Scottish Athletics membership.

Championship medals are available for the following:

  • First 3 female
  • First 3 male
  • First 3 nonbinary
  • First 3 female (veteran over 40)
  • First 3 male (veteran over 40)
  • First 3 nonbinary (veteran over 40)

There are also medals for first 3 club teams for female, male and nonbinary categories.

Although the event is full, if you would like to be considered for a Championship place please email the organisers at john@highlandflingrace.org

Elite Runner Entries

We have a small number of places available for elite runners. If you would like to be considered for such a place please email the Race Director at john@highlandflingrace.org

Highland Fling Race: 2022 Announcement UPDATE (1/9/2021)


Highland Fling Race - Saturday 23rd April 2022

We are really looking forward to next April and the return of the Highland Fling Race after two years.


Entry limit: 500 (as per current Scottish Athletics competition guidelines). All 914 entrants affected by the 2020 cancellation will be sent an invite via Si Entries on Friday 17 September and will have 2 days to accept/decline.

To clarify, only 2020 participants cancelled and refunded due to the event cancellation because of COVID19 will be sent invites. If you withdrew from the event prior to 11/3/20 for any reason no invite will be sent.

If the number of runners requesting an entry is more than 500, race places will be allocated by ballot and a waiting list will be maintained.

If the number of runners requesting an entry is fewer than 500, all will be offered a place and the remaining places will be offered to the general public.

We are fully committed to organising a great event. However please be aware that there may be certain changes we will be required to implement to ensure a safe event for all. This could include limited or zero spectator access to the finish area and reduced post-race amenities/activities.

Pre- and post-event coach transport will be available.

Entry Price: £80.00 / £78.00 (with national governing body membership)

REFUND POLICY: 50% refund available until 31st Dec 2021. After this date no refunds will be available.

If at any point we are forced to cancel the event for Covid-related reasons, partial refunds will be given based on event expenditure at time of cancellation. Any such refunds may be very minimal, as we are committed to paying local businesses and suppliers in advance, in return for their support and understanding when the 2020 event was cancelled.

Highland Fling Race: Announcement (10/9/2020)

First of all, we would like to thank everyone again for their support and understanding back in early March when we decided to cancel the 2020 event.

We have considered the situation carefully over the last few months, and as of now there are still many uncertainties about what the situation will be next spring. Because of this we are choosing to make the early decision that the Highland Fling will not take place in 2021.

The main reasons for this decision are as follows:

1) We do not want to be responsible for facilitating ANY spread of Covid-19 within the population.

2) The event takes over 12 months to organise and at present it is impossible to confirm various important bookings for April 2021. All the businesses integral to the event were massively supportive when we cancelled this year’s event back in March and we cannot ask them to take our bookings, knowing there is a high possibility that the event will again not go ahead and they will again lose out financially.

We know that runners love doing races and this news may be disappointing but safety has always been our main priority at the event. During the current pandemic this priority also extends to the wider population.

Take care everyone

The Fling Team

Highland Fling Race: 2020 Announcement (11/3/2020)

Due to the current situation with COVID19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Highland Fling, due to take place on the 25th April 2020, and also the Highland Fling training camp due to take place on the weekend of the 27th-29th March 2020. This is not a decision we have taken lightly, and we are aware that runners and volunteers alike will be extremely disappointed, so we feel it is only fair that we share the reasoning behind our decision.

- The Highland Fling is entirely dependent on volunteers and with the current spread of the virus we cannot be sure that we will have enough marshals and medical personnel to run the event to our usual high standards of safety. If several of our key people - doctors, medical team, rescue boat crew, checkpoint bosses, finishline crew - were suddenly required to self-isolate on the Friday evening, we would be forced to cancel the event at very short notice.

- The Fling medical team is largely made up of NHS personnel and we are very aware that in the coming weeks and months they may be called upon to work overtime. Our medical team includes several GPs, nurses, paramedics, a neurosurgeon and more, and we don’t want to hold them to their commitment to volunteer at the event when their skills will almost certainly be in much greater demand elsewhere.

- There would be several unavoidable occasions across the event where large numbers of people would be confined in small spaces - race registration, starting pens, checkpoint gazebos, the medical tent and the general finish area. Due to news reports about stockpiling of antibacterial hand gels and other similar items, we are concerned that we will be unable to provide increased hygiene facilities across the event and we are not willing to put our runners and volunteers in positions of increased risk.

- The government is not yet advising cancellation of outdoor sporting events, but it is increasingly likely that they will do so soon. The Highland Fling is a non-profit event run by myself, John Duncan, with the help of a core team of volunteers. The entry fees paid each year support that year’s event only, and we do not hold any funds in reserve. As of today, March 11th, expenditure for the 2020 event has been minimal, with most large orders not due to be confirmed until later this month. By cancelling now we can minimise further expenditure, which will allow us to refund as large a percentage of entry fees as possible. (It will also minimise the waste of perishables and dated event merchandise that cannot be reused.)

- Finally, we feel very strongly that cancelling the event is simply the responsible thing to do. We are fully supported in this decision by our event Medical Director and Medical Team Co-ordinator.

We would like to thank you in advance for your patience. Once we have finalised all outstanding expenses and overheads, we will issue the maximum partial refunds possible, as per our Event Terms and Conditions. We hope to have all refunds issued by 31st March. Please bear with us while we sort everything out.

Please contact us by email if you have any queries: team@highlandflingrace.org. Please be aware that we anticipate a very high volume of emails over the next few days and replying to everyone may take us slightly longer than normal. We will prioritise enquiries from overseas runners and people booked on the cancelled training camp weekend...

The Highland Fling will return in April 2021. Entries will open in October 2020. All entrants affected by the cancellation will be guaranteed an entry for the 2021 event.



2020 National Ultra Trail Championship / Elite Entries

National Ultra Trail Championships

The Highland Fling is again proud to be hosting the  2020 Scottish Athletics National Ultra Trail Championships.

Scottish Championship medals will be awarded to the the first 3 females and first 3 males. There are also Scottish championship medals for the first 3 veteran over 40  females and males.  There are also club medals for the first 3 female and male teams.
Runners who wish to contend for the championship medals must be current members of Scottish Athletics on race day. 
Although the event is full, if you would like to be considered for a Championship place please email the organisers at john@highlandflingrace.org


Elite Runner Entries

We have a small number of places available for elite runners. If you would like to be considered for such a place please email the Race Director at john@highlandflingrace.org



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