Following the success of last year's inaugural Man V Horse Highlands race, the second event will be held on Sunday 21 April, 2013. Starting at 11am, the race is in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust and South Loch Ness Access Group and follows a linear route which covers sections of the Trail of the Seven Lochs and the South Loch Ness Trail.
Dozens of horse riders will line up against a similar number of runners for the 26km race which starts at Whitebridge Hotel and finishes at Drummond Farm in Dores. The overall winner will be presented with the Jacobite Warrior perpetual trophy, and winners from each class will receive a keepsake quaich. Medals and rosettes will be presented to all runners and riders.
The 2012 race was won by a rider but race organiser Candy Cameron thinks that could change this year: "Last year's event was really successful, and we were delighted at the encouragement we received to arrange another this year. There's no reason why a human can't win the race. A horse is definitely faster on the flat but the route has plenty of steep hills and the horses will slow down over these stages."
He added: "The event is a unique opportunity for people to discover the lesser known side of the loch as the route takes in a variety of terrain and scenery including farm tracks, forestry roads, open moorland and hill trails, so it's exceptionally scenic. And, moreover, it has the iconic Loch Ness as a backdrop."
The event will be run under the auspices of the South Loch Ness Access Group which is affiliated to the British Horse Society's Bridleways Group. The entry fee for both runners and riders is £10 at the time of placing the entry, plus a minimum of £20 in sponsorship to be paid on the day of the event. Horses must submit to veterinary inspections as a condition of entry and must be shod or booted for the duration of the event. To enter the race, visit the Dores on Loch Ness website.