16 Jan

Saddle up now for Man v Horse Scotland, or neigh places will be left

Only a few places remain – for entrants of both the two-legged and four-legged persuasions – for this year’s Man v. Horse Scotland.
 
After the cancellation of last year’s event, interest in this year’s edition – to be held on Sunday, 17 March – has been strong.  
 
Organised by the South Loch Ness Access Group, Man v. Horse Scotland 2019 will start and finish at Loch Ness Riding, Dores.
 
Organisers have announced that this year’s event will feature a new, longer, route of 27 km (16.7 miles) for horses. Humans will only run 22.5 km (14 miles).
 
Details of the new route have not yet been released, other than it will be ‘quite different’ to previous ones and will reach a height of 206m. 
 
Organisers are keen to emphasise that all participants take part in this event at their own risk. No ipods or other devices using earplugs are to be used and no whips are to be carried. Horses must be shod or booted (at least on their front feet) for the duration of the event and submit to veterinary inspections as a condition of entry. No guidelines are given as to suitable footwear for runners.
 
The overall winner – whether human or equine – will win £100 plus the Jacobite Warrior perpetual Quaich. The fastest male and female runners, as well as the fastest horse, will receive trophies.All competitors will receive medals or rosettes, as appropriate.
 
Given the nature of the event, there is a compulsory briefing for all competitors (no horses allowed) in the indoor school at 10.30. Runners start at 11.00 and riders either singly or in small groups at timed intervals after the runners.
 
All profits from the event will benefit the South Loch Ness Access Group. 
 
The 2017 event was won by horse rider Candy Cameron (1.48.30); second place, and first runner home, was Alistair Brochie (1.53.06). Horses took the remaining places in the top five. 
 
Entry costs £30 per person or horse, and can be made on Entry Central
 
Image courtesy Man v. Horse Scotland (Facebook)