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Man V Horse Scotland

17 Apr 2022

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Man V. Horse (South Loch Ness) Sunday 17th April 2022

After several very successful Man V Horse competitions since 2013 the South Loch Ness Access Group have decided to pick up and run the event again in 2022. The start time will be 11. a.m. with a massed start for all runners and staggered starts for horses and riders 10 minutes later. There is a compulsory briefing at 10.30. It is a circular route of 24 km and the venue is Loch Ness Riding, Dores IV2 6TX

Static water stations will be provided at Checkpoints 1,2,3 and 4 and of course at the venue. Water for horses should be available on route in a normal year but we will try to have some available at the checkpoints too.

The winner of the competition, whether runner or rider, will receive the Jacobite Warrior Perpetual Quaich.  £100 cash prize also goes to the winner. Small quaichs are presented as keepsakes to the fastest runner and the fastest rider. There is also a trophy for the fastest Woman V Horse. All competitors receive either medals (for the runners) or rosettes for the riders.

At the finish there will an array of sandwiches and cakes that are donated for competitors and helpers alike to tuck into. Donations to the charities are appreciated. This is also a chance for runners and riders to get to know each other and find out about each others sports. There will be a prizegiving at 2 pm along with the drawing of the raffle. If competitors finish after this time they will be presented with their awards when they finish.

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.

50% of all profits (including sponsorship) will be donated to the Highland Hospice this year as our chosen charity and the other 50% will stay with the South Loch Ness Access Group to keep on with their access work in the South Loch Ness area. The proceeds of the raffle will also be divided in the same way.

The entry fee runners is £25 and £40 for horse and rider combination.  Entries should be made on line with

We have decided for this year to offer a shorter course for less fit runners to run alongside the main event. This shorter course will be approximately 12 km and run over the same tracks as the main event so you willl still feel quite involved but you will run directly from CP1 to CP4 missing out CP 2 and 3.There will be a rdeuced entry fee for this run of £20 but you will still be supporting the charities and will be timed and given a momento of the event.

Horses must submit to all veterinary inspections as a condition of entry. Horses must be shod of booted for the duration of the event.

Parking for horses and runners will be in separate locations so please obey the parking Stewardson arrival.

Please join and use the Man V Horse facebook page to ask any questions you might have.

We hope you enjoy the event and have a great day and we raise plenty of money for our charity as times have not been good for fundraisers recently.


To keep the start calm we run with event with staggered starts for horses and riders, starting 10 mins behind the runners, to allow them to spread out. Horses can start individually or in small groups (suggest 3 horses max).

Special attention should be paid to the preparation of horses for the race as there is a fair bit of climbing on the route though there is no particularly difficult terrain. Where there is roadwork, the roads are extremely quiet and single track.

Crews will only be allowed to CP4, if wanted,  and will need to approach from the top side off General Wades Military road (see ride map) so as not to cause problems on the roads to any ride stewards, locals or emergency services.

Horses will be vetted pre race and need to be fit to compete. Vetting will start at 9.30. At CP3 there will be a dismounted trot up and quick vet check which you will need to pass before you continue. At the finish you will need to present your horse for vetting within half an hour and his heart rate will need to be 64 bpm or below to pass as well as passing on metabolics and gait.

We look forward to wecolming you to Loch Ness Riding.

Man V Horse is a unique event for the Scotland as the only other one that we know of is in Wales. It is a fun and friendly event and we raise money for charities (this year for the Highland Hospice and the South Loch Ness Access Group).

However, having said that, runners have posted some exceptionally good times for our races and most particularly the girls which has caused us to have a a separate award for the fastest Woman V Horse!

The terrain is not too challenging though there is a fair bit of climbing so the route shouldn't be underestimated. Where there are roads, they are single track and have very little traffic on them.

Due to this we would ask that spectators or assistants only drive to CP4 if they want to go out on the route at all so as not to inconvenience race stewards, locals or emergency services. The checpoint shoudl be accessed from above off the General Wades Military Road as shown on the ride map.

We look forward to wecolming you to Loch Ness Riding


15 Apr 2022£40.00
15 Apr 2022£25.00
To sign-up for this event, the Service Fee is 4% (min 50p) for each sign-up

Dates and Status

Date: 17 Apr 2022

Closing Date: 15 Apr 2022

Status: Open

Man V Horse Scotland (Horse and Rider)??/20
Man V Horse Scotland (Runner)??/50


Candy Cameron

07973 815208


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