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Man V Horse Scotland

14 May 2023

Organiser's Description



Man V. Horse (Easter Ross) Sunday 14th May 2023

After several very successful Man V Horse competitions since 2013 which have been held by the South Loch Ness Access Group, who have decided to step down from organising this year, we have decided to pick up and run the event in a new venue for 2023.. The start time will be 10.30 a.m. with a massed start for all runners and staggered starts for horses and riders beginning  10 minutes later. There is a compulsory briefing at 10.00. It is a circular route of 26 km and the venue is Hollingwells Equestrian, Edderton, By Tain, Ross-shire, IV19 1LJ.

Static water stations will be provided at Checkpoints 1,3 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. There is also a onsite cafe which will be available for purchasing food and drinks before, during and after the event.  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 1.30pm aprox 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 by Hollingwells Equestrian Ltd.

50% of all profits (including sponsorship) will be donated to the Scottish charitable air ambulance this year as our chosen charity.  The proceeds of the raffle will also be donated to the chosen charity.

The entry fee for runners  is £20 and £35 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 competitors to run alongside the main event. This shorter course will be approximately 16km and run over the same tracks as the main event so you willl still feel quite involved. There will be a reduced entry fee for this of £15 for runners and £30 for riders 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 Stewards on arrival. Runners will finish at their vehicles so please leave things you may need at the finish in your cars. Horses will have a short walk post finish back to their vehicles. 

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. We really hope the event is well supported in its new location- we feel we are a great venue and have plenty of different routes to offer for future events if we get good feedback! 


Man V Horse Scotland (Horse and Rider)

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 4 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.

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 thier heart rate will need to be 64 bpm or below to pass as well as passing on metabolics and gait.

We look forward to welcoming you to Hollingwells Equestrian

Man V Horse Scotland (Runner)

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 Scottish charitable air ambulance).

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.

We look forward to wecolming you to Hollingwells equestrian


To sign-up for this event, the Service Fee is 4% (min 50p) for each sign-up
Man V Horse Scotland (Horse and Rider)
The organiser has included pricing details in the Organiser's Description
Man V Horse Scotland (Runner)
12 May 2023 23:59£20.00

Dates and Status

Date: 14 May 2023

Closing Date: 12 May 2023 23:59

Status: Open

Man V Horse Scotland (Horse and Rider)??/30
Man V Horse Scotland (Runner)??/45


Charlotte Pumphrey

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