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Highland Fling Race

29-Apr-2017 Milngavie, Glasgow, UK (Scotland)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
85KM / 53Miles
1 Day - 1000 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £45 GBP

The Hoka Highland Fling Ultramarathon is a 53 mile trail race along the famous West Highland Way footpath, through the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs national park, Scotland.

The race starts in Milngavie (near Glasgow) and finishes in the scenic Highland village of Tyndrum. The route is almost entirely on trails,  the terrain is mixed and the scenery stunning. 

The day finishes with free beer & homemade soup, followed by a traditional Scottish ceilidh party in Tyndrum.

Entry provides:

  • A 53 mile trail run (with 7500 feet/2300 metres of total ascent) through the scenic Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park to the Highland village of Tyndrum
  • Free post race beer, hot soup & massage
  • Goodie bag (including bottle of sparkling wine, medal, buff & more)
  • Technical T-shirt
  • Free post-race Traditional Scottish ceilidh party in Tyndrum

Event Organiser
John Duncan



Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

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10:08 16-05-16

If you are going to run one Ultra in the UK, I would highly recommend the Hoka Highland Fling. It is super professional, but still remains that freindly and personal vibe, thanks to race director John Duncan and his team. Also you have amazing views since it seems to be sunny in Scotland on trace day, and all the crew are simply lovely. Scottish is also very charming to listen to!

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09:20 12-05-16

Fantastic race, excellent value, expertly organised and so friendly. A must do!

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08:13 12-05-16

I ran this race in 2016 and would highly recommend it. At a fraction of what I have paid for other races, I wasn't expecting much; but this was the most enjoyable event that I've entered to date. The Facebook group for the event was a great laugh leading up to the day. Such a beautiful route and the event is so well organised. Stunning scenery, good company and free booze in your goodie bag. Can't ask for more. Looking forward to 2017 already

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John Sneddon

11:09 12-05-16

My fourth Fling tough course organisation is immaculatesecond to none

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08:24 11-05-16

I have been involved with the Highland Fling for 3 years now - the first year of was on the sweep team, the second I was marshaling after having to defer my London marathon entry and finally this year it was time to run. And it just keeps getting better and better.

The route is amazing as it follows the Southern section of the West Highland Way and has every type of terrain going - flat, roads, trails, hills, and the wonderful technical section along the banks of Loch Lomond. Wonderful.

The organisation is second to none. Johnny Fling has everything covered and the red carpet finish is legendary with an epic ceilidh to follow. If you are yet to get involved, 2017s event will be here before we know it!

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02:59 11-05-16

I ran the event in 2016 as my first ultra and what an amazing event! The route is stunning with a bit of everything - hills, flats, rolling and technical running. The event organisation is top class and there is a superb atmosphere all along the route. The event also has one of the best finish lines I have seen, with beer, Prosecco, soup, jacket potatoes, ice cream and cakes all laid on just meters away. A brilliant introduction to the ultra community and definitely an event I will do again!

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02:48 11-05-16

This was my first 53 mile event. I have done other races. Registration was stress free. You have 2 different venues the day before and you can even do it on the day. There was various bus pick up points which again made it easy (this is chargeable). Start point is Milngavie train station (exactly where the bus drops you off). All the volunteers were more than helpful bearing in mind they are out longer than we are on the course. The views are breathtaking. The finish line is something that must be experienced. Even the supporters (I had the family with me) said as much, they have never experienced a race they could support like they did, again the volunteers helped with that. I cannot in any way fault the race. This is the first time ever I will be entering the race again. Just for the goodie bag alone.

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12:37 11-05-16

Absolutely superb event. Cracking route with a great mix of terrain. Brilliant organisation at the start and the various manned checkpoints, and one of the best finish lines out there. Easily the best value for money of any ultra I've took part in. Hard to beat.

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03:34 08-06-15

This race just gets better! Amazing!!

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04:37 03-06-15

just keep getting better, getting a bit too croweded though.

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