The 18th NAIRNSHIRE CHALLENGE will take place on SUNDAY 21 JUNE 2015



The Nairnshire Challenge is the third biggest annual event in Nairn's calendar. It's a 30-mile duathlon on foot and bike. It is organised annually by the Rotary Club of Nairn to raise money via sponsorship for charities. Starting at the far end of the Dava Moor competitors cover 12.3 miles on rough tracks through the grouse moors of Cawdor Estate, before changing onto bikes at Drynachan for the 17.7 miles back to Nairn on marshalled single track roads.

It's a well organised event, with transport out to the start, plenty of watering and food stations, and a big cheer from the crowds at the finish line at The Links.

The fastest competitors typically take around 2 hours 15 minutes, the slowest up to 6 hours, but it's the challenge that attracts most competitors, so it really does suit all abilities. There's no shame in walking the foot section then plodding the bike section on an old mountain bike! However you do it, the best bit of the Nairnshire Challenge is that fabulous trail across the remote moors of Nairnshire and the thrilling cycle route through the lanes from Drynachan to the finish line on Nairn links.

We encourage everyone, young or old, dedicated runner and cyclist or casual walker, to take up the Challenge.

Due to popular demand, the minimum age for entry is now 16.

Teams of three will always be the ideal. Friends and colleagues can provide each other with support and encouragement, not just during the event but also in training and preparation for it. The fundraising target is also more manageable per head.

However, we know it's not always easy to get a team together so from this year we will welcome entries from pairs and individuals. 

Sponsorship can be arranged directly with us, or through JUSTGIVING. The Challenge is registered with Justgiving which makes the raising of sponsorship easier and facilitates the collection of Gift Aid Tax relief from the Government - the sponsorship money that participants raise is increased by 28% when donors qualify for Gift Aid. You can set up your own sponsorship page on




The foot section of the Challenge takes place over Cawdor Estate land to whom we are very grateful.  Do look at their website -

Photos from 2013 are available courtesy of Nairn Camera Club

Short video of the 2009 event:

The Nairnshire Challenge from Iain Fairweather on Vimeo.

Nairn Rotary

Cawdor Logo

Nairn Road runners

Outfit Moray