Braemar Gathering Track Events

Applications open May 2024

Running and jumping competitions have been held in and around Braemar for hundreds of years, since the days when King Malcolm Canmore and later the Clan Chiefs needed to find the fleetest of their clansmen to send orders and bring news.

Convener: Joss McGregor, Braemar Royal Highland Charity, Director

In the modern era, these ‘light’ events are a key part of the Braemar Gathering tradition. There are handicapped and scratch sprints and middle distance races, as well as long, high and triple jump events.

Prize money of £3,000 is on offer for the 10 Open competitions, and £950 for the 8 Youth events. There are also various trophies and medals to be awarded, and races for the local children, including the much-enjoyed sack races, which are also open to Braemar Gathering visitors.

The premier event in the Open programme is the 80 metres scratch British Championship. The current record of 8.41 seconds was set in 2010 by Nick Smith — a member of Team GB Athens 2004 Olympic sprint squad and arguably the finest ever Scottish sprinter.

The 1/2 mile record of 1 minute 58.12 seconds was set on the grass track in 1990 by Scottish International Tom Ritchie.

The 1 mile record of 4 minutes 46.07 seconds was set in 2022 by Finlay Murray from Glasgow.

The Youth events programme is for 10 to U16 year olds, and was established in 2015 to encourage youth participation and develop future champions — maintaining the strong light events tradition at the Gathering. There are trophies for both male or female champions in these Youth categories.

For more information see links to Track Events programme and pre-entry Forms. Contact Joss McGregor:

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Track and Field Entry Form

If you are unable to upload a scanned copy, please send a printed copy along with a self addressed envelope to the secretaries address below Data Policy:
Please indicate whether you need a competitors car park pass. Please share transport where possible.

All OPEN and YOUTH entries must be received online by Friday 30th August 2024.

A maximum of 24 entries for the 100 yards and 220 yards events will be accepted. All competitors will be advised whether or not their entry has been accepted.

All competitors for all events must report to the track events registration desk. This is located behind the secretaries tent and should be accessed via the top entrance and not across the games field itself. Please ask a field steward if you are unsure.

Competitors MUST check-in at least 30minutes before their first event.


  • Angela Burnet-Craigie of Linton - 80metres British Sprint Championship
  • Duke of Fife - 440 yards Open Scratch
  • ½ mile Open Scratch
  • Braemar Open Mile Trophy
  • Youth Champions - Male and Female (based on accumulated points over the 7 events)
  • Youth Medley Relay
  • There is an extra £50 prize for breaking the record in the OPEN 80metres (8.41secs), ½ mile (1m 58.12secs), 1mile (411416 .07secs), 440yds (50.29secs) and in the long (23ft 2ins), high (6ft 6ins) and triple jumps (48ft 2ins).


Address to send copy of birth certificate scan cannot be uploaded, please remember to include a self addressed envelope:

Braemar Royal Highland Charity
Society Office

Electronic entry should still be submitted, confirmation of entry will only be given with proof of age.