A unique multi-terrain half marathon in the Pentland Hills taking in 7 reservoirs

Race Route can be found here Results From Previous Years can be found here
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Message from the Race Organisers

What an amazing day we had for this years 7R. Weather conditions were absolutely perfect with sunshine, blue sky and almost no breeze. The conditions underfoot were firm without being too slippy and all in all we couldn't have asked for anything better for running.

Congratulations to all 95 runners who started (and finished!) the race - that's right, we had no DNFs this year!

The race this year was won by Mark Thorton-Smith of Edinburgh AC in a time of 1 hour 25 mins 30 secs, and in 2nd place a little over 4 minutes behind was Michael Stratford.

First lady home was Gillian Carr of Corstorphine AAC in a time of 1:40:10 and in second place was Elizabeth Richardson

Results were as follows.

  • 1st Male Mark Thorton-Smith (Edinburgh AC) 1:25:30
  • 2nd Male Michael Stratford (Unattached) 1:29:56
  • 3rd Male Paul Moseley (Dunbar RC) 1:31:07
  • 1st Female Gillian Carr (Corstorphine AAC) 1:40:10
  • 2nd Female Elizabeth Richardson (Unattached) 1:42:36
  • 3rd Female Kirsty McBirnie (Harmeny AC) 1:43:55

The full 2016 results including clubs can be found here.

We hope you liked your medals and we hope to see you all back again in 2017.

The provisional results including clubs can be found here. If you spot any errors or omissions please let us know by email or via a Facebook message.

Thanks again to all our generous sponsors and supporters, without which we could not have put on the race, and thanks also to all the fantastic volunteers who helped make the race a success.

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The challenging route takes place in the beautiful Pentlands scenery as you run from reservoir to reservoir, and starts and ends on the shore of Threipmuir reservoir.

On your travels you will pass Threipmuir, Loganlea, Glencorse, Bonaly, Torduff, Clubbiedean and Harlaw reservoirs before returning to the starting point for well earned refreshments.

Although taking in many of the sights of the Pentlands, the route is predominently low level and easily runnable in all but the most extreme conditions.

However, because of the terrain the race is not recommended for novice runners.

Entry Details

Entries will be managed as usual by Entry Central. Click on this link to see the entries :

The race will be run under Scottish Athletics rules, and entry will be £15 (SA affliated) and £17 (non-SA affiliated)

The route will be almost entirely within the Pentland Hills Regional Park and the race organisers are extremely grateful to the Park Rangers for their help in putting on this race. Littering along the race route is strictly prohibited, and anyone seen discarding litter with be immediately disqualified.

Despite being only a few miles from Edinburgh, the weather in the Pentlands can change rapidly and runners are expected to wear appropriate clothing for the prevailing weather conditions. It is suggested that a wind/waterproof jacket, hat and gloves should be carried as a minimum in case they are required.

As the race will be run across open farmland with livestock, no dogs will be allowed on the course.

Getting There

Threipmuir reservoir is located in the Pentland Hills on the south of Balerno, which itself is located to the West of Edinburgh.

Follow the signs in Currie or Balerno to Harlaw car park. Car parking will be limited so please car share if possible.

The Race Registration will be at Harlaw Farm (post code EH14 7AS)

Registration will open at 8.30am and close at 9.30am.

From Registration runners will make their way to the Start and Finish point at Threipmuir Farm. Please allow 20 minutes to get to the Start from Registration.

There will be space for baggage storage at Threipmuir Farm.

Toilet facilities will be very limited.

Sponsors

The race is kindly supported by our generous sponsors:

Run and Become

Broxburn Browns

Other sponsors will be announced shortly.

Charities

The race organisers are delighted to help support the following charities:

Youth Vision

Youth Vision is a charity that was founded in 2005 by Sara Beauregard and Claudia Goncalves. They work with young people from South West Edinburgh that are struggling with formal education, or are excluded from school, and are not engaged in training, or employment. They offer a range of nature based informal education services that aim to develop confidence and self-esteem to support a healthy transition to adulthood and more positive destinations.

Pentland Hills Ranger Service

The Voluntary Ranger Service has operated in the Pentland Hills Regional Park since 1997 and continues to make an excellent contribution to the work of the Regional Park. Voluntary Rangers are individuals from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, including retired people, students and those with a keen interest in the Pentland Hills.

They patrol the Regional Park at the weekends, giving advice to visitors and checking the state of the path network. There is also the opportunity to take part in biodiversity survey, back marking guided walks and helping at events. The Voluntary Rangers receive intensive training that enable them to assist in the delivery of park services.

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust works to conserve and enhance the river, its heritage and wildlife: The Trust promotes education and recreation through the Visitor Centre, and works with volunteers and community groups to deliver around 100 river clean-ups and habitat improvement tasks annually.

The Trust was established in 1988 by residents concerned about Edinburgh's river and its future. From small beginnings this voluntary organisation grew and in 1997 the Trust was successful in obtaining funding for a £5 million capital project to complete the Water of Leith walkway and renovate the Slateford School house into the Water of Leith Visitor Centre. Today their mission is to conserve and enhance the Water of Leith as a haven for biodiversity and be an educational and recreational resource for all.

Race run under SAF Permit No: 16. Race Director Moira Nicol