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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Provisonal 7R Results now available on results page

Congratulations to all the runners who ran the 7 Reservoirs event today. The weather was perfect, and although the conditions were a little icy underfoot in places the course record was smashed by almost 4 minutes by Alexander Chepelin of Carnethy Hill Racing Club in an amazing time of 1:16:44 (in fact the first three runners were all inside the old course record!)

First lady home was Natalie Stewart of Central AC in an excellent time of 01:39:49

Provisional results for race including clubs can be found here.

Some great pictures from Mike Taylor can also be found here. Slideshow of images is below as well

RACE UPDATE 4/12/21

The course was checked this morning and is in great condition. It is, however, heavy sleet at the moment and with the promise of sub zero temperatures tonight it is likely not to be so easy peasy tomorrow.

The bottom of Green Cleuch, the large stepping stones at the river crossing and the tarred section past Loganlea and Glencourse Reservoirs will probably be icy and you're advised to run on the grass verges where possible.

SOME REMINDERS :-

  • If you have Covid symptoms or test positive, don't come.
  • Parking is very limited. Car share or get dropped off if possible
  • Toilets are limited
  • Bring a bag with warm clothes for after. There will be storage space at the Youth Vision premises. (Take the opportunity to have a look around Youth Vision)
  • If you plan taking water at the water station bring your own cup or bottle.
  • Friends of the Pentlands will be selling their 2022 calendars at registration, up until 9.00am. £6 or 3 for £15.00. Bring cash if you want one
  • It takes 15 - 20 minutes to walk from registration to the start

Finally - READ THE RACE BRIEFING

V7R Results now available on results page

Congratulations to all the runners who completed the Virtual 7 Reservoirs event.

Provisional results for the 2021 V7R including clubs can be found here.

A great offer from our fantastic sponsors Run and Become!

It applies to entrants for both the main race and the virtual event

10% discount at Run and Become ONLINE 24/7 and instore

All entrants to the Pentlands 7 Reservoirs races can receive a 10% discount off running shoes, clothing and accessories at Run and Become, Edinburgh’s Specialist Running Shop, in Queensferry Street. The offer applies to all full priced goods, but not to sale items, books and nutrition items.

Whether you are running the real or virtual race,simply mention Pentlands 7 Reservoirs in store or apply the code PENTLANDS7R to all online sales at checkout.

7R Half Marathon Race 5th December 2021

The race this year will revert to a physical event and will be held on Sunday December 5th 2021 at 10am.

There will be NO entries accepted on the day. Please note that unless the race is cancelled, entries are non-refundable. Entries also cannot be deferred and are not transferable.

All finishers will receive a quality medal from Appin Sports.

There will be trophies for the fastest three male and female runners. There will be be prizes for age category winners at O/50, O/60 and O/70

Thanks again to all our generous sponsors and supporters, without which we could not have put on the race

Virtual Race November 2021

As a result of all the positive comments received after our virtual event last year we have decided to also have a virtual event this year in addition to the race on the day.

The rules are the the same as last year, namely:

Your run must be done on any day (or night if you're daft enough) between 1st November and midnight on 30th November 2021

Competitors can run or walk the route (no bikes)

A GPX file of the route is available here (right click and save a copy to your computer) and a full description of the route is available here. You can also view the route on MapMyRun here and you can download a GPX or KML file from there to put on your Garmin or mobile device.

If you don't know the route it might be wise to recce any bits that you're not sure of prior to your timed run.

Any profits will be shared with Pentland related charities

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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 £18 (SA affliated) and £20 (non-SA affiliated)

The virtual race will open later in the year, details on this page:

Entry for the virtual race race will be £6 for all runners

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.

Sponsors

The race is kindly supported by our generous sponsors. This year we are supported by these companies who have agreed to support our wee race:

Stewart Brewing

Run and Become

Tunnocks

Balerno Inn

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.

Friends of the Pentlands

The Friends of the Pentlands seek to act as a catalyst to promote the conservation, protection and enhancement of the Pentland Hills, with particular emphasis on recreational quality, public access, cultural heritage, landscape and biodiversity.

Each year they organise a programme of walks and two talks. The walks are of varying length and difficulty. Some have an educational theme, e.g. birds, social history, fungi etc, while others are simply to enjoy the countryside and the company of like-minded walkers. The talks are on topics related to the Pentlands, i.e. biodiversity, history etc. They also undertake environmental projects and in recent years they have replaced a footbridge, undertaken a major way marking project, restored a wildlife pond, replaced a bird hide, planted trees, and put up bird boxes.

Pentland Hills Regional Park

The Pentland Hills Regional Park encompasses a stunning range of medium-sized hills stretching from the City of Edinburgh bypass down to Carlops. Three local authorities cover the area, which is a mixture of publicly-owned land (such as Hillend, Bonaly, and Harlaw), and private land used for farming and sport shooting.

The Regional Park Natural Heritage Officers (formerly known as Countryside Rangers)are part of a family of Rangers who work to conserve and protect natural and cultural resources, and inform and educate all who work, visit and enjoy them.

Here in the Pentlands, the Service undertake a wide variety of duties. No two days are ever the same and any one day could include outdoor conservation work, wildlife surveying, inspecting the 100km of paths in the hills, working with practical conservation groups, liaison with landowners and the public, writing management plans and reports, making and taking numerous phone calls, never mind emails and texts!

Race run under SAF Permit No: 11938 Race Director Donald Sandeman