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 Director

What an amazing day we had for this years 7R. Weather conditions were perfect, lots of blue sky, slight breeze and most importantly sunshine.

Underfoot conditions were a little soggy in places but generally good for running with some excellent times including new male and female course records! We had a 114 starters with 3 people withdrawing so we managed a respectable 111 finishers.

The race this year was won by James Britton from Carnethy Hill Racing Club in a new course record time of 1.21.57, and first female was Rachel Newstead also from Carnethy Hill Racing Club and also in a new course record time of 1.38.50.

Result as follows.

Top Males

  1. James Britton (Carnethy Hill Racing Club) 1.21.57
  2. John Redding (Linlithgow Athletic Club) 1.23.10
  3. Damien O'Looney (Harmeny Athletic Club) 1.24.28

Top Females

  1. Rachel Newstead (Carnethy Hill Racing Club) 1.38.50
  2. Abigail Robertson (Carnethy Hill Racing Club) 1.45.21
  3. Christine Macvarish (Lothian Running Club) 1.45.46

Provisional results including clubs can be found here.

We'd just like to say a huge thanks to all the marshals and volunteers without whom there’d be no race. Thanks also to Youth Vision for the soup etc and the bakers of Harmeny Pentland Runners for the cakes. Thanks to all our sponsors and supporters runandbecome, 2Pure, etc. with special thanks to Appin Sports for the amazing medals.

Hope to see you all back again in 2018.

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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. This year we have an amazing array of companies who have agreed to support our wee race:

Run and Become

Appin Sports

Broxburn Browns

Tunnock's

Paterson Arran

Oriam

2Pure

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.

Tiphereth

Tiphereth is an independent Edinburgh-based Camphill charity for people with learning disabilities and other support needs. The chariy has three residential care homes, a wide variety of day services and a social enterprise. Their vision is to integrate the holistic nature of Camphill with the requirements of delivering an outstanding care service.

Race run under SAF Permit No: 17-552. Race Director Moira Nicol