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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Race Update for 2020

Virtual 7R Details and Rules

Entries will open on Entry Central on 1st October and will remain open until 31st October.

Entrants must be at least 18 years of age on the day they run.

Your run must be done on any day (or night if you're daft enough) between 1st November and midnight on 30th November 2020

Competitors can run or walk the route (no bikes)

The run must be completed over the full race half marathon route in one single attempt. Your time can be accepted on an honesty basis but, if you wish to be included in results, you MUST submit a screenshot or download of your run. This MUST be of elapsed/race time and NOT moving time. (No stopping watch for a picnic, rest or swim)

IMPORTANT: This must be submitted on the SAME day as your run, details of how to do this will be in your Entry Central confirmation email.

If you don't have a running watch, and can't borrow one, you can download Strava or similar on a smart phone

Only one run will be accepted from each competitor (It's not best out of three)

You can start or finish at any point on the route, so long as you complete the whole course, and must go in direction of race (anti-clockwise). If you do not start at the official start/finish you must still complete the out and back section on the path between Harlaw and Threipmuir reservoirs turning at the gap in the wall where the south east path round Harlaw Reservoir joins this path.

The event is licensed by Scottish Athletics and you must comply with all Scottish Government guidelines at the time of the run. At present this means runners from only two different households can run together.

Don't even think about dropping litter and remember that the route may also be getting used by walkers, dogs, cyclists, horses etc. Have consideration for others. Although the route is near Edinburgh remember that parts of it are fairly remote and it's normally a lot colder on the hill. Weather can change quickly and you're strongly recommended to carry at least a spare jacket and a space blanket as, hopefully, you would on any hill run.

All finishers will receive a quality medal from Appin Sports. They will also receive discount vouchers from our sponsors Stewart Brewery and Run and Become

There will be trophies for the fastest three male and female runners. There will be vouchers from ScotMid at Balerno for age category winners at O/40, O/50, O/60 and O/70

There will also be prizes for best photo on the route, funniest photo and even best fancy dress! Submit any photos and keep up to date on race chat Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/2543717239197516

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 6 (SA affliated) and 8 (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.

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

Appin Sports

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: 11532 Race Director Donald Sandeman