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 a day!

Thank you so much everyone for making 7Rs 2023 one to remember. Awesome running, awesome volunteering, awesome sponsors, awesome soup!

Underfoot conditions were snowy and icy in places but generally good for running with some excellent times. We had a 111 starters with only 1 withdrawal due to injury so we managed a respectable 110 finishers.

The race this year was won by Ewan Crawford from HBT in a time of 01:25:12, and first female was Katie Williams also from HBT in a time of 1.37.12.

Result as follows.

Top Males

  1. Ewan Crawford (Hunters Bog Trotters) 1.25.12
  2. Killian Mooney 1.25.31
  3. Sean Walker (Pitreavie AAC) 1.28.32

Top Females

  1. Katie Williams (Hunters Bog Trotters) 1.37.12
  2. Natalie Stewart (Penicuik Harriers) 1.39.33
  3. Alice Baird 1.50.50

Provisional results including clubs can be found here.

There's some amazing photos of you out on the course too here. and a huge thank you to Mike for capturing some great action shots.

We'd just like to say a huge thanks to all the marshals and volunteers without whom there would be no race. Thanks also to Youth Vision for the soup etc and the bakers of Harmeny Pentland Runners for the cakes.

Thanks once again to all our generous sponsors and supporters Stewart Brewing and Up and Running without which we could not have put on the race

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7R Half Marathon Race 3rd December 2023

We are delighted to announce that the race this year will be going ahead and will be held on Sunday December 3rd 2023 at 10am.

Entries will open on Entry Central in early September.and there will be a maximum of 150 places available.

If there more than 150 entries then there will be a ballot and a short waiting list.

Unfortunately as many of you may be aware a number of the local land owners in the Pentlands have increased the payment required for access to allow us to put on the race so we have had to increase the entry fee to 30 (28 for SA members).

There will be NO entries accepted on the day. Please note that unless the race is cancelled, entries are non-refundable although a 50% refund will be made if the runner withdraws by October 31st.

Entries also cannot be deferred and are not transferable.

All finishers will receive a quality medal and a goody bag.

There will be trophies for the fastest three male and female runners. There will 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

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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 28 (SA affliated) and 30 (non-SA affiliated) plus EC handling fee

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

Up and Running

Further sponsors to be announced

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: 13238 Race Directors: Dougie Porteous and Rachel Shannon