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Sunday 10th October 2021

Entries Open
Wednesday 1st September 2021 at 20:00
Entries Close
Thursday 23rd September 2021
Entries so Far
279 Participants
Waiting List Entries
30 Participants
Entry Fees
Entry Fee   £12.00   
Race Organiser - Joel Sylvester

A Category 'A' Long hill race covering 16 miles and 6200 feet of ascent in the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh.

Registration at the upper car park, Hillend Ski road, from 9:00am. Race start time is 11:00am.

ANY ASPECT OF THE RACE MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE if the Covid19 situation demands. The race is run under Scottish Athletics Covid19 Framework and Guidance. There will likely be updates to the instructions and rules until just prior to the race. Please don't assume the locations and timing will be the same as in previous years.

Taking part in this race is a serious undertaking. As a rule of thumb, your finish time will be comparable to your road marathon time. The race route includes steep ascents and descents, on loose and rough ground, and sections of difficult open moorland. The course is mostly unmarked, you are expected to be able to navigate in low visibility conditions. 


Entries are online only, and will remain open until Sunday 3rd October. If the race has filled, then a waiting list will be made available. There will not be any entries on the day.

Withdrawals can be made by notifying the race director at any time up until midday on Sunday 3rd October. We will endeavour to refund your entry fee, minus our unavoidable administrative costs, but this cannot be guaranteed.

Substitutions can be made on the SiEntries site up until midday on Wednesday 6th October.

The entry fee is £12. This includes £2 which will be donated to the Pentland Hills Regional Park for path maintenance and other improvements. 

Please read and understand the following rules and conditions of entry.

Race Rules - general

  1. Competitors MUST have the following minimum kit with them at all times during the race.
    This is the minimum kit requirement for this event, but you are responsible for carrying any additional items you consider necessary for your own protection given the conditions, or as the race organiser may dictate on the day.
    1. Waterproof jacket with hood
    2. Waterproof overtrousers
    3. Hat and gloves
    4. Map and compass suitable for navigating the course.
    5. Whistle
    6. Suitable running shoes - fell shoes or equivalent. Road shoes are not acceptable
    7. A face mask, which must be worn at registration and before the start, carried with you during the race, and worn once across the finish line.
  2. Hill Racing experience is required. This race is not suitable for beginner hill racers. If you are in any doubt about your eligibility to run the race, contact the race organiser.
  3. Navigational skills will be required. The course is unmarked except where a set line is required to prevent erosion. You MUST be able to find your way in cloud/rain using your map and compass. You cannot depend on being able to follow a path or another runner. Local knowledge might be an advantage though in general the racing line follows paths and trods.
  4. All competitors must be aged 18 or over on day of race.
  5. You are responsible for your own safety. If you see someone in trouble YOU MUST HELP, even if it costs you the race.
  6. Runners taking more than 2 hours 15 mins to reach checkpoint 12 (The Drove Road) are required to retire and accept a lift to the start/finish. Drove Road marshals decision is final.
  7. Runners are not allowed to run with their dogs on the course.
  8. Running poles are allowed, but please keep them folded until you are past Caerketton Hill and make sure they do not impede or endanger other runners.
  9. No race parking anywhere on the Hillend ski access road or ski centre. Any competitors found parked at the ski centre will be penalised the time equivalent to walking to the start from the main road (15 minutes).

Race Rules - Retirement Procedure

If you must retire from the race, you must do so in a safe manner. All registered runners who fail to finish MUST hand their race number in at the finish line

  1. Continue to and report to the nearest race marshal. 
  2. We recommend (if possible) using one of the two escape points indicated on the published race map.
  3. YOU MUST REPORT TO THE FINISH LINE. You must hand your race number into the finish. This is essential, and failure to do so will make life very difficult for the race organisers. We are under an obligation to account for all competitors who have registered for the race. If we cannot account for you, we have to find you. This is usually difficult, time consuming and stressful, and we may have to involve the Police. If you think this is alarmist, then please read about the Sailbeck tragedy in 2012. If you do not comply with this rule then we may report you to Scottish Hill Runners, and ask for your banning from future SHR races.

Note that the above are Mandatory Safety Rules, supplemental to those given by Scottish Hill Runners safety policy. Both sets of rules apply. The rules are for both your safety and the race organisers. It is the competitors responsibility to understand and accept the rules. Any questions should be directed to the race organiser. 

Other Race Information

  1. Suitable Maps: (The downloadable map found at the Skyline Race Page  is sufficient for the race if you are comfortable with it)
    1. Explorer 344: Pentland Hills, Penicuik & West Linton (1:25000)
    2. Landranger 66: Edinburgh, Penicuik & North Berwick (1:50000)
    3. Harvey Pentland Hills (1:25000)
  2. The organiser recommends trying this course before race day or at least doing some training runs of equivalent height and distance. This race is much harder than you might expect 16 miles to be.
  3. Race Control contact number: 07952 640614 (emergency only).
  4. A covered area for bags will be available at race start, but the race cannot accept any responsibility for their security.
  5. There will be plentiful race parking available on the main road and in a sign posted field behind the Lothianburn Golf Club House, 300m North of the Hillend Ski Road junction. Any competitors found parked on the Ski Road or at the Snowsports Centre car park will be penalised. We do not want a repeat of 2016 when the race was delayed by competitors ignoring this rule!

Please read the Official Race Page for more information including a course description and a printable race map.

Data Protection Legislation

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CHRC will use information provided to us by SiEntries for the sole purpose of the organisation and safe running of the Pentland Skyline Race.  CHRC will retain and make public the following results information indefinitely (subject to your legal right to request erasure, correction etc) : Your name, gender, age group, club, race times and race finish positions. All other personal information in CHRC possession will be erased within 3 months of the race date.

Covered by Refund Protect

This event offers the option to purchase upgraded refundable terms, so that participants may be able to get a refund if they are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

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