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The 31st Bennachie Hill Race, sponsored by Craigdon Mountain Sports

26 Sep 2021

This Festival is in a testing state, and is not open for public sign-ups until the organiser has launched it.

Organiser's Description

The Bennachie Hill Race is firmly established in the calendar as one of the most popular races in North-East Scotland among hill and road runners alike. At around 8.2 miles in length and with a total of 1600ft of ascent (13.1km and 500m), the race is an achievable challenge for everyone. The route is all off-road, and good trail shoes are recommended.

The Bennachie Hill Race starts at the Back O’Bennachie car park near Insch and takes in many of the famous ‘tops’ of Bennachie, including Oxen CraigCraigshannoch and Mither Tap itself.  The route returns to the start via the famous ‘Maiden’s Causeway’, past Hosie’s Well and Nursery Cottage. Please note that the route may be subject to change due to forestry work.

In addition to the main (Senior) Hill Race, there is also a Junior Hill Race for runners aged 13–17, which is approximately 5k (3.1miles) in length and features 150m (500ft) of ascent.


Senior Hill Race (18+) £12 entry (*)

Junior Hill Race (13–17) £3 entry (*)

(*) An administration fee of .50p will be applied to each entry by our online entry system partner, Entry Central.

As this year's event will be fully chip timed, there will be absolutely no entries accepted on the day for either the Junior or the Senior Hill Race.


Registration and race number pick-up will open at 12.30pm and close at 1.30pm sharp, so please arrive in good time.

The Junior Hill Race will start at 2.00pm. The Senior Hill Race will start at 2.10pm.

Parking will be in the field next to the Back O'Bennachie car cark, near Oyne, Aberdeenshire AB52 6RH. Forestry and Land Scotland parking charges still apply and are the runner’s responsibility.

There will be no bag drop or changing facilities at the event. Runners are advised to arrive ready to run and to leave all possessions in their cars, at their own risk.

The prevailing scottishathletics event and Scottish Government Covid-19 policies will apply on the day.

Entrants will be emailed final instructions the week of the race.


If the 2021 Bennachie Hill Race reaches capacity before entries close, a limited waiting list – to be deployed on a first-come first-served basis in the case of pre-event withdrawals – will be opened. 

Runners may transfer their entries to another runner themselves via Entry Central until 19 September. After that point, runners unable to attend the race are asked to notify the club Secretary so that the place may be reassigned to someone on the waiting list. Runners whose places are thus reassigned will not be refunded.

The 31st Bennachie Hill Race is organised by the Garioch Roadrunners and is a scottishathletics licensed event (no. 11743) held under UK Athletics rules.

Thanks to Craigdon Mountain Sports for their generous sponsorship of the event. 

For more information about the Garioch Roadrunners, please see our website and public facebook page or drop us a line via the club Secretary.


23 Sep 2021£12.00
23 Sep 2021£3.00
To sign-up for this event, the Service Fee is 4% (min 50p) for each sign-up

Dates and Status

Date: 26 Sep 2021

Closing Date: 23 Sep 2021

Status: Closed

Bennachie Hill Race (Senior)??/200
Bennachie Hill Race (Junior)??/20


Gordon Orr



Back o'Bennachie Near Oyne, Aberdeenshire AB52 6RH