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Scurry to the Sea 2021

25 Jul 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

Scurry to the Sea 2021

A unique 12 mile running event and a chance to take in some of Edinburgh’s finest views.

Starting with a short hill run to the top of Allemuir in the Pentland’s its then downhill all the way! Heading from hilltop to the sea you take on a good mix of cross country, urban orienteering and road-running while navigating your way to the sandy beach finish on Musselburgh beach.

Our aim is to still run the 2021 STTS and with the recent changes in levels the present aim will be to have 2 or 3 start bubbles of 75-100 competitors at a time rather than individual sportif style starts. 

We will unfortunately not be running the buses again this year and will be unable to transport people on buses to the start due to ongoing social distancing issues. If you have signed up and this is the only way you can race then your entry will be refunded. 

To keep things simple all Registration will again take place in the Hillend ski centre following a one way system and self check in picking up race number and dibber and exiting a seperate door. We will provide pre race information in the week leading up to the event explaining in more detail how the adaptations to this years event will take place however, I think by now we all know that the distance of 'one of the highland cows' you may encounter along the first hill section is the desired distance we will aim to keep as competitors, volunteers and event staff throughout.

The Course

At just under 12 miles and taking in mixed terrain this running event will start at the Hillend ski centre car park with a short lung buster up behind the centre building before following a route to the top of Allemuir Hill at 1627ft (check point 1). At the top you will have a view all the way down towards the sea. Entrants will continue the hill running section down past Swanston Golf course. From there you need to navigate your own way via the mandatory checkpoints towards the finish line by the sea on Musselburgh harbour beach.

There will be 2 more mandatory check points to help guide you and to show you have passed through.

Our suggested route takes you down paths through Oxgangs and into the scenic Braidburn valley Park. From there you will pass by the Braid hotel and through the wooded Hermitage of Braid. Check point 2 is at the entrance to the Hermitage. From the Hermitage you can run along Blackford Glen road and make your way over and down doubles hedges road and into Inch Park. Exit round the Inch Park nursery road and find the path just over Old Dalkeith road around Craigmillar Castle Park and on to our 3rd check point at the start of the Kings Haugh entering Peffermill industrial estate.

Continue down Kings Haugh and over Duddingston Road west to the cycle path running behind Duddingston golf course. Follow the cycle path for another 2 miles crossing the A6106 then under the A1 and across the Range carpark, before running over the Railway Bridge and Gilberstoun road onto Brunstane Rd South. From there you will find the Brunstane Burn path for the final mile and a half down to the sea. From the Edinburgh road find the marked entrance to the beach and the compulsory scurry across the sand to the finish by the sea.


Course Record holders      

2020 Male Winner, Andrew Macrae M50, Carnethy Hill Racing club - 1.16.25

2018 Female Winner, Rachel Normand, Carnethy Hill Running Club, 1.24.17


Timings (please note these are still subject to change and may involve similar C19 adaptations to 2020 for this 2021 event).

Registration 1  is at Musselburgh Fisherrow harbour beach, (near the finish line) New Street, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6DH between 7.00am and 8.00am.

Your race entry then includes transportation to the start line.  Buses leave sharp at 8.15am so please be on the bus or you will miss the start.

Should you wish to make your own way there then please let us know at registration.

Registration  is at Hillend by the start (for those who have signed up to 'no bus transport to the start' only. Please ignore the need to register at Musselburgh and we will sign you in at Hillend around 8.20 onwards. ) timings will be sent out in the week before the event. It is likely we will invite you in groups of 30 to arrive from 8.00/8.15 onwards for starts from 8.50am onwards.

First starters 8.50am – Midlothian Ski centre carpark Hillend.

Pre-entry online only (no entry on the day). Over 16's only.

To ensure safety the wearing of earphones is strictly prohibited. Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed to accompany runners on the course. This event is not suitable for push chairs, baby prams or run buggies.








First 20 places£19.00
Next 20 places£23.00
24 Jul 2021 23:59£26.00

To sign-up for this event, the Service Fee is 4% (min 50p) for each sign-up

Dates and Status

Date: 25 Jul 2021

Status: Closed

EventAvailable/TotalClosing Date
Scurry to the Sea 2021 (no bus transport to start)??/20424 Jul 2021 23:59
Scurry to the Sea 2021 (Org with bus - now no bus)??/3727 Jun 2021 23:59


Peter Ness