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Scurry to the Sea

26 Jul 2020

Organiser's Description

Scurry to the Sea

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.

The Course

Registration is at the finish by Musselburgh Fisherrow Harbour beach and transport will be provided to the startline. If you have signed up under 'no transport to the start' then there will be a seperate registration at Hillend before the start.

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      

2017 Male Winner, Robert Turner, Edinburgh Athletics Club, 1.18.07

2019 Female Winner, Nicola Duncan, Race Fitness, 1.23.30



Registration  is at Musselburgh Fisherrow harbour beach, (near the finish line) New Street, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6DH between 7.00am and 8.00am for those taking the race transport to the startline.

Please note there are 2 sign up's for this event. 

Unless you have chosen the second option for 'no transport to the start' then your race entry includes transportation to the start line.  Buses leave sharp at 8.00am so please be on the bus or you will miss the start.

If you have signed up under 'no transport to the start' then you do not have a place on a bus and need to organise your own transport to the start line. There will be a seperate registration by the start for those making their own way to Hillend and timings will be communicted nearer the time (likely to be 8.15am before the buses arrive).

9.00am start – 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
21 Jul 2020£26.00
First 10 places£23.00
21 Jul 2020£26.00
To sign-up for this event, the Service Fee is 4% (min 50p) for each sign-up

Dates and Status

Date: 26 Jul 2020

Closing Date: 21 Jul 2020

Status: Open

Scurry to the Sea??/200
Scurry to the Sea (no bus transport to start)??/60


Peter Ness