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Scurry to the Sea

26 Jul 2020

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

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 2020 STTS event however, we will be adapting this years event to aline with present C19 social distancing practices. We aim to introduce a sportif style start rather than a mass start (this is still to be confirmed but will likely be a self start within a 10 minute window to enable safe distancing in the start area). All competitors will be issued with the latest contactless dibber system which you will wear on your wrist throughout and will flash at the start, each check point and the finishline as you pass by. The dibber will then go in a container at the finish to be cleaned thereafter.

Unfortunately, it is looking unlikely that we will be able to transport people on buses to the start due to social distancing issues. If you have signed up and this is the only way you can race then your entry will be refunded. We have therefore closed entries with bus transportation and all new sign up's will not include bus transport to the start. Notification will go out to those on the waitlist or who have signed up to the buses that they can still take part but must make their own way to register at the start.

Registration is likely to 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      

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

2019 Female Winner, Nicola Duncan, Race Fitness, 1.23.30



Registration will be at Midlothian ski centre between 8.00am and 8.40am. At registration you will receive your race number and a contactless dibber (please take care of this dibber as they retail at £60 each and you will be charged for any dibber not returned at the finishline).

Unfortunately, where we presently are in the government post lock down stages to transport 200 plus people to the startline from Musselburgh will not be possible without multiple double decker trips so it is looking very likely at this stage that we will need to cancel the buses to the start.

Sportif style - self starting from 8.50 am to 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.

Please respect current social distancing guidelines and respect any members of the public as you approach or pass by keeping 2 metres and a safe distance as you run past.








First 10 places£23.00
25 Jul 2020£26.00
First 20 places£19.00
Next 20 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

Status: Closed

EventAvailable/TotalClosing Date
Scurry to the Sea (no bus transport to start)??/21525 Jul 2020
Scurry to the Sea (Org with bus - now no bus)??/6721 Jul 2020


Peter Ness