Harmeny's Seven Reservoirs Half goes Virtual
Pentland Hills challenge follows route of 'real life' event
Just over two weeks remain to secure a place in Harmeny Pentland Runners’ Virtual 7R Half-Marathon.
Entries to the challenge, which can be completed on any day in November, close on Saturday, 31 October.
The route of the virtual event follows that of the ‘real life’ 7R Half-Marathon, and is set almost entirely within the Pentland Hills Regional Park.
The route itself covers a variety of terrain and takes in the seven reservoirs of the Pentland Hills – Harlaw, Threipmuir, Loganlea, Glencorse, Bonaly, Torduff and Clubbiedean – and just under 1,100ft of elevation.
Runners taking on the challenge can start or finish at any point on the route, but must run in the direction of the race (anti-clockwise) and complete the whole 13.1 mile course.
Those choosing not to start at the ‘official’ start point must still complete the out and back section on the path between Harlaw and Threipmuir reservoirs.
A full description of the route and a GPX file is available on the event website.
Race times must be submitted on the same day as the attempt was made – and only one per entrant is allowed.
Organisers Harmeny AC also point out that although the race may be ‘virtual’ and set only a few miles from Edinburgh, the weather in the Pentlands is real and can change rapidly. Runners are expected to wear clothing appropriate to the conditions and carry a jacket, hat and gloves as a minimum.
All finishers will receive a medal from Appin Sports as well as discount vouchers from sponsors Stewart Brewery and Run and Become.
Prizes will be awarded for best photo on the route, funniest photo and even best fancy dress.
Profits from the event will be shared with the Pentland-related charities Youth Vision, Friends of the Pentlands and Pentland Hills Regional Park.