Race Rules

We have a few key race “rules” which are more guidelines than rules, but if you keep these in mind you won’t go far wrong. We’re not a big fan of rules, but they’re in place to ensure a fair, safe race for all participants and also to ensure the future of the event.

Keep an eye out for your fellow runner on the course. If someone is struggling, have a word with them, gee them on a bit and if you’re concerned for their wellbeing, let the race crew know.

If you’re doing something which feels wrong to you, or you’re the only one doing it (your support crew meeting you somewhere nobody’s else is and giving you a foot rub while fanning you), then there’s a good chance its not in the spirit of the event.

The race team are there to look after you and give you every chance of finishing. They have given up their time for free, for the love of the sport, so please make them feel valued in whatever interaction you may have with them.

No littering will be tolerated!! We will have bins/rubbish bags at checkpoints, but 99% of you will be running with race vests, so if you have rubbish, please put it in one of your pockets and ditch it at a checkpoint.

Whenever you enter one of our races, you’ll see a link to these rules and by entering, you’re acknowledging that you’ve read them and agree to abide by them. If you’re unsure about any of these, please get in touch with us before entering and we’ll answer any questions you may have.

Despite what some of the race team would like to think, we can’t be everywhere at once and don’t have eyes in the back of our head, so our marshals are our eyes & ears out the course. They have our full support when making decisions which are all made with your safety in mind.

In these days where social media is so prevalent, please take a few minutes to re-read these rules before race day. We strongly believe that people don’t turn up on the day intending to break any race rules, so please don’t be that person who puts us in an awkward position because you’ve unwittingly broken one of them.

As with everything, if you’re unsure about anything on this page, please just ask!

You are expected to carry your own mandatory kit for the duration of the event. However, for those on the ultra marathon, you can leave your head torch in Peebles and collect it on the way out to the second half of the course.

We don’t like pacers or support runners! This is an endurance challenge for solo runners.

Tell your dog we said “hi”! We love dogs, but its a condition of our race insurance so that you’re not allowed to run with them..

Both races cross working farmland – please ensure to close any gates after you and look out for farming machinery.

Runners must be aged 20 years or over on race day. This is another condition of our race insurance. We will perform spot-checks at race registration, so please bring photo ID with you.

Runners can listen to music when running, but please be aware of your fellow runners and members of the public. Headphones must be removed when running on any section of road, approaching road crossings or checkpoints.

You will see more and more races enforcing a “no headphones” rule now as its a stipulation of event insurance whenever runners are on a road which is not fully closed to traffic. The exception to this is bone conducting headphones which don’t cover the ear, so allow you to listen to music but still hear everything going-on around you.

Runners must follow instructions issued by marshals.

The decision of any Race Director regarding the race, results, or runner safety is final.

Similarly, the decision of our race Medical Director must be respected.

We may need to revise rules and/or make adjustments to the courses to take account of external factors we encounter on the day – these are to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

We maintain the right to refuse or revoke entry to any applicant, where they believe that accepting the entry could prejudice the event, event team, event sponsors, associates or staff. This right of refusal extends to include applications where acceptance is considered by us to be likely to infringe upon the enjoyment of any persons connected with the event, including staff, marshals, volunteers & other competitors.

We reserve the right to grant a place to any runner who in their opinion, has made, or is expected to make a contribution to the overall success of the race.

The use of walking poles is prohibited under our Scottish Athletics Insurance.

We rely on the goodwill of a number of different landowners and organisations in order to stage these races, so need to make sure that we cause as little disruption as possible to these beautiful areas we are allowed to use.