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Merrick Hill Race
Date Sunday, 16 September 2018
Time 12:00
Venue Bruce`s Stone, Glentrool, nr Newton Stewart
Category
Entry Fee £8 (£6 SAL members)
Distance 13.6 km
Climb 1000 m
Male Record 1:06:20 - Gregor Stewart (2015)
Female Record 1:18:46 - Kerstin Leslie (2015)
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Notes

MERRICK HILL RACE SUNDAY 16th SEPTEMBER 2018 AT 12 NOON

ROUTE (8 miles, 2,900 ft climb)

The race starts near Bruce’s Stone (GR41580 3) with an immediate steep climb of 673ft up the Fell of Eschoncan (GR412807 - 1148ft, stone cairn, not trig point). From there follow a rough path north for half a mile to a forest road. Cross the road and follow the deer fence for about 200 yards up to the wooden style. Climb over the style and follow the route marks up the Bennan hill and then follow the line of rock outcrops until you reach the deer fence just before the stone wall. Turn left round the rocks and follow the fence to the second wooden style. After crossing it, go straight ahead for a few yards and follow a path leading to the steel gate in the wall. Go through the gate.

This steel gate must be left shut after going through. This is a marshal point so you shouldn’t need to close it yourself but if for any reason there is no marshal you must close it if you are on your own or last of a group.

Turn left to follow the wall to the corner or take a short cut by going straight ahead to join the wall and the tourist path leading up to Benyellary (GR415839 - 2359ft). Follow the wall over the summit and down 190ft to the col at the Neive of the Spit. The wall at this point is in poor repair and you can pass the Neive on either side of the wall. From there, turn right, away from the wall to follow the tourist path to the summit of the Merrick (GR427855 - 2765ft).

Bamboo canes topped with hi-viz tape mark the route from Eschoncan up to the steel gate, after that follow the wall and path. If misty marks will be set where the route leaves the Neive to the path.

This final ascent from the Neive of the Spit to Merrick summit is a wide, featureless slope. Take care to find and use the summit path in mist. If you do get lost at this point, head north until you reach either the path or a steep drop, Black Gairy, if the latter then turn east to regain the path.

The route down is to exactly follow the up route. If the top is in cloud take great care leaving the cairn as the path near the summit is indistinct for the first 100 yards or so. It is very easy to head off in the wrong direction. If you lose the path on the descent, head southwest to reach the wall.

Any runner retiring from the race must report this to the nearest marshal, another runner, or at race control.

The race is bound by Scottish Hill Runners (SHR) rules. All runners taking part are required to carry with them a map, compass, whistle and full body cover. Every runner’s gear is checked at registration and any not complying will not be allowed to start.

For full safety info go to: http://www.scottishhillrunners.uk/Safety.aspx

REFRESHMENTS & TOILETS

The Forest Enterprise visitor centre will be open at Stroan Bridge (GR372786). Tea, coffee etc, and toilets are available there. For the event there will a temporary toilet located in the Bruce’s Stone carpark.

PRIZEGIVING

Will be held at Bruce’s Stone ASAP after the race finishes and the paperwork done.

PARKING

Parking is mainly in the tourist car park below Bruce’s Stone. Competitors cars will not be allowed access to the small upper car park which is reserved for the race organisers and helpers. Please follow the directions of the marshals.

Race Organiser
Organiser Name Peter Trenchard
Email ptrenchard@btinternet.com
Address 11 Wheatfield Road, Girvan, Ayrshire
Postcode KA26 9DY
Phone 01465 713230
Mobile 07796 581643
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