Manor Water Hill Race
This race is organised by Carnethy Hill Running Club
Contact: Chris Henty
– and held in conjuction with the Manor Water Sheepdog Trials
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History of the Race
The race began in 1992 as an adjunct to the Manor Water Sheepdog Trials that had been taking place since 1960 odd.
Originally organised by local farmer John Nash, with help from local “retired hill runner” Graham Pyatt. Graham took over the organisation after John died in 1995, and his commitment to the race has made it a well-established and loved event by locals and hill runners alike. Graham stood down as organiser in 2012.
The course has changed a little over the years. Originally it started in a field at NT212396, near Haswellsykes. In 1999 we followed the advice of runners in 1998 who suggested that the section of road (500m), at the beginning and end, could be removed by going directly across fields. In 2004 the start was moved to near Woodhouse Farm (when the sheep dog trial moved) allowing easier access to the hill and shortening the race distance.
The race starts from near Woodhouse Farm (on the Main Manor Valley Road). The return from The Scrape is the same as the outward route.
Venue: Woodhouse Farm, Manor, Peebles (Grid ref 217 378)
(signs from A72, one mile west of Peebles)
Distance: 10 ml, 2300 ft climb (Junior: 6.5 ml, 1300 ft climb). Marked course.
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Seniors: Woodhouse Farm to Scrape and back by same route. 10 miles +2300 ft climb
Juniors: Woodhouse Farm to Dead Wife’s Grave and back by same route. 6.5 ml + 1300 ft
Checkpoints: One only on each course, at the respective turning point.
Please note kit requirements as follows.
All competitors must carry full kit regardless of weather on the day. Kit checks will be taking place.
– Waterproof jacket (with taped seams and attached hood)
– Waterproof overtrousers
– Map (map below will be accepted)
– Compass (suitable for navigating the course)
All Carnethy organised races (unless stated otherwise) will adhere to the Scottish Hill Runners safety rules.
Full details on the Hill Racing Safety page
From the start near Woodhouse farm (Grid ref 217 378) at 600 ft the course ascends through two fields before crossing the public road.
The ascent continues on a section of the waymarked John Buchan Way up Glack Hope. At the top of Glack Hope cross the drystone dyke and turn Left. Thereafter the route follows vehicle tracks fairly close to the march dyke over White Knowe and Whitelaw Hill to the dip at ‘Dead Wife’s Grave’ (Gref 189351) where a marshal is in attendance. This is the turning point for the Juniors’ race who should ensure that the marshal knows their race number. Juniors follow the same route back.The seniors continue to follow the march dyke and finally a fence to the top of Scrape hill (G.ref 176325) at 2348 ft. There is, however, one section where the path leaves the dyke/fence and skirts the penultimate hill. This short-cut is recommended (and marked). Runners must call out their race number to the marshal before turning for home. Return by the same route exactly.Runners retiring from the race between Dead Wife’s Grave and Scrape should report to the marshal’s vehicle.The route is marked at intervals throughout.The bad weather alternative course will follow the same route but the turning point, rather than being at the top of The Scrape hill, will be earlier and lower down the hill at NT181332. This will, of course, be made clear to runners before the start, and the marshall will be at the new location.