MERRICK HILL RACE SUNDAY 15th SEPTEMBER 2019 AT 12 NOON
(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
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
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
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:
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.
Will be held at Bruce’s Stone ASAP after the race finishes and the
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.