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A mixture of muddy tracks and steep, never-ending hill climbs makes this course one of the toughest out of all the Tough 10 events.

The amazing views and stunning scenery will make the thigh-burn worth it!

Here are some of the key statistics of the course terrain:

  • 60% paths
  • 30% grass 
  • 10% mud

This is just an initial course description as it may change before the event.

You must be aged 16 or over on the day of the event to take part. Persons aged 16 or 17 must take part with either a parent, guardian or, if having obtained their parent or legal guardian’s permission, another registered participant aged 18 or over.

Please see the Tough 10 Event Rules for more details

  • A fully signed and marshalled route
  • Chip timing
  • Free parking
  • First aid response across the whole course
  • Training guidance and pre-event support
  • Fundraising support
  • Free bag-drop
  • Water station on the course
  • Free bottle of water post event 
  • Medal for every participant

Will there be a bag drop?

Yes. There will be a free of charge bag drop in the event area, however we cannot take responsibility for any belongings – please do not bring valuables with you.

Will there be water available?

Yes. There will be one water station on the course and a bottle of water for each participant at the finish line. 

What is available for spectators?

There will be refreshment stands where spectators can purchase food and drink.

Are there toilets?

Yes, there will be toilets at the venue.

Are there shower facilities?

There are no shower facilities at the event so we suggest bringing a change of clothes with you. 

Are dogs allowed?  

There is a strict no dogs allowed policy at the venue and would advise that participants don’t bring their dogs on site.

The event area and start line is located at Bonaly Outdoor Centre, 71 Bonaly Rd, Edinburgh EH13 0PB

Travel update - 31st October 2017: We have been informed of a road closure that may affect your journey to the event. You will still have full access into Bonaly, however, your journey may take a little longer because of a diversion. Please plan ahead to avoid being late. Please follow this link to the council website: http://edinburgh.cdmf.info/public/disruptions/list.htm then type the event date and 'Colinton' into the search bar for further information.

By car

Please note there is strictly no parking at the venue - please do not continue to drive down Bonaly Road after the A720, to access the venue.

Signs and stewards will be available to follow on the day. Please car share where possible as parking will be on nearby residential streets, so we ask everyone to be considerate of local residents and not to block driveways or footpaths.  Failure to follow these instructions could jeopardise the future of the Tough 10 event for Cancer Research UK. 

There will be 15-20 minute walk from the closest streets, so please ensure you allow ample time to get from the car park to the event venue.

Drop Off Point

Participants can be dropped off at the junction with Torduff Road.

By Bus

From the centre of Edinburgh, Princes Street, the bus stop you need is on the same side as the Castle. Take a number 10 bus to Bonaly shop. It is then a 10-minute walk to the start.

The race will start at 11am. 

Please arrive 30 minutes before the start. You will need your running number that will be sent to you in the post prior to your event.

Before the race starts there will be a short warm up and safety briefing.

This route covers a mix of marked paths, grass and some muddy and boggy areas. We advise you wear trail or fell running shoes if you have them to give you more grip on the hills and muddy areas.

The weather in the Pentland Hills can be very changeable and can be cold and windy on the top of the hills. Please bring spare layers and dress appropriately for the conditions.


The race will be chip timed using ResultsBase.

The event will be timed via the chip on the back of your running number. You don't need to do anything to activate this, it will automatically time you when you cross the start line 

Event Day Volunteer

Whatever time you can join us at the event, there are so many ways you can help out on event day, whether you’re setting up marquees and putting out flags and banners or getting water to the start line and handing out medals at the finish. We’re on the lookout for volunteers with a proactive attitude and loads of enthusiasm to join the gang.  

Course Marshal Volunteer

Inspire, cheer and motivate participants by covering one of the marshal points on the course. This crucial role ensures the event runs smoothly and participants feel motivated. This role is perfect for team players with great communication skills who can use their initiative when dealing with anything that may occur on the course.

Sign up to volunteer

Raise money for life-saving research

Thanks to supporters like you, we have saved millions of lives through research into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. Every second counts, so it's critical that we raise as much as possible to continue this progress.

Together, we will beat cancer. If we get there a year quicker, we'll save 159,000 lives. If we get there a day quicker we'll save 430. If we get there just one hour quicker we'll save 18 lives.

Return your sponsorship

If you have already set up an online fundraising page, we will receive the money you raise automatically. If you have raised money using the sponsorship form in your pack, you can pay in the money you raised by phone using your debit/credit card – call us on 0300 123 1520​ or send us a cheque made payable to “Cancer Research UK” to:

Tough 10
Cancer Research UK
PO Box 1561

If you are a UK taxpayer, the value of your donation can increase by at least 25% under the Gift Aid scheme – at no additional cost to you!

Fancy a different challenge?

We have a variety of Tough 10 events available, including Tough, Tougher and Toughest challenges in spectacular locations across the country.