A race from Traquair House in Innerleithen to Broughton
in the scenic Scottish Borders. Race category AL,
30km / 18 miles, 1500m / 4900ft ascent.
4th Saturday in September
The Two Breweries was established in 1983, making it one
of the oldest hill races in Scotland. The race is held on
the 4th Saturday in September, starting on the lawn in
front of the courtyard gates
at Traquair House
at 12 noon and finishing in front
The record (2:33:57) was set by John Taylor in 1991. John
was an international athlete who died in 2002, aged 33,
from a heart condition known as cardiomyopathy.
Taylor Foundation was created to raise awareness of
this condition, and to assist young athletes. The women's
record (2:53:56) was set by Angela Mudge in 2000. Results
from previous years can be found
The race is around 30km / 18 miles, and includes some 1500m /
4900ft of ascent. The terrain predominantly follows hill
tracks, but includes sections of open heather with some
short sections along country roads.
This race is an arduous event which should not be
undertaken by runners who are unfit or are inexperienced
in the hills. Full emergency kit comprising wind and
waterproof full body cover, a map of the entire race
route, orienteering-type compass, whistle and food
equivalent to a chocolate bar must be carried by all
runners. Runners must be at least 18 years old.
There are eight marshalled checkpoints. Water is available
at Glenrath Farm and Stobo Home Farm. These checkpoints
are also retiral points. Hill rescue cover is provided by
OS grid reference
Stobo Home Farm
This fly-over of the route will give you an idea of what to expect.
A bus leaves Broughton for Traquhair at 10am, with race
registration at Traquhair. There is a strict kit-check
before the race.
Prize giving is held at Broughton Village Hall, where
runners and supporters can enjoy hot soup, cake and
perhaps even a well-earned beer!
We are delighted to be supported
by Traquair House
Ales, both of whose fine products regularly appear as
prizes. The race would not be possible without the kind
permission of the local landowners.
We are also delighted to be associated
with Tweedgreen, a
voluntary organisation of local people working towards a
self-sustaining Tweeddale by promoting local food,
encouraging local energy generation, and reducing energy
use and waste.
Locals taking part will appreciate the beauty and
interests of the Scottish Borders. Those coming from
further afield may be interested in what the Borders has
to offer. Why not treat the family to a weekend away!
Local accommodation and information about the area can be
found at the following tourism sites:
Scottish Hill Runners
is an independent organisation supporting hill running in
Scotland. SHR organises the Scottish Championship race
series, and provides race insurance for the TBHR. The
images on this web site are courtesy of SHR.
Westerlands Cross Country Club
arguably one of the best small-to-medium sized hill
running clubs in the West End of Glasgow. The TBHR is one
of seven or so hill running events organised each year by
Please don't hesitate to contact the race organiser (John
Hamer) if you have any questions about the race.
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