Dumyat Hill Race 2020

Wednesday 6th May 2020

The Dumyat Hill Race is a popular fixture on the hill running calendar – providing a fun, challenging event set around the University of Stirling campus. It also doubles as the Scottish Student Sport Hill Running Championship and Scottish Hill Running Race. The race has become a great tradition and a bucket list event for all University of Stirling students and staff.

This race is ideal for all levels, from those attempting their first hill race to the more experienced hill runner.

See all the pictures from the Dumyat Hill Race 2019.

Dumyat hill race


Registration is now open. For safety reasons, we have capped the entry limit so please enter online to avoid disappointment.

Register online via Eventbrite

Entry fee includes a t-shirt and stovies which will be provided post-race.

Registration will open at 5:30pm on race day for race number collection. 

For any enquires, please email student.sport@stir.ac.uk


The Dumyat comprises a 390 metre climb (1,280 feet) over an 8km (five mile) distance. To complete the route:

  • Start at the pedestrian crossing at the junction of the main university driveway with the road which leads to the residences.
  • Go up the hill past Pendrich Way Chalets.
  • Take the path on the left which leads behind Geddes court.
  • Turn right onto the bridle path.
  • Follow the bridal path until the end when it meets the road.
  • Turn left at the junction and go up the hill.
  • After around 75 yards, turn right through the hole in the wall into the woods.
  • Cross the burn and follow the path which veers to the right and goes up steeply.
  • Climb over the ‘fell gate’ and follow the path all the way to the top.
  • Turn at the top and re-trace your steps back down.


The Dumyat Hill Race continues to attract more than 300 entrants, each tackling the 390m climb across 8km of tough terrain. The race record stands at an incredible 32 minutes and 23 seconds, set by Murray Strain. Former World Mountain Running Champion Angela Mudge, a sports masseuse at the University, is the women’s record holder with a time of 36 minutes and 36 seconds.

Full results from the Dumyat Hill Race 2019

Full results from the Dumyat Hill Race 2018

View archived scores and reports

About the race

The Dumyat Hill Race attracts talented hill runners from across Scotland and provides a stern challenge, comprising a 390 metre climb (1,280 feet) over an 8km (five mile) distance.

It was first created when a University of Stirling psychologist laid a £1 bet claiming the return trip from the University’s Gannochy Pavilion to the top of the Dumyat was impossible in less than an hour.

On Graduation Day 1972 the £1 was lost by three minutes and, following the first ‘official race’ in 1973, it has been held annually in May ever since attracting around 300 runners.

Dumyat is pronounced dum-eye-at, being a contraction of Dun Myat, which was a fortress of the Pictish group the Maeatae. The remains of the Dun Myat fort are near the summit.

The current record stands at: 32 minutes and 23 seconds, set by Murray Strain in 2012, while the women’s record is held by well-known hill runner Angela Mudge, at 36 minutes and 46 seconds.