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Event organiser : Alan Lawson
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What is the Seven Hills of Edinburgh ?

Every year since 1980, on a Sunday in June, a few hundred hardy individuals take part in one of the most unusual running events in the country,
The Seven Hills of Edinburgh
— a combination of road-running, cross-country, hill-running, and urban orienteering... 14.3 miles in length and with 2200 feet of ascent/descent.

It attracts runners of all ages and all abilities — from the leading distance-runners who get round in 100 minutes, to the more modest performers who may take up to 4 hours. But they all enjoy the satisfaction of completing one of the most scenic and challenging of sporting courses.
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An event of great character, and with a tremendous friendly atmosphere on the day, it's THE event that everyone — Edinburgh-based or otherwise — should do at least once!

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Which Event to Enter?
The seriously-fit should enter "The Race". Those of more modest ability (above 1 hour 40 for a half-marathon, say) can enter "The Challenge" (starting half an hour in advance).

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2018 Event : Info

 Sunday 17th June.  Challenge 9:45am;  Race 10:15am.

The Challenge and The Race are now both full.
Sorry, can't take any more entries. No waiting list. No transfers.

Entry-lists can be viewed via EntryCentral, and all the practical information that you need can be found on our EntryCentral info page.(click on logo)

2017 Event : Report

RACE: The winner, as in 2015, was Dessie Flanagan (Carnethy) in 1:41:49. with Johnny Lawson (Portobello) 2nd, and Liam Braby (Carnethy) 3rd.

The women's trophy was won by Megan Wright (HBT) in 2:05:44, with Rhona Anderson (Dunbar) 2nd, and Karen Ellison (Stock Exchange AC) 3rd.

The M50 trophy was taken by Ian Duff in 2:04:07.
Martin Caldwell (Corstorphine) took the M60 prize in 2:17:03,, and the M70 prize was won by Alan Gordon (HBT) in 2:50:31.

The F45 trophy was won by Rhona Anderson.

Team event:  'Carnethy A' were the winning team (Flannagan, Reid, Hammond), with 'HBT Wreckage' 2nd (Gierjatowicz, Ward, Chepelin), and Portobello 3rd (Lawson, Geoghegan, Buchanan).  Best all-female team were 'HBTF ' (Wright, Magill, Hope-Jones).

There was a record number of finishers, 459.

Full results can be seen on the Results page.

Doublers : The 2017 list of the super-heroes who did the Edinburgh Marathon and Seven Hills 'Double' can be viewed here.

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From the Allotments, by John McCurdy and
n Arthur's Seat, by Allan Wilson.

VIDEO:  A 14-minute video of The Challenge event, by Jim Sheach: here

Race winner Dessie Flannagan, with Alex Jackson presenting the trophy.


Female race winner Megan Wright.


Rhona Anderson with the F45 trophy.


Ian Duff with the M50 trophy.


Johnny Lawson, Portobello, 2nd in The Race.


Liam Braby, Carnethy, 3rd in The Race.


Team-prize winners, Carnethy:
Michael Reid, john Hammond, Dessie Flannagan.


3rd team, Portobello:
Johnny Lawson, Peter Buchanan, Michael Geoghegan.


Henk Vermass and Raoul Nielen from Holland
at the Allotments.


Tsz shan Chan from Holland at the top of Arthur's Seat.


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