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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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2021 event

*** The event will definitely take place on 27th June. ***

No further entries can be taken,,, no waiting list, no transfers.

Please read ALL the stuff below... General Information, Course Notes, and Covid Measures.



Registration will open at 9am for both events. Best to find out your number in advance, by accessing the entry-lists below...

RACE Entries here

CHALLENGE Entries here

Events: The Challenge will start at 9.45. The Race will start at 10.15.

Spare Kit can be left in numbered black bags laid out in the arena.

Portaloos will be stationed on the south side of the National Monument.

Team event: Teams of 3 or 4 runners (best 3 places to count) can be entered on the day; entry forms will be available near the foot of the registration channels.

Travel : Please try to arrive by not car. Bicycles can be chained to the railings of the National Monument. Parking in Regent Road is still free at weekends, but Waterloo Place is now charged from 12.30pm. Do not drive up onto Calton Hill.

Headphones : You are urged not to wear headphones, due to the risk of not hearing approaching traffic.

First Aid : There are First Aid kits at each water-station, and a qualified First Aider on Calton Hill will treat any injuries.

DNFs : If you have to drop out, try to get word to an official.

Water-stations (5) : Corstorphine meadow; Craiglea Place, Braid Road, Blackford hill top; Dalkeith Road (by the big gates of the Pollock Halls).

Checkpoints (6) :at the hill tops... Castle, Corstorphine, Craiglockhart Hill east, Braid Hill, Blackford Hill, Arthur's Seat.

Refreshments : Drinks and raisins will be available at the water-stations. There will be free food and drink for all competitors at the finish (the usual delicacies).

Merchandise : Event T-shirts, Towels, and Beanie-hats will be on sale at keenest prices in the gazebo. Cash or cheque.

Finish : Ensure that your number is clearly visible as you approach the finish-line.

Prize-giving will be at about 1pm. Prizes for first 7 in the Race, and first 4 women. Vet prizes for F45, F55, M50, M60, M70.

Mementoes: A designer-designed coaster for every finisher.

Results : Competitors' places and times will be continuously posted on boards near the Registration tent as runners complete the course. The full official results should be on the event's website by early evening.



First leg, to the Castle : see in Covid section below

Braids golf course : When running across the course, the last section will be marked with tall white poles; please follow them, whilst looking to the right to ensure that players are not driving from the 18th tee (bearing in mind that golf balls are quite hard).

The allotments at West Mains Road will be open to allow that short-cut.



Distancing : Try to maintain 1m distance at all times on Calton Hill, especially for the post-match picnic.

Try not to run close to other runners for any period of time during your race.

Avoid group / hand-holding finishes.

Starts : Each event will be split into two waves (on a yet-to-be-revealed basis), but with less than a 30-second delay for the second group.

North Bridge : After descending the steps to Waterloo Place, all runners with ODD numbers are asked to cross the road and run up the west side of North Bridge; all runners with EVEN numbers are asked to stay on the north pavement and then cross Princes Street and go down Waverly Bridge, then right up Market St and straight across the Mound onto Mound Place and up to Castlehill. This is to avoid congestion on North Bridge. The distances are reckoned to be almost the same

The Castle esplanade: All runners must go left, down the steep steps onto Johnston Terr (Princes St Gardens West is closed because of rock-falls fears).

There will be no number-clipping here this year, to avoid a general scrum. (Your first clip -- use 2nd box down -- will be at Clermiston Tower, Corstorphine.)

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2010-2019 cumulative results, by surname download here



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