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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.
[Course Information]

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

[ Apr 1st]
Sunday 27th June has been chosen for the 2021 event, but it is not currently clear whether staging an event of our size will be allowed on that date, although travel restrictions are due to be lifted on April 26th and contact sports (and pubs) can recommence on May 17th.
A postponement until autumn is possible.
Next update:
May 1st.

2020 : virtual event

  View final results board  HERE

Musselburgh club runners observing social distancing on Blackford.


2019 Race winner Sam McCutcheon of Corstorphine comfortably retained his title in the 2020 Virtual race with a time of 1.43.39.  In 2nd place (and 1st M50) was Andrew Macrae of Carnethy with 1.51.09. Jonny Muir of Carnethy had 2 attempts, finishing in 3rd place with an improved 1.53.49.

Winner of the women’s Race was Clare McDonnell of Carnethy with 2.40.08. Catherine Cowie (Porty) was 2nd with 2.42.47. The F45 category was won by Sara Wood(3rd woman) in 2.45.49. Marion Rodger won the F55 category with 3.19.35

Gordon Cameron (Carnethy) completed his 22nd Seven Hills, winning the M60 category with 2.27.42. Best of the M70s was Alan Lawson with 2.56.35.

Nine runners had a second attempt, 8 improving their times. Eleven runners declared that they had run the course clockwise. Martin Caldwell (Corstorphine) ran it in both directions. Multiple amputee Jamie Andrew ran it on his prosthetic blades in July, in 3hrs 21.

There was a total of 147 participants, of whom 33 were female. About 20% of the field mentioned that they were doing the 7 Hills for the first time.

Coaster:  All competitors are entitled to copy the design below to make your own coaster (from cardboard or something).

For a high-res version, click HERE

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2019 event

Results of Race / Challenge / Teams here

Superheroes of The Double (Edinburgh Marathon and Seven Hills) here

Photos, and links to videos : on 'Photos' page.

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2010-2019 cumulative results, by surname download here



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