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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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2022 event, Sunday 19th June.

Entries for The Race are still open, via EntryCentral.

The Challenge is now full; no more entries can be taken; no waiting list.

Click on the logo below to go to the Entry process.

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Location :  The event HQ – and the Start and Finish – are on Calton Hill,,, on the east side of the National Monument.

Travel:  Do try to arrive by not car. On foot or bicycle are good.  (But there is free parking on Regent Road.)

Registration: On the day, consult the alphabetical Entrants Lists (Race; Challenge) on the advance board to discover your allocated number, then come up the correct channel to collect. Registration will be open by 9am (for both events).

Start-times:    9:45  The Challenge.       10:15  The Race.

Ear-phones:  Please do not wear ear-phones, as they may prevent you hearing traffic.

Route / Check-points:  There is no marked route. The first Checkpoint is at the Castle esplanade; the other 5 are at the tops of the hills.  At each Checkpoint you must punch your race-number with the red clippers. (Spot-checks may be made at the finish.)
    At the approach to the Castle you must turn left down the steps onto Johnston Terrace; currently there is no access to Princes Street Gardens West.
    The West Mains Road allotments will be available for that short-cut.

Refreshment-stations (5): at or near each hill-top, with sponges, water & juice, and sultanas.
   The first is at Corstorphine meadow (about 4 miles).  The last is in Dalkeith Road, outside the big gates of the Pollock Halls.

Kit:  may be left in the numbered black bags in the centre of the arena;  if it is very windy, there will be plastic pegs to pin your bag to the ground.

Toilets:  Portaloos will be available on site.  Please use them;  do not piddle in the grass.

First Aid / Medical:  First Aid kits are available at each Refreshment-station out on the course.  There is a qualified First Aider with full medical supplies at the finish.
 
Team event:  this is for competitors in The Race;  3 or 4 runners per team, best 3 places to count. Fill in a Team Entry form at the forward table, and  put it in the tray provided  (no additional entry fee). Modest prizes for first two teams and for best all-female team.

Food:  Free food and drink for all competitors at the finish.

Results:  will be posted on boards near the Registration tent every few minutes as runners complete the course.   

Prize-giving:  1pm.

The Double:   At the end of the prize-giving, whisky doubles will be given to all those who have completed the Edinburgh ‘double’ for the year… the Seven Hills and the full Edinburgh Marathon.

SportsAid Scotland:  Part of any financial surplus is donated to the SportsAid Scotland charity, which assists up-and-coming young runners with their training and travelling expenses.

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2010-2019 cumulative results, by surname download here

 

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