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IMage of runners in the grounds of Holyrood Palace

Runners cross the grounds of Holyrood Palace.

 Entries


As from 2017 all entries need to be made online via Entry Central; paper entries by post are toast. Entries normally open in early April. There are no on-the-day entries.

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Information

THE COURSE:  Starting from Calton Hill,  entrants are to make their way round the 7 hills of Scotland's capital city on foot, a distance of about 14.3 miles, with about 2200 feet of ascent/descent.  Competitors have to find their own route, as the course is not marked, but they must pass through the 6 checkpoints in the following order:-  The Castle (esplanade);  Corstorphine Hill;  Craiglockhart Hill (East);  Braid Hill;  Blackford Hill;  and  Arthur's Seat… with Calton Hill being the Start and Finish point.  Competitors must punch their race-number at each checkpoint.

The RACE:  10.15 am start.  The race is for those of reasonable sporting fitness who want to complete the course at a good pace. (Those who can do a half-marathon in 1 hour 40 or less should probably enter The Race rather than The Challenge.)
    The Race is held under UK Athletics rules, and is a  scottishathletics  Permit Event.

Team Event:  The Race includes a Team Event, with 3 or 4 named runners per team… the best 3 places to count.
Entry forms will be available near the Registration desk  (no extra fee).

The CHALLENGE:  9.45 am start.  The Challenge is for those who simply wish to complete the course in their own time  ¾  running, jogging, perhaps walking some bits.  The later checkpoints will be staffed on the basis that competitors will be able to complete the course in no more than 4 hours.

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PRIZES / AWARDS:  There will be Mementos for all finishers in the two events.  Prizes will be awarded to the first 7 in the Race and to the first 4 females, and the first 3 teams.  Vet-prizes: M50 (3); M60; M70; M80;   F45; F55; F65.   Many Spot-prizes.

ROUTE:  A large map with suggested route will be on display at the start.  A text version of a viable route is available on the event's web-site:  this should be used in conjunction with an Edinburgh street-map.
     Specific announcements regarding current aspects of the course will be made just prior to the start of each event.

FIRST AID / INJURIES :  The event is a strenuous one, and the organisers cannot accept responsibility for any accidents or injuries.  First-aid kits will be available at each checkpoint.  Full medical support will be available at the finish.
     
CAR-PARKING:  Come by bus/train if poss.  Else, park on/near Regent Road (below hill);  do not drive up onto Calton Hill.

KIT:  Spare kit can be left in your numbered black bag in the centre of the arena. 

TOILETS  will be positioned on the south side of the National Monument.

REFRESHMENTS:  Drinks and sustenance will be available at (or near) each checkpoint.  There will be free food and drink for all competitors at the finish.  

RESULTS:  Competitors' places and times will be continuously posted at the side of the Registration tent as runners complete the course.  The full official results will be put onto the event's web-site asap.

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