As from 2017 all entries need to be made online via Entry Central; paper entries by post are toast. There are no on-the-day entries. Details appear on the website Home Page by January. Entries normally open in early May. (The event will not appear on EntryCentral's list until entries open.)
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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.
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; F45 (2); 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 ('Course'): this should be used in conjunction with an Edinburgh street-map.
Specific announcements regarding current aspects of the course may 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/bicycle 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 near by.
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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