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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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2016 Event  :  Sunday 26th June

Challenge 9:45am;     Race 10:15am

Event is now full.

Sorry, no waiting list, no transfers,
no on-the-day entries.


All the practical information that entrants need can be found either on the entry-form or on our EntryCentral page.

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2015 Event : Report

Dessie Flanagan (Musselburgh) won the 7 Hills Race in 1:38:31, with Michael Reid (Carnethy) again 2nd (1:38:47), and Stewart Whitlie (Carnethy) 3rd in 1:46:32.

Megan Crawford of Fife AC won the women's trophy with 1:52:36, with Rhona Anderson (Dunbar) 2nd in 2:06:33, and Elizabeth Richardson of Edin Tri Club 3rd in 2:09:23.

Stewart Whitlie took the M50 trophy, with Peter Buchanan (Porty) 2nd and Roland McCraw (Porty) 3rd. Martin Caldwell (Corstorphine) won the M60 prize.

Rhona Anderson took the F45 trophy, with Karen Dobbie (Edin AC) 2nd. Judith Dobson (Kinross) won the F55 prize.

A Carnethy team took the team prize, with Portobello 2nd and Dunbar 3rd (pics below).


Full  results  via 'Results' page.

List of 'Doublers' (2015 Edinburgh Marathon and Seven Hills) available here

Photos  of all prizewinners (by Mary Hunter) here

Photos  of runners on Arthur's Seat here (courtesy of Willie Jarvie).

Photos  from the allotments (courtesy of John McCurdy) here

     Blog  by Peter Buchanan (re-live every step of the race!) here

    Blog  by Nick Williamson (re-live every step of the race!) here

Thanks to Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team for providing medical cover.

Photos from previous years can be viewed via the Photos page.


Race winner Dessie Flanagan with the trophy.

Carnethy team prize winners: Stewart Whitlie (who was also M50 trophy winner), Michael Reid, and Olly Stephenson.


2/3rds of Portobello's 2nd-placed team, Messrs Limmer and Buchanan.


Dunbar were 3rd team: Jamie Thomas. Rhona Anderson, and Nick Williamson.


Marijn Rodenburg with his best Dutch runner prize.


Big group of happy Carnethys on Calton Hill.


Checkpoint on Arthur's Seat



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