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Dutch friends

In recent years, an increasing number of Dutch runners have taken part in the event:  the reasons for this are not entirely clear, but the absence of significant hills in Holland may be part of the explanation.

In 2010 the connection became stronger, when two organised groups came over to the event. One was from the Zevenheuvelenloop club — a business group of runners associated with the long-standing 15km Zevenheuvelenloop (7 hills race) in Nijmegen, which takes place in November each year. The other group were from the Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam. About 15 Dutch runners took part — some in the Race and some in the Challenge.

On the evening before the event, an informal reception was held in Edinburgh, at the home of some of the event's helpers, and a special sculpture from the Zevenheuvelenloop club was presented to Edinburgh's Seven Hills Race.

The evening-before social gathering has continued each year ever since, Other overseas runners also get invited.

 

 

Metal sculpture from the Nijmegen Seven Hills race.

Henk Albers of the Seven Hills Club of Nijmegen presenting one of their special race sculptures to Alan Lawson, Edinburgh Seven Hills organiser.  Martin Buitinck on left, Kees de Ruwe and Charles Passmore (party host) on right.

 

3 Dutch runners on Calton Hill after completing The Challenge

 

Runners and partners from the Seven Hills Race Club of Nijmegen,
in traditional Edinburgh pub.

Erasmus Universiteit group on Calton Hill at the 2009 event.

 

 

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