The Seven Hills of Edinburgh

16 Jun 2019

This Festival is in a testing state, and is not open for public sign-ups until the organiser has launched it.

Organiser's Description

[June 3rd]  No more entries can be taken, in advance or on-the-day. No waiting-lists.  No transfers, please, if an entrant is unable to run. And if you don't have an entry, please do not run round the course with the legit runners. Thanks.


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... 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 female runners, and the first 3 teams.  Vet-prizes: M50 (3), M60, M70;  F45 (2), F55, F65.   Also, 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 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 water-station. Full medical support will be available at the finish. Anyone withdrawing during the event should try to get word to a race official.


CAR-PARKING: Come by bus/train/bike if poss. Else, park on/near Regent Road (below hill); do not drive up onto Calton Hill.


KIT & VALUABLES: Kit can safely be left in the numbered black bags beside the white van.


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


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.


11 Apr 2019£8.75£10.75

*Discounted for members of any of SA EA WA

For each sign-up, the organiser pays the Service Fee of 4% (min 50p). You pay no surcharge

Dates and Status

Date: 16 Jun 2019

Status: Closed

EventAvailable/TotalClosing Date
The Seven Hills of Edinburgh : The Challenge??/36011 Apr 2019
The Seven Hills of Edinburgh : The Race??/29001 Apr 2019


Alan Lawson

07708 011 649

Calton Hill, Edinburgh