Well done to the five Tyne Bridge members who completed the Seven Hills of Edinburgh on Sunday, 16th June.
The race, which is a combination of road-running, cross-country and hill-running (lots of hill-running – DD ) starts and finishes on Calton Hill, with competitors having to find their own route around the city to six checkpoints – all of which happen to be at the top of the six biggest hills in Edinburgh. Race distance can vary – depending on how many short-cuts can be found – but runners generally run for 15 miles.
I was first finisher for the club, in a time of 2:06, closely followed by John Tollitt, in 2:09. John Hurse (2:21) was third for the club and helped Tyne Bridge finish 12th in the team competition.
But more rewarding for the club were the performances by Women’s Club Captain, Denise Waugh, and Jude Smith, both of whom ran superbly and should be extremely happy for completing this challenging event.
Many thanks to the race organisers and marshals for putting on a terrific event and thanks to the contingent of Heaton Harriers for brightening up an already sunny day.
A full race report by Denise Waugh can be found here.
Race results can be found here, challenge results here and photographs of the race here and here (courtesy of www.edinburghsports.co.uk). Photographs of Denise and Jude descending Arthur’s Seat can be seen here and here.
More details of this fascinating event can be found here