Seven Hills of Edinburgh 2013

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.

View from Blackford Hill (

View from Blackford Hill (


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.


3 men and a dog.

3 men and a dog.

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 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

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  1. On a personal level, many thanks to John Hurse for giving me a lift to and from Edinburgh. And for broadening my knowledge of music. Who knew that music exists beyond the 70’s & 80’s.

    Thanks also to the other John (Tollitt), for being a terrific guide around the course and highlighting the numerous short-cuts. Although when I do this race again next year (god willing) I think I’ll skip the one where I ended up sliding on my backside down a 10ft embankment and emerging from the undergrowth cut to ribbons. But hey, that’s racing.

  2. Hi Tyne Bridge Harriers, my first round of photos from yesterday’s Seven Hills race are up on, the rest will follow Monday evening. If you’d like a photo to illustrate your report please send me an email. Thanks, Nicholas

    • Badger on 17th June 2013 at 14:03
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    Glad you enjoyed it DD and I’m sure your scratches and bruises will soon recover. You would have finished a lot quicker if you hadn’t have kept stopping to wait for me and JH, although I noticed you sped off before I could show you a shortcut up Arthur’s Seat. Perhaps you’re not a big fan of rock climbing.

    • Stu Dickson on 18th June 2013 at 10:20
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    Well done all who entered this sounds a very tough race indeed, some fantastic times especially with that amount of hills.

    • Colin Dilks on 18th June 2013 at 13:28
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    This sounds a great race. One to book in for 2014. Well done to all those who participated.

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