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Great Edinburgh Run

Launched in 2005, the event now sees over 5000 people take part in the 10 mile run around Scotland’s capital city.

The route takes runners right through the heart of Edinburgh featuring amazing views and world-famous landmarks including Greyfriars Bobby, the Royal Mile, the Scott Monument and Edinburgh Castle.

The 10 mile event is a perfect middle marker for both regular runners who like taking on the longer runs, and those looking to increase their distance running.

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The Course

The 10 mile route gives runners the perfect site-seeing tour of Edinburgh and skirts past some of the must-see attractions in Scotland.

Starting and finishing in Holyrood Park runners will see a number of the city's famous landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Bobby, Scott Monument and the beautiful Arthur's Seat.

Course Map

Event location

About Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital city is one of the UK’s most popular tourist hot spots. With every corner of Edinburgh steeped in history and culture it is a must-see destination. Whether you are a keen shopper, arts enthusiast, or sports fan Edinburgh offers a wealth of activities for the family.

Take your pick of things to do in Edinburgh such as visiting the famous Greyfriars Bobby, the National Museum of Scotland, Princes Street Gardens, the Royal Mile or, of course, the dramatic sights of Edinburgh Castle. Perhaps you’d prefer to watch a game of rugby at Murrayfield Stadium or take a walk up Arthur’s Seat for panoramic views across the city, the River Forth and the Pentland Hills.

For more ideas on things to do in Edinburgh you can go to: www.visitscotland.com

About Edinburgh

By car

Please note that there is no parking available at the start/finish area in Holyrood Park so give yourself plenty of walking time. Details of car parks in Edinburgh are available by visiting the City of Edinburgh Council website and following the links for transport and then parking.

By bus

Edinburgh is served by an excellent public transport system; visit lothianbuses.co.uk or firstgroup.com/ukbus for information of bus routes, timetables and fares around the city.

By train

Virgin Trains is the Official Train Partner of the Great Edinburgh Run, visit them online for exclusive offers.

Edinburgh Waverly train station is only a ten minute walk from the start/finish area in Holyrood Park. Unscheduled works may change scheduled train times so please check websites a few days prior to the event. By bicycle For those travelling to the event by bicycle there will be an area designated for bike parking within the main site. There will be security staff patrolling the site but the organisers will not be responsible for your bike during the event.

Travel

Accommodation

Edinburgh is a fantastic city with fantastic shops, galleries, museums, restaurants, cafes and bars so why not make a weekend of it and avoid the rush on Sunday morning by checking into one of the many city centre hotels. For more information about accommodation in Edinburgh go to visitscotland.com.

Accommodation

Top Tips

Plan your travel well in advance of the event and aim to arrive at the start/finish in Holyrood Park before around one hour before you are due to run. This will ensure you have plenty of time to familiarise yourself with the facilities, relax and properly prepare for the run.

Top Tips

Elites

Any athlete wishing to compete via an elite entry for the Great Edinburgh 10 Miles must meet the following criteria:

DistanceMenWomen
10km32.0037.00
10 mile53.0062.00
Half M69.3082.00
Marathon2.28.002.48.00

Other standards considered:

  • Top 20 placing at National Senior XC Championships
  • Any athletes (Junior/ U23 / Senior) that have represented Great Britain at XC/ road or track (at 1500 and above) over the last 3 years will also be offered free elite entry.
Entry Criteria

We offer overall prize money only. Prize money will only be awarded to elite athletes not athletes who run fast times from the mass start.

OVERALL
 MenWomen
1£300.00£300.00
2£200.00£200.00
3£100.00£100.00

Both Elite fields are restricted to numbers so apply early to avoid disappointment. Email andrew.nixon@nova-international.com with details of qualifying performances, name, DOB and club.

The Elite Management reserve the right to refuse any entry whether an athlete meets criteria or not. This is a guide and does not guarantee elite entry into any Great Run Event.

Prize Structure