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Distance 5 Miles
Price £22.50 per entry
Location Edinburgh City Centre
Date 23 April 2017
Age 15 years old and over

Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run 5 Miles

BRAND NEW to the Great Run series in 2017 the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run will feature a fantastic 5-mile distance in addition to the traditional 10-mile event on Sunday 23 April.

The Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run 5 mile is perfect for new runners who want a shorter running route but don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to experience the beautiful course in historic Edinburgh city centre.

The Course

The 5 mile route gives participants the perfect sight-seeing tour of Edinburgh; passing some of the Scottish capital's most famous landmarks and providing picturesque views across the city.

Runners will start in Holyrood Park, beneath Arthur's Seat and beside The Palace of Holyrood – the official residence of her Majesty the Queen in Scotland – before heading into Edinburgh’s Old Town. The route passes Greyfriar's Bobby and The National Museum of Scotland; as well as giving participants the chance to run on some of the City’s most iconic roads including The Royal Mile and The Mound.

The second half of the course takes in the Grassmarket and Cowgate before runners return into Holyrood Park via The Pleasance and enjoy a final downhill mile to the finish line, a great sense of achievement and that well-deserved medal.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.


Please see below for the 2017 event day timetable:

Time Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run
08:30 Baggage, toilets, catering concessions & information point open to general public
09:00 5 miles start assembly area opens
09:20 Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run 5 miles warm-up starts
09:30 START of Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run 5 miles
09:35 10 mile start assembly area opens
10:05 Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run 10 miles warm-up starts
10:10 START of Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run 10 miles (Club runners & Orange Wave)
10:16 Start of Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run 10 miles white wave
10:22 Start of Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run 10 miles pink wave

*NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event

Event Location

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.

Event Location