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Distance 5K
Price £21 per entry
Location Holyrood Park, Edinburgh
Date 07 January 2017
Age 14 years old and over

Great Edinburgh Winter Run

The Great Edinburgh Winter Run is the perfect event to kickstart your New Year's resolution and blow away those winter cobwebs. 

Returning to the iconic Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park on Saturday 7 January, it is a great way to kickstart your 2017 and keep you motivated throughout the Winter months. So why not bring the family along and enjoy a day out in the city with the addition of the Junior Great Edinburgh Winter Run and Great Edinburgh Cross Country in the afternoon, we'd love for you to be part of it. 

Also back by popular demand The Great Run Season Ticket

Choose from two packages and receive over 25% discount for the Great Edinburgh Winter Run 5k, Great Edinburgh Run 10miles, Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run Half Marathon plus the option to take on the NEW Stirling Scottish Marathon.

Whether you're looking to increase your distance running, searching for that PB or are looking for a new challenge then the Season Ticket options are perfect for you... as well as making an ideal present for running-lovers this Christmas!


The Course

The course starts in Holyrood Park and travels up Queen's Drive around Arthur's Seat, passes by Dunsapie Loch and then returns back towards Holyrood Park.

As our runners' safety is paramount to us, we may use the contingency course in the case of bad weather.

Please note: this map is based on the 2016 event.

Course Map


Saturday 7 January 2017

Please see below for the event day timetable:

Time Event
08:30 Information point opens/baggage point opens/event site opens. The information point is based just off Queen's Drive, near the start and finish area in Holyrood Park.
09:30 Assembly area opens
09:50 Great Edinburgh Winter Run warm-up
10:00 Great Edinburgh Winter Run - START
11:38 Junior Great Edinburgh Winter Run warm-up
11:45 Junior Great Edinburgh Winter Run - START

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

Watch the video!

The Great Edinburgh Winter Run is the perfect way to kickstart your 2017 and blow away those winter cobwebs. The scenic 5k starts and finishes in Holyrood Park. Sign up today!

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:

About Edinburgh

By train:

Travelling to the event on the West Coast Mainline? Then take advantage of the exclusive Virgin Trains discount: For you, your friends and family... whether you’re travelling to an event on your own or up to groups of nine, you can all get up to 50% off Virgin Trains Advance Fares.

This exclusive discount on Virgin Trains is the cheapest, easiest and most comfortable way of getting you and your supporters to the start line. Click here to book now -

By car:

The Great Edinburgh Winter Run starts and finishes on Queen’s Drive, located at the north side of Arthur’s Seat beside Holyrood Palace. There is plenty of well signposted public car parking in Edinburgh City Centre which is within easy walking distance of Holyrood Park.

Please note that there will be no parking within the park on event day. Road closures on Queen’s Drive will also be operational from 06:00 on the day of the event.

By bus:

Edinburgh is well served by buses and many routes pass close to the event site at Holyrood Park. For more information about public transport in the city, please visit

By bike:

There are a number of bike racks in Holyrood Park and the local area – including in front of the Scottish Parliament building.


The historic city of Edinburgh is known as the Athens of the north. With grand buildings and grander streets surrounded by natural beauty, Scotland’s capital city is a cultural experience you are sure to take home with you. For information on accommodation, eating out and other attractions visit:



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