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Distance 5K
Price £21
Location Holyrood Park, Edinburgh
Date 13 January 2018
Age 14 years old and over

Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Winter Run

Start the New Year in style with a scenic 5k at the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Winter Run.

Join thousands of runners in sweeping away those January blues in Holyrood Park on Saturday 13 January and enjoy the stunning Edinburgh scenery.

Participants will travel up the iconic Arthur’s Seat, passing Dunsapie Loch before heading on a fast downhill section and crossing the finish line next to the Palace of Holyrood House.

The event is a fantastic day of sport for all ages, with the Simplyhealth Junior Great Edinburgh Winter Run taking place afterwards, offering a 2.5k course to children between 7-13 years old. 

You’ll then be able to enjoy the vibrant event village, packed with food stalls, before watching some of the world’s best athletes take on the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Cross Country.




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.

Listening to our customer's feedback from the 2017 event, additional waves and a staggered start will be implemented in 2018 to ensure you have a fantastic running experience. 

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


Course Map


Saturday 13 January 2018

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.
09:20 Assembly area opens for WHITE and GREEN waves
09:34 Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Winter Run warm-up 1
09:40 Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Winter Run - WHITE WAVE START
09:46 Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Winter Run - GREEN WAVE START
09:50 Assembly area opens for PINK and RED waves
10:00 Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Winter Run warm-up 2
10:06 Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Winter Run - PINK WAVE START
10:12 Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Winter Run - RED WAVE START
11:38 Simplyhealth Junior Great Edinburgh Winter Run warm-up
11:45 Simplyhealth Junior Great Edinburgh Winter Run - START

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

Useful Information

Click on the links below to download useful event information:

STV Children's Appeal

The STV Children's Appeal is dedicated to helping children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland. Every pound raised stays in Scotland and goes directly to helping some of the country’s most vulnerable children.

With the help of fundraisers they can make a real difference in the lives of Scotland's children by providing practical help like food and warm clothes; creating opportunities for training and employability; and enabling social and emotional support for those who need it most.

This year we are determined to make an even bigger impact, and with your help we could be one step closer.

Find out more

STV Children's Appeal

About Edinburgh

Explore Edinburgh

Discover the incredible range of attractions and activities in Edinburgh and the surrounding area.

Wander through a UNESCO World Heritage site and admire the historic Old and New Towns, visit the iconic Edinburgh Castle, or climb an extinct volcano, Arthur’s Seat, for some of the best views of the city – and that’s just for starters! With award-winning bus tours, world class museums and galleries, fine restaurants, a wide variety of accommodation and a year-round calendar of events and festivals, Edinburgh has everything for an unforgettable break.

For more on things to see and do, places to stay and travel information, visit

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 Simplyhealth 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: