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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

Entries are now open for the 2018 Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Winter Run!

The Great Run Company's first event of 2018 will be returning to the city of Edinburgh on Saturday 13 January and is the perfect way to kickstart your New Year and clear away those January blues.

Also taking place on the same day will be the Simplyhealth Junior Great Edinburgh Winter Run and Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh XCountry, making it a great day out for the whole family.



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 2017 event.

Course Map

Event location

By train:

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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.


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.

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About Edinburgh

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