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Pure Gym Great Edinburgh Winter Run


If you are looking for things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, why not join thousands of people, aged 14 years old and above, at the Pure Gym Great Edinburgh Winter Run on Saturday 9 January.  The 5k event is the first running event of the year and takes runners up and around Arthur’s Seat with fantastic views over Edinburgh Castle, the River Forth and Holyrood Palace. If you took part in the Great Edinburgh Run in 2015 you will receive a £5 discount upon entering the 2016 Pure Gym Great Edinburgh Winter Run. Come along and enjoy watching the elites tackle a number of distances as they compete in the 2016 Great Edinburgh XCountry, where we will be joined by none other than Mo Farah! Read more

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.

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:

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 Pure Gym 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:



Saturday 9 January 2016

Please see below for the event day timetable:

Time Event
10:10 Pure Gym Great Edinburgh Winter Run - START
12.10 Pure Gym Junior Great Edinburgh Winter Run - START

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

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Posted by Great Edinburgh Winter Run on Friday, 27 November 2015