Edinburgh winter run

Join us for a 5km run around Edinburgh’s most iconic hill, Arthur’s Seat on the 15th January 2022. 

Come to run, or come just for fun in your best fancy dress!

Families can also enter into the Family Mile or Toddler Dash.

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15th January 2022

15th January 2022 @ Holyrood Park

This year Edinburgh Winter Run is back. And we’re back with a bang!

Following the last few years which have been disruptive at best for everyone, we’re throwing off the shackles and going all in. This year we’re going to be all about bringing the biggest fun possible and dialling up the enjoyment factor. We’re aiming to deliver not just an iconic run but a good-times carnival and festival spirit. New Year may well be truly over but the party continues.

You can enter into the 5k to race, or just simply come to be part of the fancy dress fun run. We have different starting waves to accommodate however you wish to participate.

We also have two family alternative runs: the Family mile, and the Toddler Dash.  

We’re Aiming to Be the UK’s largest fancy dress fun run!

Fancy Dress Extrvaganza!

We’re inviting all runners to come resplendent in fancy dress as we attempt to have the biggest fancy dress fun run in the UK. Whatever takes your fancy – whether you dress in a collective theme with your friends and family, or you just want to don your ultimate outfit. It’s time to run with fun.

Get involved and come and have an amazing time with thousands of other runners in fancy dress. That’s not all, we want to make history and become the largest fancy dress fun run in the UK. And we want you to be part it. 

Everyone’s invited!

This is a day we hope that showcases inclusivity for anyone and everyone – no matter what age, race, culture, or even what country you’re from. Everyone is invited and welcome to come and be a big part of the biggest party. We are open to all and proud of it.

We’ll be getting the party started with a Samba band at Holyrood park. We will also have a Steel Band as well as DJs to keep you going. There will be festival food and drink, plus lots of stalls to keep everyone smiling and moving. Don’t have any fancy dress? We’ll have stalls selling that too.

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5KM run 

Take in magnificent views of Edinburgh and enjoy this undulating single lap course. This classic 5km loop takes you around the iconic Arthurs Seat once, in a clockwise direction.

Come resplendent in fancy dress and help Edinburgh Winter Run become the largest fancy dress fun run in the UK.

If that’s not your thing, don’t worry. It’s no problem to come dressed in your normal running gear. Edinburgh Winter Run is also for those who want to compete within a typical running event. 

Competitors will receive a finishers beanie hat and water at the finish line.

Open to ages 13 and above. Your age will be based on how old you are by the end of 2022 – this is for awards categorising by age grade.

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Prices

  • Age 17+ :    £25 
  • Age 13-16:   £20
  • For entries up to 31st December, race packs will be posted to the address provided in the check out process for buying tickets 
  • For entries after 31st December, race packs will need to be collected from a pick-up point – address TBC.  

Start Times

  • Wave 1 – Fancy Dress Fun 1  – 11.00am 
  • Wave 2 – Fancy Dress Fun 2 – 11.20am 
  • Wave 3 – Runners & Fast Wave – 11.40am 

THE FAMILY MILE 

A flat 1-mile (0.5-mile out & 0.5-mile back) starting and finishing on Queens Drive.

Bring your kids as a great way to get some exercise as a family together – and as an introduction to running for children.

Come resplendent in fancy dress and help Edinburgh Winter Run become the largest fancy dress fun run in the UK. If that’s not your thing, don’t worry. It’s no problem to come dressed in your normal gear. 

Juniors 3-8 years must be accompanied by an adult (maximum 2 adults per junior, adult entry costs inc), 8 years + can run unaccompanied with permission from a parent/guardian.

Competitors will receive a finishers medal and water at the finish line.

Open to ages 3+ (typically ages 3-12 years) with an accompanying adult/adult consent.

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Prices

  • Early Bird (Until Nov. 30th): £10 for 2 places (one adult & one child). Additional £5 per head / entry* 
  • Standard (From Dec. 1st): £20 for 2 places (one adult & one child). Additional £10 per head / entry* 
  • *No more that three children per adult. 
  • For entries up to 31st December, race packs will be posted to the address provided in the check out process for buying tickets 
  • For entries after 31st December, race packs will need to be collected from a pick-up point – address TBC.  

Start Time

  • 13.15pm 

TODDLER DASH

A 100m dash for the line for toddlers’ up to the age of 5 years accompanied by an adult.

Participants will receive a finishers medal and water at the finish line only.

Open to toddlers from 18 months to age 5 years when accompanied by an adult.

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Prices

  • Early Bird (Until Nov. 30th): £5 for 2 places (one adult & one child). Additional £2.50 per head / entry
  • Standard (From Dec. 1st):   £5 for 2 places (one adult & one child). Additional £2.50 per head / entry
  • For entries up to 31st December, race packs will be posted to the address provided in the check out process for buying tickets 
  • For entries after 31st December, race packs will need to be collected from a pick-up point – address TBC. 

Start Time

  • 12.45pm 

Festival Village 

Edinburgh Winter Run is not just going to be fancy dress fun. We’ve got a whole load more going on to get you going. 

At Holyrood Park (start and finish line) and around the run course we’re going to have loads of brilliant entertainment, festival food, and merchandise stalls. 

There will be a stage and screen – with two Radio DJs hosting the event and keeping you all entertained. 

  • Stage
  • Screen 
  • Samba band
  • Steel Drum Band 
  • DJs 
  • Street Food Stalls 
  • Merchandise Stalls 

Fancy That! We’re Aiming to Be the UK’s largest fancy dress fun run

What’s included in the entry fee?

  • Professionally organised race
  • Full race medical first aid cover
  • Chip Timing
  • Event Finishers Beanie Hat (5k)
  • Event Finishers Medal (Family Mile & Toddler Dash)

Venue & Facilities

Holyrood Park, Queen’s Dr, Edinburgh EH8 8HG

Parking

Road closures on Queen’s Drive will also be operational on the day of the event and there is no parking within Holyrood Park on event day.

There are many well signposted public car parks in Edinburgh City Centre within easy walking distance of Holyrood Park.

Public Transport links

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 transportforedinburgh.com.

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

FAQs

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

It is winter so bring something warm to wear for before and after the event. For the race wear run clothing suitable for the weather on the day.  The courses are all on tarmac so on road trainers are the best choice of footwear

WILL THERE BE A BAG DROP?

A bag drop will be provided, you will be issued with a baggage label, this will need to be detached from your race number and attached to your bag.  Please do not leave single items (coats/jumpers) pop them in a bag and label them up

CAN I RUN WITH MY DOG? 

Sorry but no.  We are expecting a high volume of runners and we don’t want your dog being trodden on

CAN I RUN WITH MY CHILD IN A BUGGIE? 

Sorry but no.  We are expecting a high volume of runners and unfortunately we will not have the space to accommodate buggie runners.  You can leave your buggie in the buggie Park within Bag Drop, please fold it down to it’s minimum size for storage. 

CAN I WEAR HEADPHONES FOR THE EVENT? 

Yes, you can use headphones but please do not wear noise cancelling headphones.  We would recommend the use of bone conductor headphones to keep your ears free for hearing any instructions that marshals may have, if you are using earbuds please keep your music to a low level so instructions can be heard over and above your music.

HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE RUN TO RUN UNACCOMPANIED? 

If you are over 8 and running the family mile you can do so unaccompanied as long as you have your parent/guardians permission.  If you are over 13 and running the 5k you can do so unaccompanied as long as you have your parent/guardians permission

WILL I GET A MEDAL? 

There will be medals for the Toddler Dash and Family Mile, the 5k event finisher will be given a special race memento

WHAT IS THE EXACT ROUTE?

Full route information will be published on our website around 2 weeks prior to the event

CAN I DEFER?

Unfortunately we are unable to offer deferrals, for information on refund options please see Terms & Conditions – Durty Events.

CAN I HAVE A REFUND?

For information on refund options please see Terms & Conditions – Durty Events.

CAN I CHANGE DISTANCE?

If the event you have entered has more than 1 distance option available then it is possible to transfer to another distance, this must be done at least 2 weeks in advance of the event and may be subject to a small admin fee. Please see Terms & Conditions – Durty Events for more information

I’VE FORGOTTEN IF I SIGNED UP, CAN YOU CHECK?

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