Edinburgh winter run

Join us for a 5km run around Edinburgh’s most iconic hill, Arthur’s Seat

5km Road Run | The Family Mile | Toddler Dash

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21st January 2023

21st January 2023 @ Holyrood Park

Edinburgh Winter Run is back!

Durty Events have joined forces with the City of Edinburgh Council to once again host the iconic Edinburgh Winter Run, a packed programme of running events for all the family at Holyrood Park.

We invite Edinburgh residents and visitors alike to dust off their trainers after the festive period and challenge themselves to the enjoyable Edinburgh Winter Run 5K race. We’ll have music all around the course to keep you going as you run to the beat of the drum.

The programme of events also includes the Toddler Dash, a 100 metre dash for the finish line for those aged up to 5 years old, accompanied by an adult, and the Family Mile, a flat one mile loop starting and finishing at on Queen’s Drive.

  

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 band at Holyrood park. We will also have a DJs and banging tunes around the course to keep you going. There will be also food and drink stalls to keep you refreshed and your energy up. 

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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.

Competitors will receive a memento and water at the finish line.

Open to ages 11 and above. Your age will be based on how old you are by race day – this is for awards categorising by age grade.

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Prices

  • Age 17+ :   Early Bird £17.50 (Until 31/12/2022) Then £23. Entry on the day £25.00 
  • Age 11-16: Early Bird £12.50 (Until 31/12/2022) Then £18. Entry on the day £20.00
  • For entries up to 6th January, race packs will be posted to the address provided in the check out process for buying tickets 
  • For entries after 6th January, race packs will need to be collected from a pick-up point – location / address TBC.  
  • Online entries close Tuesday 17th January. Thereafter enter on the day. 

Start Times

  • Wave 1 – 11.00am (Fast Wave)
  • Wave 2 – 11.20am 
  • Wave 3 – 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.

Juniors 3-8 years must be accompanied by an adult (maximum 2 adults per junior, adult entry costs included in ticket price). Juniors 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

  • One child entry includes up to two accompanying adults
  • Early Bird: £10.00 (until 31.12.2022)
  • Standard: £15.00  (from Jan. 1st)
  • Entry on Day: £20.00
  • *No more than three children per adult 
  • For entries up to 6th January, race packs will be posted to the address provided in the check out process for buying tickets 
  • For entries after 6th January, race packs will need to be collected from a pick-up point – location / address TBC  
  • Online entries close Tuesday 17th January. Thereafter enter on the day.  

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

  • £5 for 2 places (one adult & one child). 
  • For entries up to 6th January, race packs will be posted to the address provided in the check out process for buying tickets 
  • For entries after 6th January, race packs will need to be collected from a pick-up point – location / address TBC.  
  • Online entries close Tuesday 17th January. Thereafter enter on the day. 

Start Time

  • 12.45pm 

What’s included in the entry fee?

  • Professionally organised race
  • Full race medical first aid cover
  • Chip Timing
  • Event Finishers Momento (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, 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. Remember are providing music around the course anyway.  

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 11 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?

If you ticked the box on sign up to allow your name to be published on our website then head over to the entries page and view the list to check for your name. 

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Early bird prices before 31st December 2022.

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