This scenic 5K route takes you around Holyrood Park with views of Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy a weekend of fun, festivities & energy!
Once a year, thousands upon thousands of runners descend upon Edinburgh for a weekend of fun, festivities and sweat, all in the name of charity. With a wide range of races and distances on offer, there’s an event to suit runners of all ages and abilities, whatever your training programme.
Runners start on Queens Drive passing St. Margaret’s Loch after 0.5K before starting the ascent around the east side of Arthur’s Seat. You'll then pass Dunsapie Loch at around 2K.
On the far side of Arthur’s Seat approaching the halfway point, runners can enjoy spectacular views of Duddingston Loch, the southside of Edinburgh and beyond towards the Pentland Hills - all with the knowledge that the rest of the route is flat and downhill!
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival has a choice of runs making it open to a wide range of ages and abilities, including:
For one weekend in May, in a city famous for its culture and festivals, running and raising money is the talk of the town. Why not spend the weekend exploring everything Edinburgh has to offer, including this epic running festival!
"Lovely community feel of togetherness - great!" - Eileen Clark, Edinburgh
Charities depend on the goodwill and effort of their supporters to survive, so make your race day a true cause for celebration by choosing to run the Edinburgh 5K for one of the many worthy causes.
Secure your charity place and fundraise for your chosen cause - choose a charity below to get started.
No one should have to face cancer alone.
Macmillan Cancer Support wants to make sure no one has to face cancer alone. A cancer diagnosis can change everything, so we're here to help you with anything from money worries to advice about work, healthcare options to just needing someone to talk to. We're a constant source of support to people affected by cancer and their families and carers.
As treatments improve, more and more people are living with cancer in their daily lives. We fund specialist health care professionals and build cancer care centres to help provide cutting edge support.
We rely completely on our supporters to help us make sure that people facing the toughest fight of their lives don't have to do it alone.
Registered no: 261017.
We support people with dementia in Scotland to make sure nobody faces dementia alone.
Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s national dementia charity providing a 24-hour helpline, dementia resource centres and advisors whilst also funding vital research. Every £9.38 raised can pay for an hour of support from their Freephone Dementia Helpline; £100 could help their Community Activity Organisers run a group like Music Memories or £880 could fund a day of dementia research.
Registered no: SC022315.
We’re the Parkinson’s support and research charity. Help us find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.
Around one UK adult in every 350 is diagnosed with Parkinson's, a progressive brain condition that can affect movement, sleep, memory and mental health.
Parkinson's UK funds ground-breaking research into a cure and new treatments, campaigns for better awareness and provides support to people affected by Parkinson's.
You can help raise funds where £20 funds an hour of specialist nursing care, £48 funds a clinical researcher for two hours or £140 pays for ten helpline advisers to provide advice and information.
Registered no: 258197.
We run 21 rehoming centres to save over 16,000 abandoned dogs annually.
Dogs Trust care for over 15,000 dogs each year at their 21 rehoming centres across the UK and Ireland and never put a healthy dog to sleep. They promote responsible dog ownership with training and education to prevent abandonment where possible.
Of funds you raise, £20 helps to buy a dog bed or £50 can help with the cost of neutering a dog in their care.
A dog is for Life, not just for Christmas ©
Registered no: 227523 / SC037843.
Saving more women's lives through early diagnosis and treatment.
Ovarian cancer can be devastating, but there is hope. Target Ovarian Cancer saves the lives of more women in the UK by improving early diagnosis, discovering new treatments and offering support to sufferers and their families. We want to help those diagnosed to live their lives to the full.
Registered no: 1125038.
Beating bowel cancer together
Increasingly affecting those in their 20s and 30s, over 16,000 people in the UK die of Bowel cancer annually making it the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.
Bowel Cancer UK provides support to improve the quality of life for patients and their families, but it is a preventable and curable disease, so their ultimate vision is to save all lives through research, campaigns and education.
Just £25 raised could help campaign for improvements to the screening programme or £50 can help improve surgical techniques for bowel cancer patients.
Registered no: 1071038.
All of us against arthritis.
Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care have merged. We are now Versus Arthritis. We’re the carers, researchers, healthcare professionals, friends and fundraisers, all united in our ambition to ensure that one day, no one will have to live with the pain, fatigue and isolation that arthritis causes.
We fund breakthrough treatments, campaign relentlessly for arthritis to be seen as a priority, and support each other whenever we need it.
Registered no: 207711 / SC041146.
Know Diabetes. Fight Diabetes.
Diabetes UK is the charity leading the fight against the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time, creating a world where diabetes can do no harm. Diabetes affects more people than any other serious health condition in the UK - more than dementia and cancer combined. That means we need to take action now. It’s a fight that involves all of us – sharing knowledge and taking diabetes on together until we achieve our vision. Join us.
Registered no: 215199.
Care and support through terminal illness.
Marie Curie provides around the clock support to people in the UK living with a terminal illness. Either in people's homes or in their hospices, nurses help patients achieve the best quality of life possible, managing pain and providing emotional support to the whole family.
Funds you raise can help them reach more people, £20 could pay for one hour or £180 could provide nine hours of nursing support through the night, for someone in the comfort of their own home bringing the expert care and comfort families need.
Registered no: 207994.
Help us be there for young people who need us.
Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. We’re the only charity dedicated to providing expert care and support from the moment they hear the word cancer. We treat them as young people first, cancer patients second and everything we do aims to improve their quality of life and chances of survival.
Registered no: 1062559.
Send a Cow transforms the lives of Africa's poorest families by making real and lasting change.
Since the charity's founding farmers first sent cows to Uganda in 1988, Send A Cow has grown to help over two million people across six African countries. They provide education, livestock and support to families to enable them to support themselves from the land and start a chain of helping others in their local communities.
£66 could provide two goats, giving two families nutritious milk and manure for a thriving garden.
Registered no: 299717.
Every childhood is worth fighting for.
Together we can help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives. Together we can protect children at risk. And, together, we can find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening.
We change the law. We visit schools across the country, helping children understand what abuse is. And, through our Childline service, we give young people a voice when no one else will listen.
But all this is only possible with your support.
Every pound raised, every petition you sign, every minute of your time, will help make sure we can fight for every childhood.
Registered no: 216401/SC037717.
There are 2 ways to secure your place in Edinburgh 5K.
Secure your place at the start line with one of our charity partners.
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