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.
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.
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.
Care and support through terminal illness.
Marie Curie provides care and support for people living with any terminal illness across the UK, including cancer. In people's homes and in our hospices, our nurses offer specialist care around the clock. We carefully match people with trained volunteers, provide emotional support and practical information.
Registered no: 207994.
Beating bowel cancer together
Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer with over 16,000 people dying annually of a disease that is preventable, treatable and curable.
We are determined to change that. As the UK's leading bowel cancer charity, our purpose is clear: we are determined to save lives, improve the quality of life and support all those affected by bowel cancer in the UK. We fund targeted research, provide expert information and support to patients and their families, educate the public and professionals about the disease and campaign for early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care.
Our vision is of a world where no one dies of bowel cancer, but we can't do this alone. Tomorrow can't wait. Join us and help us stop people dying of bowel cancer today.
Registered no: 1071038.
We’re the Parkinson’s support and research charity. Help us find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.
Every hour, two people in the UK are told they have Parkinson’s – a brain condition that turns lives upside down, leaving a future full of uncertainty. Parkinson’s UK is here to make sure people have whatever they need to take back control – from information to inspiration.
We want everyone to get the best health and social care. So we bring professionals together to drive improvements that enable people to live life to the full.Ultimately, we want to end Parkinson’s. That’s why we inspire and support the international research community to develop life-changing treatments, faster. And we won’t stop until we find a cure.
Together we can bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson’s.
Registered no: 258197.
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.
We support people with dementia in Scotland to make sure nobody faces dementia alone.
Alzheimer Scotland offers care, information and support to people with dementia and carers in Scotland. Our services include our 24 hour Freephone Dementia Helpline, our Dementia Advisors, Dementia Nurses and medical research. We believe nobody should face dementia alone.
Registered no: SC022315.
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.
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.
We run 21 rehoming centres to save over 16,000 abandoned dogs annually.
Dogs Trust is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK. We rescue and rehome dogs all over the UK (Ireland too). We never put a healthy dog down. We also promote responsible dog ownership through youth education, neutering and microchipping campaigns. A dog is for Life, not just for Christmas ©
Registered no: 227523 / SC037843.
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Secure your place at the start line with one of our charity partners.
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