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Edinburgh Christmas 10K & 5K Run

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Dress up in your festive best for this Christmas running festival through Edinburgh. Runners new and experienced, young and old will enjoy these picturesque races around Inverleith Park. Come for the festive costumes and browse the numerous stalls after the race.

Review summary

4.7
5 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

G

GUEST
"Little muddy track for 0.5 k but a fairly flat route and nice atmosphere!..."

S

scottquicksilver
"I think it all went to plan and wouldn't change it at all...."

J

Joe H
"It was primarily running on sidewalks which can get narrow with a lot of people..."
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How to enter the Edinburgh Christmas 10K & 5K Run

  1. 10K

    Run 10km
    £20–£22
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  2. 5K

    Run 5km
    £20–£22
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  3. The Santa Toddle

    Run 1km
    £5
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  4. The Edinburgh Christmas Walk

    Run 5km
    £10
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Edinburgh Christmas 10K & 5K Run routes

Edinburgh Christmas Walk:

On Saturday, participants in the Edinburgh Christmas Walk begin in the middle of Inverleith Park, looping round the western edge before entering the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh. After passing through the gardens, walk on the beautiful banks of the Water of Leith, before passing Fettes College and working your way back to the centre of Inverleith Park. For those accompanied by furry friends, there is an alternate route which bypasses the Botanic Gardens, giving you more time to spend down by the Water of Leith before rejoining the walk on Howard Street.

5K:

Sunday's 5k starts from the centre of Inverleith Park, next to the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh, before looping around the Water of Leith banks and past the historic Fettes College.

10K:

The first half of the 10K follows the same route as the 5K run, however, instead of finishing back at the Royal Botanic Gardens, athletes undertake a second loop. Participants will run on the opposite bank of the Water of Leith, through the beautiful roads of northern Edinburgh, before finishing back in Inverleith Park itself.

Santa Toddle:

There will be a short children's event on Sunday afternoon in Inverleith Park.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Bespoke finisher's medal
  • Chip timing
  • Finish line goodies
  • Christmas charity festival
Raceday Logistics

Sponsorship and race packs will be sent out by organisers within two weeks of booking.

Schedule:

Saturday

10:00: Edinburgh Christmas Santa Parade

11:30: Edinburgh Christmas Walk Start Time

Sunday

09:30: 5K Start

11:30: 10k Start

13:30: Santa Toddle Start

Christmas Charity Festival:

10:45 - 17:30: Saturday

09:30 - 17:30: Sunday

Spectators

The event is open to spectators.

Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, plese contact [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

At what time does the Edinburgh Christmas 10K & 5K Run start?
The 5k run starts at 9.30am and the 10k run at 11am.
Is the Edinburgh Christmas 10K & 5K Run family-friendly?
Absolutely. There are various catering facilities and a Santa's Grotto to keep everyone entertained.
Where can I find results for the Edinburgh Christmas 10K & 5K Run?
Head to https://greatscottishevents.org.uk/results/ to view your results post race.
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Edinburgh Christmas 10K & 5K Run weather forecast

8°C
Predicted highs
3°C
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IconModerate breeze possible, up to 11mph

Meet the organizer

Great Scottish Events is the UK’s original adventure challenge company. We’re here to help organisations stage exciting, demanding and professional fundraising events, with participant satisfaction guaranteed. And it’s all about the fundraising, all of our events have a primary purpose of raising as much money as possible for the event charity. Over the years we have assisted charities raise more than £12 Million for their own good causes!

Edinburgh Christmas 10K & 5K Run reviews (5)

4.7 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the 5K in 2018

    Nope, the race was well organised and signposted
  • Did the 10K in 2018

    It was primarily running on sidewalks which can get narrow with a lot of people around but was still a lot of fun.
  • Did the 5K in 2018

    Great race, with a great friendly atmosphere
  • Did the 5K in 2018

    Little muddy track for 0.5 k but a fairly flat route and nice atmosphere!

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