Edinburgh Christmas 5k, 10k & Santa Toddle - 2022

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This series of festive runs is a unique family activity to get everyone excited for December 25th. With a Santa's Grotto, festive stalls offering warm and tasty refreshments, there is something for everyone at this fun-filled day out.
Participants
5k, 10k and Santa Toddle
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Calendar
Sun, 4 Dec 2022
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4.4
(36 Reviews)
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Where and when
Location
Inbhir Líte, Edinburgh EH3 5PD, UK
Start times
Sun, 4 Dec 2022
5k:
9:30am |
10k:
11:00am |
Santa Toddle:
1:30pm
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Edinburgh Christmas 5k, 10k & Santa Toddle - 2022
5k
Distance
5km
£10.00 - £24.50
10k
Distance
10km
£10.00 - £24.50
Santa Toddle
Distance
1.5km
£5.00
Route information
Mapped through the cold and crisp Inverleith Park, this fast and flat route caters for any ability.
The other Christmas festivities happening at the festival are sure to give you that added boost to cross the finish line.
Santa Toddle
This fantastic 1500 metre guarantees to get your little ones burning off the excitement of Christmas. This fun run is great for all the family, a part of the Edinburgh Christmas Running festival, there will plenty of chances for them to meet Santa too. Join for a great day out.
What's included
  • Unique Finishers' Medal
  • Chip-timed results
  • Santa's Grotto
  • Santas Cairngorm Reindeer on show
  • Chance to win £50 Decathlon Voucher, Christmas Hamper or a Beech's Chocolate Hamper
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Finisher's Medal
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How to get there
Inbhir Líte, Edinburgh EH3 5PD, UK
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By Bus/Coach
The closest bus/coach station to Inverleith Park is Learmonth Grove, which is approximately a 4 minute walk away.
By Train
The closest train station is Haymarket, which is a 30 minute walk away from Inverleith Park.
Parking
There are plenty of car parks nearby to Inverleith Park. The closest is name JustPark and can be located at 10 Young St, Edinburgh EH2 4JB.
Event day logistics
09:00 Santa's Grotto opens
09:30 5k starts
11:00 10k starts
13:30 Santa Toddle race starts
17:00 Santa's Grotto closes
Age Restrictions
  • 5k - At least 11 years old
  • 10k - At least 15 years old
Santa's Grotto
Early booking for Santa's Grotto is strongly advised. Click hereExternalLink to book.
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FAQs
Are there age restrictions on any of the races at Edinburgh Christmas 5k and 10k?
You must be at least 15 years old to enter the 10k and at least 11 years old to enter the 5k.
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Can I wear fancy dress for the The Edinburgh Christmas 5k, 10k or Santa Toddle?
Yes, festive fancy dress is strongly encouraged as it sets a great atmosphere. The Great Scottish Events ask that you still wear the appropriate clothing for running to minimise the risk of injury.
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Where can I find out my results for The Edinburgh Christmas 5k and 10k?
The results for the 5k and 10k races will be uploaded to the Great Scottish Events website after the event finishes.
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Reviews
4.4
36 reviews
ruth
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4.7
Did the race in 2022
found sections of the course bit confusing
paul
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
Come all the way from Northampton.A 6 hour train journey.But it was worth it.Very well organised.That’s the 2nd time I have done this run,I love it.
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1.3
Did the race in 2022
Has potential to be a really good 5 or 10k, however there are serious organisational issues with this event. Firstly, the event is not 10k - I only ran 9.8k, and looking at the tracked runs around me on Stava, nobody managed to clock 10k. The route was poorly marshalled and inadequately marked out - I ran the wrong way at one point due to an arrow pointing down the wrong path. My partner ran the 5k and spectated the 10k, and witnessed this happening on several occasions during the 10k - she raised it with event manager, who was argumentative and dismissed the issue. The part of the course that was actually marked out with railings went through a cycle lane with several unmarked trip hazards sticking out in the route. Sadly, I do not think I will be participating in future, and would not recommend.
mia
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2.3
Did the race in 2022
The course wasn't well marshalled. Myself and the runners around me took the wrong turn in two different places, which caused an issue between 2nd and 3rd female. Only to realise that the first lady finished a minute or two after us, and we had missed an entire section of the course. I ran with four friends, three of them had a distance of 9.8km, my distance was 9.3km and another friend took a wrong turn in a different place and his distance was 10.5km. The organiser was very patronising during our discussions, saying he didn't understand how anyone could get it wrong because there were barriers, arrows and they had sent a map. Well I didn't run through any barriers, there were no arrows and if there were they weren't clear because I wasn't the only one who missed them. Was I expected to run with the map in my pocket? It's not like I wanted to miss half a kilometre of the course. He also insisted it was a 10km course when nobody in our group had run 10km. My friend who did 9.8km said there was a marshall who directed her to turn in the place where we had kept running, so where were they when we were there? Sorry for the rant, I'm not disappointed because of the mix-up with 2nd/3rd but because I didn't appreciate being talked down to and I could have run a good time on a distance closer to 10km.
bethany
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
Fabulous experience
stewart
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4.7
Did the race in 2022
Really enjoyable run
elaine
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3.0
Did the race in 2022
Enjoyed the start and finish, also very generous food and water offered and plenty to do for waiting friends and family.but not much support around the course, route information could have been briefed at the start, i.e. how many laps, and places to spectate encouraged. Also, wish the medal said 10K - not 5k or 10K. However - I would run it again and recommend.
euan
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
Great day out for family, races at different times helped with transfer of parental tasks!Course was condensed so could catch runners at various points with ease.The start zone was great with Santas grotto and reindeer a fantastic Christmas addition.
lauren
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4.7
Did the race in 2022
Facilities and entertainment were great
bethany
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
Really enjoyable experience with friends
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