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There is something for everyone at Meadows Marathon, from our 5k to the Full Marathon, or our relay race which lets you complete a full marathon in teams of 6 people.

Review summary

6 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Utz M
"18 laps around the "Meadows" (which is near the university campus), a challenge..."


John T
"18 Laps not everyones idea of fun but I enjoyed it, and good for spectators. ..."


Paul Y
"Race is much more fun than I'd have thought and 18 water stations over the..."
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How to enter the Meadows Marathon

  1. 10 Km Run

    Run 10km
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  2. 5 Km Fun Run

    Run 5km
  3. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
  4. Marathon Relay

    Run 26.2mi

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Meet the organizer

Meadows Marathon is an annual student-organised running event held on the Meadows in Edinburgh to raise money for local, national and international charities. The event is organised by Edinburgh RAG an initiative of Edinburgh Students’ Charities Appeal (ESCA) and has raised over £200,000 for charity since its inception in 2007. It now incorporates 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon distances and a relay into a packed day of running each March.

Meadows Marathon reviews (6)

4.1 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the event in 2019

    18 laps around the "Meadows" (which is near the university campus), a challenge of its own. The best is the atmosphere created by the students. Well organised, with only one stand for catering necessary, the Meadows Marathon is an early spring marathon which can be used as a training run for ambitious runners to check where they stand. For all others: enjoy the atmosphere of a wonderful university !
  • Did the event in 2019

    18 Laps not everyones idea of fun but I enjoyed it, and good for spectators. Volunteers were great and communication was excellent throughout. Making us climb stairs to get our medal was cruel though. Do it next year? Probably.
  • Did the event in 2019

    Race is much more fun than I'd have thought and 18 water stations over the course is good. Enthusiastic marshals. Downside is quite a lot of marathoners did not run the whole 18laps but still show in the results. Worse still is the relay marathon results merged with solo marathoners pushing you down the results table. Same dateless medal for past three times I've run it. I would either have a chip time mat to count the marathon runners distance or a Marshall at the top of Middle Meadow walk ticking a box beside each marathon runner and telling them when on their last lap. Shouldn't be difficult?
  • Did the event in 2019

    This race is 1 of the better ones Ive done it was so friendly well organised and the marshals were amazing and kept me going after 20 plus miles I would definitely recommend it the laps werent really that bad I met a fellow runner and she could talk
  • Did the event in 2019

    The course was not too challenging, however, as a first marathon I believe that to be a great thing. As it was done in a loop 18 times it was quite hard to keep track of how many laps you had done. I actually miscounted my laps and had to rely on Strava to keep me right (I was glad I had one less lap to do than I thought I had). The staff at the event were all great! They were extremely encouraging did there jobs well! I don't think I could have completed the race without the help of the race Marshalls. The fact that the race was done in a loop allowed me to bond with many of the race Marshalls as well which also helped... Everything ran like clockwork and I would say that for the little that the organisers had to work with they put in a five star performance, however, they did not have the ability to record laps that you had done, possibly voiding any authenticity of how many laps you had done. However, all in all, I still believe that it is probably one of the best races to do your first marathon!
  • Did the event in 2019

    Organisers and stewards are awesome, very supportive and motivating, which is definitely needed when doing 18 repetitive laps. Great location for a race, weather was epic! Loved the biodegradable oohoos! Only downside was having to count your own laps, which got confusing at times.