Meadows Marathon

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There is something for everyone at Meadows Marathon, from our 5k to the Full Marathon, or the relay race which lets you complete a full marathon in teams of 6 people.
Participants
10 Km Run, 5 Km Fun Run, Half Marathon, and 1 more
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Calendar
Sun, 1 Mar 2020
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4.1
(6 Reviews)
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The event experience
Atmosphere

Based on 1,000 participants

Elevation

<5m elevation gain per km

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Where and when
Location
The Meadows, Melville Dr, Edinburgh EH9 1ND, UK
Start times
Sun, 1 Mar 2020
10 Km Run:
TBC |
5 Km Fun Run:
TBC |
Half Marathon:
11:30am |
Marathon Relay:
11:30am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Meadows Marathon
10 Km Run
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10km
5 Km Fun Run
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5km
Half Marathon
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13.1mi
Marathon Relay
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26.2mi
Route information
All of the events take place in the Meadows, a large public park in Central Edinburgh. The course itself is a large loop of the Meadows, with the start and finish area at George Square.
The 5k is 2 laps of the course, the 10k 4 laps, the half marathon 9 laps, and the marathon 18 laps.
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What's included
  • Prize for fastest male and female finisher in each event
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How to get there
The Meadows, Melville Dr, Edinburgh EH9 1ND, UK
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Address: The Meadows, Melville Dr, Edinburgh EH9 1ND, UK
Parking: There is paid parking available across Edinburgh. The closest parking to the Meadows is Q-Park Quartermile, Nicolson Square Car Park, and St. Leonards Car Park
Bus: The Meadows are served by the 24, 35, and X55 bus routes
Train: The closest train station to The Meadows is Edinburgh, which is served by trains travelling to and from various destinations all across Scotland and England
Event day logistics
Packet pickup: Race numbers can be collected at race registration in Potterrow
Schedule:
08:30-09:45 Full and relay marathon registration open
09:30-10:45 10k registration open
10:00 Full and relay marathon warm up
10:15 Full and relay marathon start
11:00 10k warm up
11:15 10k race start
11:30-12:45 Half marathon registration open
13:00 Half marathon warm up
13:00-14:15 5k registration open
13:15 Half marathon start
14:30 5k warm up
14:45 5k race start
Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the start of your event to ensure plenty of time for parking, arrival and registration
Bag Drop: There will be an area available to leave personal belongings in Potterrow
Meadows Marathon - Edinburgh RAG's logo
Meadows Marathon - Edinburgh RAG
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.
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Spectator Info
Spectators are more than welcome at this event, and the circuitous nature of the route makes it even easier than usual to watch the race.
Backpack
Kit List
  • Re-useable water bottle
FAQ's
Is Meadows Marathon really a marathon?
Yes, in addition to the 5k and 10k distances, there is also a full marathon event
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Does the Meadows Marathon course take you through Edinburgh?
No, the Meadows Marathon is in fact just laps of the Meadows, rather than just one linear route
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Why would I want to run laps of the Meadows for the Meadows Marathon?
Due to the Meadows Marathon's circuitous nature you're never far from a first aid or water station. There has also been feedback from past participants saying that the circuit makes it an easy race to pace, making it a perfect training event.
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Do you have to be in great shape to take part in the Meadows Marathon?
The Meadows Marathon is open to whoever can make it around the course, and there are a variety of distances on offer.
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Reviews
4.1
6 reviews
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4.0
Did the race 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 !
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4.7
Did the race 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.
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3.3
Did the race 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?
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4.7
Did the race 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
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3.7
Did the race 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!
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4.3
Did the race 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.
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