6TH MARCH 2016, NOT JUST A WALK IN THE PARK

SOME FACTS ABOUT THE MEADOWS MARATHON

The Meadows Marathon was created in 2007 by two students at the University of Edinburgh, and raised £8k from 250 runners in its inaugural year.

Meadows Marathon is completely organised by student volunteers, no-one gets paid for their work, and money from registration fees that is left over gets donated to charity.

Meadows Marathon isn't just for fun and silliness (although it comes naturally to us) - lots of hardcore runners use us as a training run for the London, Paris, or Edinburgh marathons.

You don't need to fundraise to take part (although we'd love it if you did), if you run lots of different events you obviously cannot fundraise for all of them. However, we do accept additional donations from those runners (no pressure!)

Meadows Marathon is about a million times more fun than sitting inside on a Sunday in your pyjamas watching the Hollyoaks Omnibus.

The Meadows Marathon needs performers. If you, or anyone you know can sing/ play an instrument / do handstands please send an email to sourcing@escaonline.org

AN IMAGINED CONVERSATION WITH MEADOWS MARATHON...

IS THE MEADOWS MARATHON REALLY A MARATHON?

Yes! This year is the fifth year of our marathon, in addition to our half marathon and 5K events. Following last year's success the 10K is back too!

A MARATHON! DO WE RUN ALL OVER THE CITY?
No you lucky thing, we have much better plans than that. The beauty of the Meadows Marathon is that you run it as laps of the Meadows, rather than one long linear route.

OH. WHY WOULD I WANT TO RUN AROUND THE MEADOWS A BUNCH OF TIMES?
I’m glad you asked. The Meadows Marathon’s circuitous nature is part of its appeal. You are never far from a first aid station or a water station, spectators cheer on runners throughout the race rather than just at one point, and we get musicians and performers to provide entertainment around the course, lending a carnival atmosphere to the event. It also means that we can put on the event at a relatively lower cost than other runs of a similar distance, meaning a lower registration cost to you.

DO YOU HAVE TO BE IN GREAT SHAPE TO TAKE PART? I DON'T WANT TO LOOK FOOLISH, TRAILING BEHIND EVERYONE ELSE...
The Meadows Marathon is open to anyone who can make it around the course. Our runners are very diverse; we have some experienced runners who like to hurtle round the half marathon in a little over an hour, less accomplished runners trying to see if they can go the distance, and some people who like to jog and walk round with their friends. Of course fancy dress is always encouraged, which doubles as a sure-fire way to get encouragement from strangers in the crowd as well as providing an excuse for taking it easy (“Of course I had to walk most of it – I was dressed as a centurion!”). If you’re really worried that the full or half marathon may be a step too far (pun intended) then why not try the 5K Fun Run or 10K, you can always try the half marathon next year.

OK, I WANT TO TAKE PART, WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?
The link on the homepage will take you to our registration page. Registration only costs £15 for the Fun Run, £25 for the 10K, £30 for the Half Marathon and £45 for the Full (although prices for all events will increase on the day).

DO I HAVE TO RAISE SPONSERSHIP?

No, it is not compulsory, but since you’re doing the hard part of completing the event, why not do the easy part of raising some money for charity? We would love as many runners as possible to run the Meadows Marathon for charity. As an event under Edinburgh Students’ Charities Appeal (ESCA) we would really appreciate it if you would be able to fundraise through our Virgin Money Giving event. All your money still goes to your chosen charity, but raising the money on ESCA’s Virgin Money Giving event allows us to get an accurate fundraising total. This event is 100% organised by student volunteers who put a lot of time and effort into the event in order to raise funds for charity, therefore, we really appreciate seeing how much our hard work has paid off. You can run for any charity of your choice, but if you fundraise using an “ESCA” Virgin Money Giving page we will match up to 25%* of what you raise and give this to your charity. The link to our Virgin Money Giving event is:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayEventDetails.action?eventId=23436&charityId=1002226&invocation=evt0050

(Follow the link above. Click on “Start Fundraising” on the top right corner and create your page from there. Make sure your page story talks about the charity you are raising for so we know where to send the funds.)

*Dependent on number of registrations.

CAN I RAISE MONEY FOR WHOMEVER I LIKE?
Of course! Just contact whichever charity you’re interested in representing and they’ll send you a sponsorship pack. If you’re looking for a cause to support, take a look at the list of 2016 Charity Partners in our "charities" section. These are very worthwhile charities dealing with a wide variety of issues on a local and national level. The only stipulation we have is that your cause is a bona-fide charity (i.e. has a charity number) because ESCA cannot give money to individuals. If you're raising for a trip abroad with EGP or First Aid Africa we can't give you the money raised but we can give it to the charity you're going with and they'll count it towards your total (so you get gift aid added to it - bonus!). If you have any questions just email enquiries@meadowsmarathon.org.uk

WHAT HAPPENS IF I CHANGE MY MIND AFTER REGISTERING?
The full terms and conditions of participation are presented to you during the registration process. The short answer is that we have a strict no refunds policy.

WHAT IF THE EVENT IS CANCELLED?
Very unlikely, but the same conditions apply. If we were to cancel the event before funds had been committed then refunds would be possible, if we have to cancel closer to the day then registration fees will go to servicing the costs incurred. Any money raised in sponsorship will be passed on to the charity regardless of whether the event goes ahead.

YOU KNOW WHAT? I LIKE THE SOUND OF THE EVENT BUT RUNNING JUST ISN'T MY THING...

If we can’t convince you to do even the Fun Run, but you want to get involved, we always need volunteers on the day to marshal the course. If this sounds like something that you would enjoy, please contact sophie@meadowsmarathon.org.uk

SOUNDS GREAT, BUT I HAVE SOME QUESITONS...
Sure! Just fire an email to enquiries@meadowsmarathon.org.uk and our friendly committee will help you.

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON THE DAY!

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THE MEADOWS MARATHON TEAM

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