8TH MARCH 2015, 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.

Since then it has raised £38k in 2008, £14k in 2009 (at a month's notice), £25k in 2010, £35k in 2011 and £30k in 2012.

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.

Last year almost 500 runners took part. Just think: if each of those runners ran again in 2014 and each runner convinced a friend to join, MM2014 could raise over 70k!

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 kaitlyn@meadowsmarathon.org.uk

AN IMAGINED CONVERSATION WITH MEADOWS MARATHON...

IS THE MEADOWS MARATHON REALLY A MARATHON?

Yes! This year is the third year of our marathon, in addition to our half marathon and 5k events. To download the official measuring of the routes, click below!

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, and therefore more money to charity at the end of the day.

BUT DON'T 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 half marathon may be a step too far (pun intended) then why not try the Fun Run, you can always try the half marathon next year.

OK, I WANT TO TAKE PART, WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?
Go to our registration page to sign up. Registration only costs £10 for the Fun Run, £25 for the Half Marathon and £40 for the Full (but you can make an additional donation if you're feeling flush). At the end of the sign up there's a wee button that will take you to Virgin Money Giving so you can set up a fundraising page.

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? With a Virgin Money Giving page you can simply email your friends and family with a link to your page, where they can donate money online. No more going to door-to-door collecting errant 50pences, we will handle the collection of money automatically. It might say on your page that your money is going to ESCA even if you're raising for someone else. That's ok, its just because all the money comes to us first, where we collect the gift aid, bundle it all up into big lovely cheques that we send out to the charities, along with a little list of who raised what so that they can send you thank-you letters.

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, check out our For Charity page. These are very worthwhile charities dealing with a wide variety of issues on a local, national, and international 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 tom-n@meadowsmarathon.org.uk

WHAT HAPPENS IF I CHANGE MY MIND AFTER REGISTERING?
The full terms and conditions of participation are laid out in the Runner Agreement which is presented to you during the registration process. The short answer is that registration fees are non-refundable once we have committed significant funds to staging the event, normally about 5 weeks before the day of the race.

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.

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

Fair enough, if we can’t convince you to do even the Fun Run, but you want to get involved, we are always short of volunteers on the day to marshal the course, operate the water station, and generally ensure the smooth functioning of the event. If this sounds like something that you would enjoy, please contact volunteers@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!

THE MEADOWS MARATHON TEAM

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