The Meadows is always a popular spot when the sun comes out in Edinburgh. This was certainly the case on Sunday as 767 crossed the starting line for the eighth annual Meadows Marathon.
Some were taking part in the 5k fun run, others set themselves the challenge of the half marathon and the hardy runners took on the 26.2 mile marathon.
Though the target distances differed, all of the runners had one thing in common – every penny they raised was going straight to charity.
The event was first launched in 2007 by two Edinburgh students who raised £8000 in the first year, and it is still run by students. They raised £38,000 in 2008, £14,000 in 2009 (at a month's notice), £25,000 in 2010, £35,000 in 2011 and £30,000 in 2012. This year's fundraising target is £38,000.
There are 31 charity partners who benefit from the event’s profits and a set proportion of the registration fees - with the rest going towards the staging of the event. These include Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), Save the Children, Health in Mind and Mindroom. Runners were also able to choose to fundraise for their own charities.

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If you're struggling to keep your New Year fitness resolution, why not set yourself the challenge of completing either a 5km Fun Run, half marathon or full marathon this March? Having a goal to aim towards can really motivate you to persevere with your fitness training during the cold winter months. The Meadows Marathon is a fun filled, relaxed event which has a real carnival atmosphere. You can sign up as an individual or as part of a team. Why not run in fancy dress or collect sponsorship money for a worthy cause too? The Meadows Marathon is taking place on the Edinburgh Meadows on 2nd March 2014. You can sign up to run a 5km Fun Run (£10), half marathon (£25) or full marathon (£40). Runners of all abilities take part in the Meadows Marathon, with some runners using the full marathon as training for the London, Paris or Edinburgh marathons. Equally, casual runners can have lots of fun with the Fun Run or half marathon. If you sign up for the Meadows Marathon you will be contributing to charity simply by the act of signing up, as a proportion of the registration fees are donated to charity. If you want to raise further funds through sponsorship there are loads of suggestions of charities to raise money for on the Meadows Marathon website, and you can easily set up an online fundraising page. The Meadows Marathon team are working to secure prizes for the top three male and female runners in each race, plus prizes for best individual and team fancy dress. The team has contacted lots of University of Edinburgh student societies to arrange entertainment for the day, so even if you're not running feel free to come along to support the runners and enjoy the atmosphere on the day. Help us to make this the best year so far by signing up to run or supporting friends and family at the event. For more information and to register please visit and for any queries please contact Sign up before 13th January to get a 50% registration discount when you register with a friend.


"Registration is now open for Edinburgh’s biggest student-organised running events.
The Meadows Marathon, which was established by two students in 2008, will take place on March 4, 2012. Up until now the annual event has not, as the name suggests, featured a marathon but instead a half-marathon and 5km fun run..."


"Registration for one of Scotland’s biggest running and fundraising events is now open. The Meadows Marathon 2012 sees the return of the 5.6km fun run and half marathon to the Meadows on Sunday 4th March 2012 and also introduces a full marathon for the first time..."

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