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  • Why do you need my medical information?
    For the safety of all involved, all participants must provide their full name and details of any health problems or medication upon entry. Failure to disclose such information may result in withdrawal from the event with no refund given. We also recommend that you carry your medical information, emergency contact(s), and address in a safe place (e.g., pockets) while you race.
  • Do I need a COVID-19 vaccination to take part?
    You are no longer required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or recent vaccination to participate in the Meadows Marathon. ​
  • Can I still partake in the race if I have been feeling unwell on the day?
    Please look after yourself. Before leaving home, have a quick self-check-in: Are you experiencing any symptoms like chest congestion, a hacking cough or an upset stomach? Please do NOT run if you are feeling unwell as even mild illnesses can escalate into medical emergencies during strenuous running.
  • When should I stop running?
    Please listen to your body. If you are experiencing symptoms like chest pain, abnormal shortness of breath and/or dizziness, please stop running and contact one of our nearby volunteers immediately. Your health, wellbeing and safety are our priority. ​
  • Looking for medical help?
    Medical help will be provided by ABC Paramedic Services, deployed at George Square. In case of any emergency, please don’t hesitate to contact our volunteer team. If you are injured and cannot continue the race, contact our volunteer team immediately. Please stay still to prevent further injuries while trying to avoid resting on the track.
  • Can I buy a ticket on the day?
    Yes! If you miss out on a chance to grab a ticket, we will have some tickets available on race day. Instead of receiving a Meadows Marathon 2024 t-shirt, we will plant two trees in your name.
  • What do I do before my race?
    Please read all the race day information we email you before the event. You must attend registration, which closes 30 minutes before each race. Participants who do not check in and collect their race number will not be entitled to participate. A warm-up will be held 20 minutes before each race.
  • When is my race?
    Registration opens at 8:30am on Sunday 3rd March. 10:20am - Full Marathon and Relay Starts 11:20am - 10k Starts 1:20pm - Half Marathon Starts 2:50pm - 5K Starts Race registration/check-in closes 30 minutes before each race. A warm-up will also be held 20 minutes before each race.
  • How many laps is my race?
    Excluding the start/finish sections, each race has the following number of laps: 5k - 2 laps 10k - 4 laps Half Marathon - 9 laps Full Marathon/Relay - 18 laps
  • How will you measure our timings?
    There will be one “chip" given to each team. The first runner will set off with this chip & will be expected to pass it on to the next team member. When the last runner crosses the finish line the chip will register this & we will know how long it took the team to complete the marathon. If you want to compare lap times within your team, the responsibility will lie with your Team Leader to organise this separately.
  • Do you have a cloakroom or bag storage?
    Yes, we do! It is located next to our registration desk.
  • What should I wear?
    The Meadows Marathon takes place on 3rd March 2024 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The average temperature for Edinburgh in March is between 2.5°C and 7.8°C so please dress accordingly! We recommend a thin, non-nylon, ventilating layer to keep warm and maybe even a hat.
  • What do I do after my race?
    To prevent injuries, it is best to keep moving for 10 – 15 minutes after your race. Please remember to collect your medal (and t-shirt if you requested one) from the registration desks. Now it is time to celebrate your achievement! Change out of your running kit as soon as possible and refill yourself with a carbohydrate-rich snack as well as keeping hydrated.
  • Can I bring my dog/baby stroller/walking sticks etc. to the race?
    No dogs (except guide dogs), baby joggers, baby strollers, skateboards, Nordic sticks, rollerblades, unauthorised bicycles or any other unauthorised wheeled device will be permitted on the course. Spectators are welcome to bring any of the above, but they are not permitted on the course. If you have any concerns regarding this, please contact
  • Can I dress up?
    Of course! Fancy dress is always encouraged, which doubles as a sure-fire way to get encouragement from strangers 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!”).


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