There is something for everyone at Meadows Marathon, from our 10k to the full marathon.







Do I have to get sponsorship?

No, it's not compulsory, but when you're already running, why not raise some money for charity at the same time? With our registration and fundraising system you can share your fundraising page via email and social media where friends, family and anyone else can follow a link to donate so you don't need to worry about collecting money.

Can I raise money for any charity?

Of course! Just contact whichever charity you’re interested in representing and they’ll send you a sponsorship pack. The only requirement is that your cause is a UK registered charity (i.e. has a charity number). If you’re not sure which cause you'd like to support, why not take a look at our three chosen charities for this year; Saheliya, Rainforest Trust UK and When You Wish Upon A Star.

How do I collect donations for my own chosen charity?

There's no need to set up a third party fundraising page, we give you one! Through this, we'll collect all your donations and pass them on to your charity for you. At registration, just select "Other" when asked which charity you are supporting, enter its name and charity number and then we'll do the rest!

Why does my fundraising page say Edinburgh Student Charities Appeal and not my chosen charity?

Edinburgh Student Charities Appeal (ESCA) is the name of our charity. All donations come to us first where we collect the gift aid, bundle it all up into big cheques and then distribute them to your chosen charity, along with a list of who raised what so that they can send you a thank you.


Is Meadows Marathon really a marathon?

Yes it is! We offer a full marathon, half marathon and a 10K.

Do we run all over Edinburgh?

Nope, Meadows Marathon does things a little differently. Rather than one long route around the city, you will run laps around the Meadows!

Why would I want to run laps around The Meadows?

Well, running the marathon in laps means that you are never far from a first aid or water station and spectators can cheer you on throughout the race rather than at just one point. The circuit also makes it easy to pace which makes Meadows Marathon a great way to train for other marathons later in the year!

Do you have to be in great shape to take part?

The Meadows Marathon is open to anyone who can make it around the course. Whether you are running, jogging, walking or using a wheelchair, everyone is welcome to take part!

Can I dress up?

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!”).


What happens if I change my mind after registering or can't make the event?

Information on our refund policy can be found in our terms and conditions. Click on the 'Ts & Cs' button below and check out our Payment and Registration Fees section if you would like to read more.


What is a virtual race?

This year, because of the current Coronavirus pandemic, events everywhere, including Meadows Marathon, are having to do things a little bit differently. A virtual race means that people who are considered 'high risk' are still able to join in. It also means that if, come April 3rd, the government COVID guidelines have changed, the marathon can still take place! A virtual marathon, half marathon or 10K is a race that is held remotely and allows you the flexibility of racing a given distance in your own time.

How does it work?

The great thing about racing virtually is that you can do things in your own time. You can complete your run anytime on or before Saturday April 3rd 2021. Doing things virtually also gives you the option to choose how you complete the race. Whether that be in one go or over several days!

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