There is something for everyone at Meadows Marathon, from 5k to a 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 directly to the charity of your choice!

Can I raise money for any charity?

Of course! Just contact the charity you are interested in representing and they will 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 are unsure about the cause that you would like to support, why not take a look at our three chosen charities for this year: Saheliya, When You Wish Upon A Star and Rainforest Trust.

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 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon races.

Do we run all over Edinburgh?

One of the greatest things about a virtual race is that you can choose your own course. This means you can join and run the races regardless of wherever you are in the world!

Does it take place at The Meadows?

This year, we strongly advise participants to stay clear of Meadows Park to maintain social distancing guidelines and avoid a build up of people at any given time!

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

Meadows Marathon is open to participants of all abilities. Whether you are running, jogging, walking or using a wheelchair, everyone is welcome to take part and raise money for charity!

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!”).


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?

How does it work?

You will have 48-hours to complete your race on 20th - 21st March 2021. The great thing about racing virtually is that you can choose your own course & take part regardless of where you are in the world!