The Meadows Marathon returns to Edinburgh on 2 March 2014 with registration for the event opening on Monday 28 October 2013. The event takes place in the Edinburgh Meadows and includes a 5.6km fun run, half marathon and full marathon.
Organised by Edinburgh student volunteers, 2014 will be the event's eighth year. The 5.6km fun run provides an opportunity for runners of all abilities to challenge themselves and have fun, while raising money for charity. Fancy dress is encouraged with past events featuring three-legged runners, blindfolded runners and runners dressed as grannies. All unusual ideas are considered but must be cleared by the organisers before the day.
The half marathon and full marathon are more challenging, with many runners using the Meadows Marathon as practice for the Edinburgh or London marathons. The event welcomes all abilities and ages, providing under-16s are accompanied by an adult. The entry fee goes towards the cost of organising the marathon, with a substantial remainder being divided between several charities.
Raising money for charity is optional but strongly encouraged, as the Meadows Marathon is essentially a fundraising event. Runners can seek sponsorship from friends and family, or make an optional donation if they're not fundraising in other ways.
The Meadows Marathon 2014 promises to be a fun-filled event for all the family, with entertainment planned for the day.
For more information, visit the Meadows Marathon website.