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COSTS & INCLUSIONS

The Edinburgh Christmas Run 10k Start time 11am. 3rd December 2017
The Christmas Run is open to all. Whether you are a seasoned runner, beginner or just want to run with friends and family this could be the run for you. If you really feel energetic do the run followed by one of our walks.

Special prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male & Female runners. Time & position will be recorded. Medal & Goody Bag to all runners.

Entry fees:

Normal Place (£20), Official Charity £15, Concessions £10, Special Nominated Charity £0 (including JDRF)

 

The Edinburgh Christmas Walk 10k (1pm start time. Saturday 2nd December 2017)
Our aim is to make the walk a fun and memorable day out for everyone. No one will be excluded. The walk will include walkers going through the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the Water of Leith before finishing in Inverleith Park via Stockbridge.

Entry fees:

Normal Place (£20), Official Charity £15, Concessions £10, Special Nominated Charity £0 (including JDRF)

 

Tinsel Mile Walk (1pm Saturday 2nd December 2017)
Walk, Stroll 1, 2 or 3miles you choose the distance.

This walk is for those wishing to take part, but feel the other walks are too difficult. Suitable for elderly and disabled.

Entry fees:

Normal Place (£20), Official Charity £15, Concessions £10, Special Nominated Charity £0 (including JDRF)

 

Insert— Santa Toddle - (1.30pm Sunday 4th December 2016)

FITNESS & TRAINING

How tough are the events?
The events can be as tough or relaxed as you wish. You can push yourself in the 5k or 10k run to achieve your personal best or take it easy and enjoy the events at your leisure- either way you will be improving your fitness.

Am I fit enough to run the 5k or 10k?
This is no road marathon, yet we welcome professional and amateur runners, joggers and anyone wishing to try a longer run than they have done before. However, all experienced runners will be positioned closely to the start line to allow a quick pace.

What sort of food is provided on the day?
All water is fully included in your registration fee at manned check points and on completion of your event you will be given a goody bag containing water /juice snacks etc. The onsite catering will be mixed, varied , delicious and plentiful with calorific intake a priority – from soups .paster,salads etc at very reasonable prices.

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EVENT QUESTIONS AND SUPPORT

What do I carry?
You are responsible for your personal items at the event. However, we can put aside certain items to look after but leaving items with us is at your own risk. Depending on the weather we would recommended wet weather and warm clothing, water and snacks.

What sort of shoes should I wear?
If a runner ,then we recommend the shoes you usually train and run in.

For walkers we recommend you wear shoes or boots you have been wearing for some time, make sure they are comfortable and give your ankles maximum support.

How do we find our way along the route?
The route will be clearly and fully signed with directional signs,– meaning you never have to worry about finding your way and can just concentrate on the event you are participating in.

What is the terrain of the route like?
The Christmas Walk / Runs are generally flat as it follows paths that are mainly tarmac and very firm.

What happens if I or someone in my team has to pull out of the event along the route?
If you unfortunately have to drop out of the challenge, you will need to do so at the nearest check-point if possible, where a marshall will alert the event organisers, who will 'log' you out of the event.

Can I bring my dog on the challenge?
Dogs can take part but must be on a lead and under control at all times.

When do entries open and close?
Postal entries close on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

Do you have a late check-in facility?
The late entry check-in desk will be open from 10am on Saturday 2nd December and 7am on Sunday 3rd December. It will be situated at the Royal Botanic Garden end of Inverleith Park.

Can I enter more than one event?
Yes

When do I receive my participation number and event information map?
All participants will receive an information map, official sponsor form; walkers will also receive their walk numbers.
Runners pick up their number chip Saturday 2nd from 11am or from 7am Sunday 3rd December at Inverleith Park.

Where can I leave my baggage whilst I am taking part?
There will be a left baggage store at the late check-in desk.

Are there any prizes?
Two - We shall award prizes for the 1st, 2nd & 3rd male & female runners in the 5k & 10k Runs.

What happens if I lose my numbers?
If it is before the registration closing dates you may contact Great Scottish Events office or 0131 208 2500 and we will replace it. If after go to the late check-in desk and we will re issue you with new number.

What happens if I wish to change my event after entering?
You will have to contact the Great Scottish Events office or 0131 208 2500 (note if your entry has already been processed an administration fee will be charged!)

Are there refreshment stations?
There will be at least two water stations on all road events.

Is there a First Aid section?
Full first aid stations will be provided throughout both days of the Christmas Festival.

How will I be timed?
Full race results will be published and be on display in Inverleith Park within one hour of each race being completed and also on www.greatscottishevents.org.uk

What are the starting times?
The Edinburgh Christmas Santa Parade 10.00am Saturday 3rd December
The Edinburgh Christmas Walk Start Time 1pm Saturday 2rd December
The Golden Tinsel mile Walks Start Time 1pm Saturday 2rd December
The Edinburgh Christmas 5k Run 09.30am on Sunday 3rd December
The Edinburgh Christmas 10k Run 11.00am Sunday 3rd December
The Santa Toddle 1.30pm Sunday 3rd December


How do we get to Inverleith Park?
Limited car parking is available in the surrounding streets off Inverleith Park . Therewill be a disabled disembarking bay available in Arboretum Place opposite the West Gate of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.Lothian Bus service to Stockbridge 29, Ferry Road 21 and Inverleith Row 27. You can also find us in maps using postcode EH3 5NZ

We are travelling a long distance, can you recommend accommodation?
Yes, we have accommodation providers who will be happy to provide reduced rate rooms to all entrants who wish to stay a little longer in Edinburgh, either overnight or a long weekend

One of our team mates has dropped out of the challenge, can someone else take his place?
All teams are made up of walkers who have paid a non-refundable registration fee. We can add, change and amend team sizes and names but any cancellation of a team member is subject to a £25 admin fee - please email us at , if you need to change a team member.

I signed up as an individual - can I join a team?
If you have signed up to the walks as an individual you can amend your registration form by logging back in to the forms and changing your registration to Team Registration. You then need to specify the Team Name you'd like to create or join.

 

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JOINING AS A TEAM

How can we sign up as a team?
Teams can be made of all sizes, either all fundraising for the same charity, or each choosing their own to fundraise for. A team will initially need to be set up by a 'Team Captain' and can then go forth and recruit more members into the team over time, each registering themselves separately.

Creating a new team
Pay for yourself under a team registration and register as captain, then forward your team name to your potential team mates who then register within your account, and pay their own fees.

Joining an existing team
• Your captain has already set up the team and they're about to join it.
• You will need the team captain's name, along with the team name.
• You then sign up online selecting team registration, and then enter in the team captains name and team name when asked.

 

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CHARITY & FUNDRAISING

Once signed up, how do I start my fundraising and set up my fundraising page?
Once you have signed up to the runs/walks and chosen your charity, you can set up your online fundraising page by logging on to Just Giving www.justgiving.com. Once you have set this up you can start sending out the online link to all your friends and family to start collecting donations! Your charity will also send you a welcome pack which will give you advice and support on how to go about your fundraising plans.

What happens if I fail to raise the minimum sponsorship amount?
The Christmas Charity Festival is a fundraising event for charity - and therefore by signing up you are committing to fundraise the minimum sponsorship for your chosen charity
Failure to meet the initial target could result in you being unable to take part in the walk. However this is down to the discretion of the charity and will be decided on a case by case basis. In 2014 the average fundraising total reached by our runners/walkers was £75 - often once you get the ball rolling you will see the collections and sponsorship flood in!

Who should I speak to regarding fundraising issues and my sponsorship pack?
Once you have signed up to the runs/walks we will send out a fundraising pack - if you still haven't received within two weeks of registering then please contact your charity.

I would like to fundraise for a charity who aren't on the list or website?
If you'd like to fundraise for a charity who aren't listed on the website, you can still sign up to our events by selecting "A Charity Not Listed" - we will then contact that charity just to confirm they are happy for you to fundraise on their behalf!

Can I fundraise for more than one charity?
Yes, but you must choose your lead charity on the website and then inform the 2nd charity with your intentions

As a team can we pool our fundraising?
Yes - as long as you are all fundraising for the same charity - you can create a team fundraising page on Just Giving - we also recommend that you let your charity know this is how you will be fundraising.

 

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