Edinburgh Winter Warmer

Sunday 2 November 2014

Runners at Edinburgh Winter warmer

Update: Online registration has now closed but you can still sign up on the day.

The marshalls on route were AMAZING and clapped and cheered me on.

Join our fight for every heartbeat this winter. Run, jog or walk a warming 5k or a challenging 10k around Arthur’s Seat. Beat the winter blues and enjoy the stunning scenery of Edinburgh's Holyrood Park.

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Edinburgh Winter Warmer event information

The 10k run starts from the playing fields at Holyrood Park on Queen's Drive at 11am. The 5k route option starts from the same place at 11.15am, with the event finishing around 1pm.

The 5k route does one lap of the course while the 10k loop goes round a second time. Please note each loop is slightly longer that 5k.

Offering a great atmosphere and amazing scenery, we invite everyone to join us in November 2014 and help us in the fight against heart disease.

To get event updates, as well as useful training, fundraising information and to chat to other participants join our Edinburgh Winter Warmer Facebook page

Registration and fees for 2014

Online registration for this event has now closed but you will stilll be able to register on the day at the registration tent.

Entry fees Adult Child
On the day entry £20 £5

Note that children under 16 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult to take part.

Your entry fee covers the cost of running the event; it’s your sponsorship money that will help save lives.  

Take part as a team

On the day registration - Each team member can register and pay individually on the day, making sure to record the Team name and Team leader's name where requested.

Pay for your whole team - Each team member will need to fill in their own entry form (pdf) and you can pay for the whole team using cash or card. 

Your Edinburgh Winter Warmer entry includes

  • A medal for all finishers
  • Medical support
  • Full route signage
  • Extensive training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • A welcome pack containing your sponsorship form which will be sent to you before the event.
  • Water available en route and at the start and finish
  • Thank you certificate

Location, transport and parking

Start/Finish location: The playing fields on Queens Drive, Holyrood Park, to the rear of Holyrood Palace.

There is very little parking available in Holyrood Park and road through the park will be closed so we encourage participants to use public transport where possible.

The car parks on Dukes Walk and at the back of Holyrood Palace will be open but will fill up very quickly.Paid for parking is available in the public car park at Dynamic Earth or free parking is available in the Meadowbank area and on London Road, but it means a 10 minute walk to the start line so please plan accordingly.

On the day

As long as you have your participant number, you don't need to register when you arrive, but thre will be an information point if you need any help.

Water will be available at the start/finish line and along the route. Snacks, hot/cold drinks will be available for purchase from the coffee hut and there are also plenty of cafes and pubs nearby on the Royal Mile. Portaloos will be available in the Hollyrood Park car park.

Event date Sunday 2 November 2014
Registration open 9:00am - 10:45am
10k Warm-up 10:50am
5k Warm-up 11:10am
10k Run Starts 11:00am
5k Run Starts 11:15am
Event finishes 1:00pm


Fundraising funds research that saves lives. In 1961 the number of children born with a heart defect who survived to their first birthday was around only 20 per cent. Today that figure is 80 per cent, thanks to procedures such as valve replacement that help them lead improved lives.

For all our success, there's a lot still to be done. Coronary heart disease is still the UK's single biggest killer. Surgery techniques can still be improved. And there are exciting developments in genetics and stem cell technology.

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event; so join the fight for every heartbeat by raising funds. Your fundraising will help us continue funding research to ensure hearts keep beating.

Where your money goes

Visit our fundraising section for some great tips

Equipment and what to wear

We recommend that you wear clothes and footwear appropriate for running. This is particularly important if you would like to try the 10k. For advice see our running kit list.


For expert tips, training schedules and advice, visit the training zone. Remember the golden rules of exercise: start gently, build up gradually and do it regularly. Make sure you set achievable goals, which help you to monitor your fitness and boost your confidence when you achieve them. Always wear appropriate gear, and if you have any medical condition or health concerns that may affect you on the day, speak to your doctor about it prior to the event.

Keeping you safe

The event will be signed and marshals will be present at key points along the route. First aid will be based at the start/finish line with full access to the route as required.

The emergency event contact number is 07763 526 936. Please add this number to your phone to call in case of an incident during the event.

Spectators, pets and volunteers

Friends and family are very welcome to come along for encouragement. Dogs, on tight leads, are also welcome as part of the cheering squad or why not bring them along for the challenge!

We need volunteers for this event, so please register with us if you'd like to help.

Contact us

For general event enquiries, please check the frequently asked questions section. If you have any further questions, please call the events team Mon – Fri, 9am - 5pm on 0845 130 8663 or email events@bhf.org.uk.

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