Introducing Edinburgh 24, a 24-hour loop race situated in the iconic Royal Holyrood Park. Over a 24-hour period, challengers will complete as many laps of the looped route as physically possible. Spiralling below the rocky summit of Arthur’s Seat, the course offers a varied elevation profile guaranteed to keep runners on their toes. The nine categories provide something suitable for all abilities. Choose to enter the full 24-hour race, the 12-hour version, or the 6-hour version. Participants can enter as an individual, pair or team – the latter two involve tapping in team mates, allowing for some down time in-between running stints. As you run through the oasis of parkland in the City Centre, you will catch spectacular glimpses of Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and Old Town, as well as the distant Pentland Hills and Firth of Forth at different hours of the day. At the core of the route will be the round-the-clock Edinburgh 24 event village, where refreshments will be available and spectator support will be warmly encouraged!
The 24-Hour Event
The 12-Hour Event
The 6-Hour Event
The event will start on Saturday 14th July, and finish 24-hours later on Sunday 15th July 2018.
The event will take place in the Royal Holyrood Park, situated in the heart of Edinburgh city centre. The event village will be located on the playing fields beside Holyrood Palace, just off Queen’s Drive.
Registration for the race will take place in the event village located on the playing fields beside Holyrood Palace, just off Queen’s Drive.
The event will start at 9am for the 24 HR and 12 HR races, and finish either 12 or 24 hours later, depending which race duration you enter. The 6 HR version will start at 12pm and finish at 6pm.
Parking will be available for participants entering the full 24-hour race only (see FAQ 3 for details). Your vehicle may be used as your ‘base camp’ (see FAQ 19 for details). Edinburgh offers excellent public transport, with Edinburgh Waverley Train Station just a 10 minute walk to the event village, as well as great bus links (visit Lothian Buses website).
At the base of the looped route with be a vibrant event village, offering refreshments, catering vans, water stations, a bag-drop system and more (see FAQ 19 for more details). We encourage spectators to come along and support the event, although support teams will not be permitted as this is an unsupported event.
Just over 5K (3 miles) largely road route with a challenging elevation profile spiralling below Arthur’s Seat.
Everyone loves a goody bag and we’re no different. Medal, t-shirt & a selection of other nice stuff.
All runners will be sent a race pack approximately 4 weeks prior to the event. You must read all of the up-to-date information provided.
Your presence during the race briefing is essential for your safety and enjoyment, and is therefore mandatory. The 24-hour and 12-hour race briefing will take place at 8:15am, the 6-hour race briefing will take place at 11:15am (45 minutes prior to start times).
Race numbers are to be collected on the morning of the event. Details will be sent out with your race pack in the lead up to the event.
A mobile phone (to call the Race Director in case of emergency), a foil blanket, a waterproof skin. 24-HR runners must bring a head-torch for the hours of darkness.
We are very lucky to have been granted permission to run an event in the Royal Holyrood Park in Edinburgh’s city centre. Please limit noise levels between the hours of 11pm and 7am to abide by the law and respect local residents.
Don't be a Litter Bug
Breaking Strain Events operate a “take only photographs, leave only footprints” policy. Please use the bins provided and do not leave any traces of litter behind.
Runners are not permitted to run with dogs, please leave your furry friends at home.
Pacers and support crews are not permitted. This is an unsupported endurance challenge.
We understanding that you may need some tunes for motivation, and you are welcome to use headphones. However, please be aware of other runners and marshals who may be trying to pass you by or communicate with you. Our advice, one earphone is better than none!
Our team of staff and volunteers are here for your safety and enjoyment, please obey their instructions. Under any circumstance, the decision of the Race Director regarding the race, results or the safety of any runner is final.
Volunteer For Us
Volunteer on Saturday or Sunday and we’ll give you free entry to another Breaking Strain Events’ race. As a thank you, we’ll also give you a crew garment, a goody bag, tea or coffees and a meal. Limited places available.
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