Fun Run when staying in Edinburgh – Is there such a thing?

Some people think that putting the words ‘Fun’ and ‘Run’ together is a complete contradiction but whatever your views on the matter how about running off some of that excess body armour you put on over the Christmas period!

We all over indulge over Christmas – whoever tells you different is lying I would imagine – and we all come up with our New Year’s resolutions that tend to fall by the wayside about halfway through January – I know I’ve been making the same ones for years now! Must stop smoking, cut down on drinking, do more exercise, eat healthier, etc, etc, etc.

Well I have the perfect solution to chalk a few of these off the board even before the middle of January – where our will power usually starts to strain! The Annual Bupa Great Winter Run in Edinburgh. It is an annual Fun Run of 5km through Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park and can be entered by anyone for any reason.

You can do it for Fun (again not everyone will agree on this), for charity, to shed some of that excess, as your new year’s resolution or for whatever reason you want. The event starts at 12.00pm on Saturday 9th January and only costs £19 per entry.

Thousands of people enter every year and the event is professionally run and can cater to everyone’s needs. They even have a shorter race of 2.5km for those budding athletes aged 7-14 years old.

For your £19 fee you will receive a chip timing device which will record the exact time of completion of the 5km race – so no making up times to show off to your friends. You will also receive waiting for you after you’ve crossed the finish line there’ll be a quality event t-shirt, souvenir finisher’s medal, a bottle of Aqua-Pura water all included in your finisher’s pack.

You will also be able to see your name and time in the Edinburgh Evening News supplement on Monday 11th January – Proof to all of your friends and family that not only did you take part in the race but that you did finish it in a good time (I have faith in all of you).

Ok so now I’ve talked you into taking part in the race all that’s left is to recommend where to stay during your visit to Edinburgh. Well for those of you who haven’t tried/stayed in a serviced apartment before as opposed to a hotel you may not be aware that there are hundreds of these apartments throughout the city of Edinburgh.

The apartments offer the same comfort as you would expect at home – as well as many of the apartments having that all important bath for you to soak your aching bones after the race. They are located throughout the city centre and outskirts and can cater for all tastes and budgets.

Lastly I hope you all enter and enjoy yourself and remember it’s not about how fast you complete the course it’s all about having fun!