Top Fitness Challenges in Edinburgh for 2016

15 January 2016

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We're well into the New Year now, and chances are a lot of you are looking to get on top of your fitness goals for 2016. However, if you haven’t had the motivation to work out in the cold and dark over recent months, don’t sweat it. Now is the perfect time to rise from your hibernation and train for one of Edinburgh's walks or runs. Putting a race on your calendar is excellent motivation to kick-start a running routine and you can also help out a good cause while you're at it. So, lace up those running shoes and get ready to feel the burn!  

Gather up a team for the Edinburgh Marathon

Edinburgh Marathon

Join in with Scotland's most popular marathon which attracts over 8,000 participants. The run starts at London Road and finishes at Regent Road Edinburgh on the 29th May 2016. With 7 races on offer over two days including the marathon, half marathon, team relay, 10k, 5k and junior races, there really is a distance that will suit everyone!

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Grab your pink bra and join the Moon Walk

Moonwalk Ladies Pink Bra

With shimmering pink bras, ­T-shirts and baseball caps, thousands of women and friends from far and wide are can join in with the MoonWalk Scotland 2016, which will see them parade through the night raising money to fight breast cancer. The event begins at Midnight on the 11th June 2016 starting at Holyrood Park and will pass landmarks including Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat, as well as along the Royal Mile and the shoreline at Silverknowes and Portobello. Walkers can choose from a range of distances to suit their fitness levels – the New Moon Walk at 6.55 miles, the Half Moon covering 13.1 miles, the Full Moon at 26.2 miles, up to the Over the Moon at 52.4 miles.

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Take a climb at The Push

Pentland Push

The Push is a challenging course through the Pentland Hills, with the event this year taking place on the 10th September 2016. The charity organised event by St. Columba's Hospice in Edinburgh offers a tough but rewarding challenge in the Scottish countryside with three lengths to choose from - bronze  - 14miles; silver – 20 miles; and gold – 26.2 miles. Participants can take a pick of either walking or running through the route. So come along and push yourself to the limit to show how much you care for the charity and your fitness levels!

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Read about the five things you need to know about The Push >

Don your Kilt for the Kilt Walk 

Kilt Walk Edinburgh Participants

Taking place on the 18th September and now in its fourth year, around 2000 walkers are set to pound the streets of Edinburgh as part of the annual Kilt Walk to raise money for children's charities. The 26-mile trek, which starts and finishes at Murrayfield Stadium, takes in some of the city’s best views and historical sites along Silverknowes Esplanade, Portobello Esplanade and Holyrood ParkFundraisers are able to choose their own charity to walk for, or can simply take part for one of the Kiltwalk's charity partners. If you are a keen stroller there are many entry types of walks to choose from, all the way from the 6 mile wee wander right up to the whole 26 mile trek.

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Want even more fitness motivation? Check out our Top 5 Running Routes in Edinburgh >