• Posted:Wednesday, October 14, 2009
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For those in Edinburgh hostels a Great Run could be fun
There's nothing like giving a little back to the community in which you are staying while on cheap travel holidays and backpackers renting accommodation in Edinburgh hostels might be taken with the idea of joining in with the Bupa Great Winter Run, being held on January 9th in Holyrood Park, as each year over £8 million is raised for charity.

Open to those aged over 14 years, the five kilometre run takes participants around the perimeter of the park, finishing by Dumbledykes Road. According to the website, anyone who has not yet seen the beautiful Scottish countryside will be afforded "spectacular views from Arthur's Seat", so for travellers keen on simultaneously being a philanthropist while getting to know a bit about Edinburgh, the Great Winter Run could be the perfect activity.

Parents visiting the city with children in tow who are under the qualifying age need not worry about leaving their little ones waiting at the finish line, as the Bupa Junior Great Winter Run is also taking place concurrently. Covering approximately half the distance, those aged between seven and 13 can stretch their legs as well.

Another perk of pounding the pavement is all the people - from many varied walks of life - that you'll get to meet while on the Holyrood circuit. It's possible that you may also bump into one or two celebrity runners, as people such as Paula Radcliffe, Craig Mottram and Tirunesh Dibaba have all found their way to Edinburgh to take part in the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country event in recent years, which is widely acknowledged to be the best yearly cross country run in the world.

Braver backpackers might like to head to Montserrat in December for its half-marathon and fun run around a volcano.

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