St Magnus Marathon & 10k

2 Jul 2017 10:00am - 2:00pm

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall

The Birsay Community Association welcomes you to the St. Magnus Marathon.

To be held on Sunday 2nd July, 2017, starting at 10:00am from Kirkwall’s St. Magnus Cathedral, the marathon route follows that associated with the journey undertaken by his followers after the martyrdom of the Viking Earl Magnus to the ancient Christ’s Kirk in Birsay, finishing at the nearby Birsay Community Hall. This year we will be commemorating the 900th anniversary of the death of the sainted martyr, and intend this to again be one of the most friendly, beautiful, and outstanding events of the calendar, to reflect and celebrate this historically significant anniversary.

Starting from the front of Kirkwall’s historic Cathedral the marathon route proceeds into the beautiful north-west corner of the mainland, Orkney’s “Hidden Treasure” of Birsay. It will provide great photo opportunities at various points on the route; the UK’s most northerly, it is also one of the most rewarding distance runs, through wonderful coastal scenery, with challenging gradient changes in the early stages and gentle gradients latterly. A map of the route can be found at

Such was the success of last year’s meeting, and in response to the many requests received, the organisers welcome entries for the new St. Magnus 10K, taking the circular route from the Birsay Community Hall round the Loch of Boardhouse, a wonderfully scenic, and flat, road run.

See the website for more information and how to register to take part in this event.

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