Birsay Community Hall
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The St Magnus Marathon is the most northerly event of its kind in the UK.
Launched in 2016, the marathon has become a real fixture for runners from Orkney and all over the world.
The marathon is organised by the Birsay Community Association and the route replicates that of the followers of Orkney's patron saint, Magnus, after his martyrdom more than 900 years ago. Starting in front of Kirkwall's iconic St Magnus Cathedral, the course continues its way around the north-west corner of the mainland towards Birsay, culminating near the community hall.
It's a beautiful route, with stunning coastal scenery and challenging gradient changes. There is also a 10k route, around the Loch of Boardhouse on a wonderfully scenic, and flat, road run, as well as a 5k run that's perfect for young folk and their families.