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

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.

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

Organisers welcome entries for the 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.