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Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Quick facts

Location Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Distance Marathon

Date 23 May 2020

About Edinburgh Marathon Festival

The Edinburgh Marathon is Scotland’s most popular marathon. It began in 2003 and has continually grown in popularity and stature, having just received a 97% satisfaction rating in a recent Runner’s World poll. In numbers, the Edinburgh Marathon is second only to the London Marathon in the UK, with over 16,000 runners taking part. There is also the option of entering relay teams of 4 runners, each running 6.5 miles.

The route has changed over the last few years. Early comments aboout the hill have been accommodated, leading to what is now one of the flattest marathon courses, making the Edinburgh Marathon an excellent race for obtaining a personal best. It also boasts some great sites along the way.Since 2007, the Edinburgh Marathon has featured a fast and flat course called the fastest Marathon route in the UK, as the former course had become infamous for its hilly appearance. The start is placed on a fairly high level, and the course has an overall elevation drop of 50 meters. The route is thus both flat and nice and scenic, and it manages to attract both elite runners and runners with less ambitious goals than winning. Another move made to appeal to top runners is the chance for a free entry if you can run a marathon below 2:40

Distances

Edinburgh Marathon

  • 42.195km

EMF 5 km

  • 5km

EMF 10 km

  • 10km

EMF Half Marathon

  • 21.097km

Practicalities

Age Limit

18 years or over.

Aid Stations

There are hydration stations for the 10K, half marathon and full marathon distances. Runners in all races will be given water when they finish. Hydration Stations will be positioned approximately every 5kms along the course where Strathmore Spring Water will be available (330ml bottles). EnergyGels will be provided on both the half & full marathon routes courtesy of High5 Sports Nutrition.

Equipment Storage

Runners will be able to drop their baggage off at the baggage trucks at the start area and these will be transported to the finish area for you to pick up after you have finished your race.

Maximum Time

Yes, the events operate a strict maximum cut off time of 6 hours 30 minutes for the full marathon and 3 hours 15 minutes for the half marathon. The events are serious athletics endurance races which require a large amount of appropriate training and preparation in order to complete safely. Therefore we strongly discourage participants who do not intend to complete the course within these time limits.

Timing

Timings for all races will be recorded using a chip timing system - your timing chip will be embedded into your running number. Top 3 trophy positions are awarded based on gun times.

Edinburgh Marathon Festival Route Map

Edinburgh Marathon Festival Route Map

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Start:

Regend Road or London Road

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Finish:

Musselburgh

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Difficulty

flat

Highlights

Enjoy a fantastic all-encompassing route which takes in some of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks as well as offering picturesque views along the East Lothian coastline.
  • Park
  • Cockenzie & Port Seton Village
  • Gosford House
  • Musselburgh Racecourse

Overview

The Edinburgh Marathon starts in London and Regent Road before passing by the historic Holyrood Palace, home to Scottish kings and queens. It then runs through Holyrood Park in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano. It races by Meadowbank Sports Stadium, scene of former Commonwealth Games glory for runners such as Liz McColgan. It then turns north, along Lochend Road and Leith Links before reaching Portobello Promenade for some bracing seaside air. 

The route then stretches along Musselburgh Road before reaching Musselburgh Racecourse then on to Prestonpans, passing Cockenzie and Port Seton. It then races on to picturesque East Lothian, along Scotland’s golf coast which boasts 22 courses including some of the world’s oldest and most admired like North Berwick, Gullane and Muirfield. The route reaches the village of Longniddry before reaching Gosford House, looping around and heading back past Musselburgh Links, the famous golf course officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest golf coure in the world. The marathon finishes in playing fields at Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School.

The Edinburgh Half Marathon starts in London and Regent Road before passing by the historic Holyrood Palace, which has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century. Opposite the palace you will see the Scottish Parliament Building at Holyrood within the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Central Edinburgh. It then runs through Holyrood Park in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano. It races by Meadowbank Sports Stadium, scene of former Commonwealth Games in 1970 & 1986 and glory for runners such as Lachie Stewart and Liz McColgan. It then turns north, along Lochend Road and Leith Links before reaching Portobello Promenade for some cooling seaside air where runners can enjoy spectacular views of East Lothian and across the to the Kingdom of Fife. 

The route then stretches along Musselburgh Road before reaching Musselburgh Racecourse. It goes a couple of miles further up Ravenheugh Road beyond the Prestongrange Mining Museum before looping around and heading back past Musselburgh Links, the famous golf course officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest golf course in the world. The half marathon finishes in playing fields at Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School.


Edinburgh Marathon Festival Trivia

This course was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World in 2008.

The first marathon event in Edinburgh was in 1982 and since 2003 the Edinburgh Marathon Festival has been held each year, usually in May.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.