Edinburgh Marathon Festival - Marathon & Half Marathon
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Not just a race, but an entire running festival. From the 5k to the marathon there is something for everyone, and this has been voted as the fastest marathon route in the UK. Come for a course that is ripe for smashing those PBs and bask in the weekend's festival atmosphere.
Half Marathon, 4 Person Marathon Relay, and Marathon
Sun, 29 May 2022
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Where and when
Potterrow, Edinburgh, UK
Sun, 29 May 2022
Half Marathon:8:00am |
4 Person Marathon Relay:10:00am
How to get there
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Never been to Scotland before & chose the Half Marathon as a great excuse to visit, we all had a great time away, such a historic place. The run was really nice the rain did not detract from the fun of the at all. We booked a fabulous apartment in the city & camt wait to return next year.
5.0Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Very well organised with all the information sent to me good time in a readable format. On the day the volunteers and staff were great and i knew where I needed to be for when. The route itself was ok, didn’t really see many landmarks but the atmosphere was brilliant and the reception at the finish spot on
4.3Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Despite the heavy showers in the morning, the weather cleared up nicely just in time for the start of the marathon. The first 5 miles through the city are gradually downhill, followed by an out-and-back section along the East Lothian coast. Lots of supporters lining the route in and around the towns, but out towards the turnaround point the atmosphere was a bit flat. Good organisation, the only minor complaint being that the shuttle buses picked up about 30 mins walk from the finish 😫
4.3Did the Marathon in 2019
The course starts in the heart of Edinburgh city centre and starts downhill through the streets before heading towards Arthur's seat, around this part is very congested and very tight as there are runners coming towards you on the other side of the road, once through you make your way out of Edinburgh, through Portobello towards Musselburgh and given the weather this year I was very surprised to see so many people out on the course cheering you on.Once in Musselburgh you run alongside the track that you will be finishing in about 16 miles, the support around here is as expected amazing as this is also where the half marathon comes through earlier in the day to finish. Heading out you go through Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton before heading out on a very long loop with very little support aside from your legs, it's this loop that can get to a lot of people, especially as you make the return and know how far it is to get back to the finish line that you passed at what seems like an eternity ago. As you get to the Haven holiday village you know that the support will be coming back to you but if you've made the mistake of walking because the support wasn't there earlier (like I did in 2018) it's very difficult to get back into a rhythm. You head back for the final 7 miles with a potential of strong headwinds, this year (2019) we had standard winds of 14mph with gusts of up 35mph to face us on the final leg of the journey. The last 3 miles are brilliant though as you remember that you only have one more water station to get you through, after that the support hits you as a thunderous applause greets you on the final part of the track, don't get carried away though, you still have a whole mile left as you run alongside the Musselburgh racecourse. Crowds line both sides of the street and you know you are getting close, you have one corner left and there it is, that large blue entrance to the runners village.The weather this year was a little bit of an odd one as the rain came down hard whilst we waited for the gun, the rain soon stopped and then it was very warm and as mentioned earlier the winds were very difficult to negotiate. The overall organisation of the event was top draw, bag dropped in seconds and collected in seconds. I have ran this marathon 3 years in a row and would highly recommend it to anyone, even if support is your thing this is definitely a bucket list marathon
3.3Did the Marathon in 2019
I'm not usually a fan of courses that have U-Turns but I really enjoyed this course. You see the best of the city centre before heading out along the coastline....some great scenery and quaint little towns. You felt like you had some space running too, rather than packed so tightly you had to watch your footing! Given it heads out of the city, it's not like London Marathon with crowds cheering you the entire way, but this said, spectators at the various little villages were a great boost. Could improve organisation on some fronts - didn't get race pack in post so had to collect the day before (no stress though). It's not the best course for spectators as the finish is pretty far from the city centre. They don't have a tracking app in place for runners which was a shame too. But all in all, a really great event with some beautiful scenery along the way!
4.0Did the Marathon in 2019
Despite what people had previously told me, I thought this course was so great. You start in town and then head down to the sea and run along the coast for the majority of the run. It does mean there aren’t many spectators along the route, but when we did pass through towns the atmosphere was amazing. Only downside to the organisation is that there’s no live athlete tracker!! Would 100% recommend though.
4.0Did the Marathon in 2019
Well organised as usual at start and finish but new route was too narrow in many places for number of runners. I’m sure will this have affected times. First mile especially slow because of snarl up at Princes Street Gardens. Thanks to the householders at Joppa and Musselburgh for music that raised spirits. Thanks also to all volunteers who smiled throughout. The EMF buses mostly empty. This needs to be addressed. Too dear? Not going near enough to finish (stop at normal bus stops instead of Wallyford Park and Ride)? Overall a great event.
4.7Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This was my second marathon of the year after London in April. The level of organisation was second to none. Event helpers were everywhere at the start, so finding toilets, baggage drop off and the start line was a doddle. The finish was equally well put together. It is clear a lot of thought has gone into how runners meet family at the end and the park at the end in Musselburgh is big enough to accommodate loads of finishers and their family. The atmosphere was great, obviously there are quiet patches but the views and coastal route was superb with the extra treat of a Gosford Park loop before heading back. My only gripe is the difficulty of parking at the end for family. I understand it’s busy, but it was a real challenge for family to get to me. Buses are put on for Edinburgh transfers but the fact it finishes well outside means some challenge in getting about for family. Other than that it was brilliant and the route is one to savour.
4.7Did the Marathon in 2019
What a cracking day out! Great course, fab city. Stayed up there for the weekend and would certainly do it again.
5.0Did the Marathon in 2018
Some people may say “Edinburgh, whyyyyy?!” Well, here’s why... A really well organised marathon. You start by the castle and running down is pretty special and very well supported (feat bagpipes of course). You do then run for quite a long time along the coast, which is quite sparsely supported at times. It’s renowned as being a quick marathon so if you’re doing it for a time rather than overall atmosphere, this is less of an issue. Also worth being aware that you finish a fair way outside Edinburgh itself but a great set up at the end with music, food etc. Overall, very well organised, good time of year, crucially NOT hilly, great excuse to visit Edinburgh.
4.0Did the Marathon in 2018