How to enter the Edinburgh Marathon Festival
- Run 26.2mi
- Run 13.1mi
- Run 10km
- Run 5km
- Run 42.2km
Edinburgh Marathon Festival routes
Take part in Scotland's largest running festival, made up of a variety of race distances.
Once voted as the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World, this course is ideal for those seeking a PB and for those making their marathon debut.
The race kicks off in central Edinburgh, within the grounds of the sixth-oldest English-speaking University. From here, runners will speed through the heart of this ancient city, passing by notable landmarks such as Greyfriars Bobby, the Mound and the iconic Edinburgh Castle.
From here you will make your way out of the city passed Arthur Seat and toward Musselburgh - passing by the Oldest Golf Course in the World which dates back to 1672.
This is a quick, picturesque marathon and not one to be missed.
The Edinburgh Half follows a similar course to the marathon itself, starting in the historic centre of Edinburgh before making its way out toward the largest East Lothian Settlement, Musselburgh.
Ideal for those new to distance-running and wanting to get into the atmosphere of the weekend.
Four runners, 26.2 miles, one leg each. The relay is perfect for teams looking to get involved with the running festival. Details of each leg can be found below:
Leg 1: The Royal Leg – 8.3 miles: This is the longest and, undoubtedly, the most historic section of the marathon. Runners will have the opportunity to take in the centre of Edinburgh and all of its iconic sites, before heading out the city past Arthur Seat.
Leg 2: The Cock & Pan Leg – 5.5 miles: This section will take you across the River Esk and into East Lothian. Passing by Musselburgh's famous race-course, home to the world's oldest golf course.
Leg 3: The Gosford Leg – 8 miles: The penultimate leg takes you through Scotland's golfing coast and is the jewel in the crown of East Lothian. Passing by Longniddry and into Gosford House, this is a truly scenic route.
Leg 4: The Glory Leg – 4.4 miles: The home straight. The final runner will loop back passed Post Seton and toward Musselburgh, before entering Pinkie Playing Fields and over the finish line.
This is a looped course which starts and finishes at Dynamic Earth, the EMF hub. Throughout, runners will experience spectacular views of Edinburgh castle. The course takes athletes passed the Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace before heading toward the prominent Arthur Seat.
For the final 5KM the course doubles back and along the Innocent Railway Road and back toward Holyrood and the finish area.
Once again, this is a looped course which experiences many of the same sites as the 10KM race. This course will loop right around Arthur Seat, passed Dunsapie Loch before hitting epic views of the Pentland Hills. This is the same route for the Junior 5KM.
Frequently Asked Questions
Edinburgh Marathon Festival weather forecast
Possible light rain in the morning.
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