Edinburgh’s best running event is back for 2015, with runners from across the world planning to take on its scenic seaside route. Whether you’re a runner or a spectator, here’s everything you need to know about EMF 2015.
Since it began in 2003, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival has grown to become one of Scotland’s premier running events. Its relatively flat route is considered by many to be the fastest marathon course in the UK – ideal if you’re hoping to secure a new personal best.
In addition to the marathon itself, the annual event includes a half marathon, the Hairy Haggis Team Relay, a 10k, a 5k and Junior Race.
The 2015 Edinburgh Marathon Festival will take place on the UK spring bank holiday weekend, Saturday the 30th and Sunday the 31st of May. The specific date/time for each event are as follows:
Full Marathon: 9:50am, Sunday 31st May
Half Marathon: 8:00am, Sunday 31st May
Harry Haggis Relay: 10:00am, Sunday 31st May
10k: 9:00am, Saturday 30th May
5k: 11:00am, Saturday 30th May
Junior Races: 3k, 12:30pm Saturday 30th May | 1.5k, 1:30pm Saturday 30th May
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival races are open to all runners – no qualification is required. However, spaces do fill up quickly. Visit the EMF website to register your place in one or more of the events.
Getting to the start line:
Full Marathon – There are two start lines for the full marathon: London Road and Regent Road. In the lead up to the event, the EMF organisers will provide you with race instructions that say which start line you should go to.
Half Marathon – The half marathon starts on Regent Road.
To get to London Road, travel east to the end of Princes Street, take a left onto Leith Street, continue down the hill and past the Edinburgh Playhouse on Leith Walk and then take a right at the roundabout onto London Road.
To get to Regent Road, simply travel east on Princes Street, continue straight onto Waterloo Place and then straight onto Regent Road.
The 2015 Edinburgh Marathon course takes you through the south-east corner of the city, out along the sea on the Portobello boardwalk and into the city of Musselburgh (half marathon stops here). It continues through East Lothian, past the towns of Prestonpans and Longniddry, before turning back at mile 18 and finishing in Musselburgh.
Click here to view the course map.
The finish line for the half marathon and the full marathon is the same.
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Running image by Danielle Walquist Lynch via Flickr