Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2019

Event details

Start Date: 25th May 2019

End Date: 26th May 2019

Street Address: Potterrow

City: Edinburgh

Country: Scotland

Price: from £17.55 for 5K place to £57.70 for a full marathon place; £123.60 for relay team

Age: 18 years or over

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival takes place over the weekend of 25/26 May 2019.  The 5K and 10K events are held on Saturday 25th May, with the Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay held on Sunday 26th. We have places available for runners running in aid of Prostate Scotland in all events.

2018 marked an exciting change to the beginning of the marathon route, to make it possible for runners from all over the world to take in many more of the famous city landmarks, starting from Potterrow in the grounds of Edinburgh University, winding your way past Greyfriars Bobby and the National Museum of Scotland in the Old Town.  You’ll pass the High Street, and with Edinburgh Castle behind you, you’ll head down The Mound by the Scottish National Gallery, and into Princes Street Gardens.  Next you’ll see the Scott Monument, and you’ll join the Royal Mile before passing by the modern Scottish Parliament building and the historic Holyrood Palace opposite, home to Scottish kings and queens. The route 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, through Craigentinny, 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 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 course in the world. The marathon finishes in playing fields at Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School.

Fast and flat, this course was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World, ideal if it’s your first marathon or you are looking for a personal best. The Edinburgh Marathon has sold out every year since 2008 and is the second largest marathon in the UK, behind only London.

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival was founded by Geoff Sims and the first year’s event on 15 June 2003, attracted just 3,000 participants. The course started at Meadowbank Stadium, taking in Princes Street, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Yacht Britannia.  Frank McGowan from Glasgow won the men’s race in 2.35 with the slowest man Lloyd Stott taking more than six days to complete the race wearing a deep sea diving suit weighing more than 100 pounds.

As a supporter undertaking any event in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in aid of Prostate Scotland you will receive:

  • Pre-race information about how to get sponsorship and fundraise and how to make it easy, safe and fun!
  • Training tips and information from those who have previously run, including from an international marathon coach
  • Specially designed Prostate Scotland T or running shirts or vests
  • A Prostate Scotland water bottle which we automatically send out to registered runners
  • Post-race a Prostate Scotland Certificate of Appreciation

I would like to register for a free place in this event

  • Personal details:
  • Please select the type of clothing you would like us to send you:
  • Please select your size of clothing:
    I declare I will be 18 years or over on the day of the event. I accept that Prostate Scotland will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, costs, expenses, which may arise in consequence of my organisation of and participation in the events and that the event is not the responsibility of Prostate Scotland and will ensure that it is not described as on behalf of the charity. I shall do nothing that brings the name of Prostate Scotland into disrepute and not make any public statements on behalf of the charity. Any reference that I make to Prostate Scotland will ensure that I state that I am raising funds in aid of Prostate Scotland. I undertake not to collect funds in the street in aid of Prostate Scotland without obtaining a local authority licence. I also hereby give Prostate Scotland my permission to use my name and photographic likeness for promotional purposes for the charity. If I am cycling in aid of Prostate Scotland I understand that Prostate Scotland expects me to wear a helmet for my own health and safety

Registration form

If you already have a place in this event and would like to take part in aid of Prostate Scotland, please fill out the form below.
  • Please select the type of clothing you would like us to send you:
  • Please select your size of clothing:
    Prostate Scotland does not share its supporters data with third parties or inundate them with fundraising requests. Selecting YES now will assist us to address prostate disease issues now and in the future
    I declare I will be 18 years or over on the day of the event. I accept that Prostate Scotland will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, costs, expenses, which may arise in consequence of my organisation of and participation in the events and that the event is not the responsibility of Prostate Scotland and will ensure that it is not described as on behalf of the charity. I shall do nothing that brings the name of Prostate Scotland into disrepute and not make any public statements on behalf of the charity. Any reference that I make to Prostate Scotland will ensure that I state that I am raising funds in aid of Prostate Scotland. I undertake not to collect funds in the street in aid of Prostate Scotland without obtaining a local authority licence. I also hereby give Prostate Scotland my permission to use my name and photographic likeness for promotional purposes for the charity. If I am cycling in aid of Prostate Scotland I understand that Prostate Scotland expects me to wear a helmet for my own health and safety.