Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2019
Start Date: 25th May 2019
End Date: 26th May 2019
Street Address: Potterrow
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