Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2021
Start Date: 29th May 2021
End Date: 30th May 2021
Street Address: Potterrow
Postcode: EH8 9AL
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival is a fantastic running event with a friendly and celebratory atmosphere which is very well supported in Edinburgh and East Lothian. Fast and flat, this course was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World, ideal if it’s your first marathon or if you are looking for a personal best. The Edinburgh Marathon Festival has sold out every year since 2008 and is the second largest marathon event in the UK, behind only London.
The festival takes place over the weekend of 29 and 30 May 2021. The 5K and 10K events are held on Saturday 29th May, with the Edinburgh Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay held on Sunday 30th. We have free charity places available for runners running in aid of Prostate Scotland in all events.
The sponsorship you raise
…will help us to take forward our work to ensure that even more men and their families can benefit from and receive information and support on prostate issues. You can read more about our work here.
The Edinburgh Marathon route begins in the heart of the Old Town
…where runners from all over the world can run past many of the famous city landmarks. Starting from Potterrow in the grounds of Edinburgh University, you’ll be 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 into East Lothian
…along Musselburgh Road before reaching Musselburgh Racecourse then on to Prestonpans, passing Cockenzie and Port Seton. It then races on 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 looping around Gosford House, 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. This is where you’ll get a chance to rest and recuperate while taking in more of the friendly, celebratory atmosphere.
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
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival will provide to you:
- Wicking finisher’s t-shirt
- Accurate chip timing
- Tailored training plan
- Great finisher’s medal
- Race recovery pack
- And a fantastic running experience!