EMF Half Marathon

half marathon

Entries for the 2016 Half Marathon are OPEN.

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Date: Sunday 29th May 2016.

Start Time: 8.00am at London Road & 8.05am at Regent Road, Edinburgh.

Price: There are various entry options, please click here to be taken to them. Entries may close early if the race reaches entry capacity. 

Route: Flat & fast. The EMF Half course follows the Edinburgh Marathon route which was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World in 2008. Great if it's your first half marathon or if you are looking for a PB!  Runners must be a minimum of 17 years on race day to enter. Please note that the route may be subject to change. The EMF Half Marathon is a road race over a measured distance of 13.1 miles. It is delivered under permit from Scottish Athletics. The race will be refereed under the rules of Scottish Athletics.


Run for Charity: Why not run for one of our Affiliate Charities? Your chosen charity will support you all the way, from the day you enter to the moment you cross the finish line. Click HERE to find out more!  

Entry Benefits: Each runner will receive a wicking technical finishers t-shirt, accurate chip timing, training plan for various fitness levels, great medal, results posted on the website within 48 hrs, race recovery pack and a fantastic running experience. 

Event Chip Timing: Timings for all races will be recorded using a chip timing system - your timing chip will be embedded into your running number. Top 3 trophy positions are awarded based on gun times.

Your Result Information: All results will be fully available on the event website after each race.  Full and final results will continue to be submitted to relevant parties for the purposes of verification of entries to other races and for ranking systems.

2015 half marathon

Course Time Limit: The EMF Half Marathon will operate a strict maximum cut off time of 3 hours 15 minutes for all participants. The Half Marathon is a serious athletics endurance race which requires a large amount of appropriate training and preparation in order to complete it safely. Therefore we strongly discourage participants who do not intend to complete the course within this time limit. Any runner who does not complete the course in 3 hours 15 minutes will not be permitted to complete the race and will not receive a result. A sweeper bus follows the race at 3 hour 15 minute pace and if you are passed by the sweep bus at any point and for any reason, you will be asked to get onto the bus which will transport you back to the Finish area at the earliest possible opportunity. If you decide not to get onto the sweep bus, your running number is recorded and you are removed from the race, from this point onwards you will be continuing independently of the event and at your own risk, the police will begin the process of re-opening the roads to live traffic from this point onwards. You will be recorded as a DNF within the results of the event. 

Baggage: Runners will be able to drop their baggage off at the baggage trucks at the start area and these will be transported to the finish area for you to pick up after you have finished your race.

Hydration Stations: Hydration Stations will be positioned approximately 5kms apart. Bottles of Strathmore Water and High5 energy gels will be available. Toilets will be available at all hydration stations. Click here for more information.

Marriot Hotel RoomAccommodation: If you are looking to book accommodation in Edinburgh for the weekend of the event please visit the accommodation section of the website for more information. We recommend booking in advance to avoid any disappointment. 

Weather Conditions: May/June are probably the best months to run a half marathon in Edinburgh.  The wind is gentle and the average maximum temperature on Race Day is around 17 degrees. Visit BBC Weather online for up to date weather.

Photographs: Our official race photographers are Marathon Photo. Please visit their website at www.marathon-photos.com to find a photograph of yourself after the race. Click here to see photographs from previous years of the marathon.

In the Interest of Safety: The Race Director and the Emergency Services reserve the right to stop the race at any time, if deemed necessary. These would be in circumstances beyond our control and no refunds would be given.