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The EMF 10K is an increasingly popular race distance, a great step-up for those who have completed a 5K in the past, but aren’t quite ready for the half marathon distance.
  • Saturday 27th May 2017
  • Start time: 9am
  • Price: £24.50/£26.50
  • Age: 15 years or over
Run for Maggies
Standard entry
£ 26.50
Charity entry
Club entry
£ 24.50
Corporate entry
Overseas entry
£ 26.50
  • The best race on Arthurs Seat - great course!

    Amy Lockwood Edinburgh
  • Overall it's always fun running during EMF. It's always great cheering everyone on who is running and for the runners, it's a pleasant run to push themselves to hit their target or goal. All and all top notch event, see you next year!

    Brian Marshall Glasgow


Starting and finishing near the EMF Hub at Dynamic Earth, this beautiful, scenic route takes place in Holyrood Park in the heart of Edinburgh. The route offers stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and panoramic views of the city.

Runners start on Queens Drive with a 200m downhill section before heading past the steep sides of Arthurs Seat on your right and Dynamic Earth, The Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace on your left. Continuing on towards the 1km mark you will pass St. Margaret’s Loch before starting the ascent around the east side of Arthurs Seat. As you continue the clockwise route around this famous old volcano, you will pass Dunsapie Loch at around 2.5km. Now on the far side of Arthur’s seat at 3km runners can enjoy spectacular views of Duddingston Loch below and across the southside of Edinburgh and beyond towards the Pentland Hills. Approaching the 4km marker you will enjoy a panoramic view of the City. The route then doubles back on itself along Duddingston Low Road at 5km and through Duddingston Village at 6km. The route joins the Innocent Railway Road through 7km and 8km and then heads back up onto Queens Drive. Passing the 9km it’s now downhill all the way, back through the Start Line again and the final 250m dash to the cheering crowds and the finish line on Holyrood Gait.

Arthurs Seat
Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park. The hill rises above the city to a height of 251 metres (823 ft), provides excellent views, is quite easy to climb, and is a popular walk. Though it can be climbed from almost any direction, the easiest and simplest ascent is from the East, where a grassy slope rises above Dunsapie Loch, a small artificial loch located between Dunsapie Hill and Arthur’s Seat.
Duddingston Loch
Duddingston Loch is a natural loch located in Holyrood Park, below Arthur’s Seat. It is part of a nature reserve, being important for wildfowl, herons and the great crested grebe, as well as swans and ducks. It is the only natural loch in Edinburgh, and the largest in Holyrood Park.
The Innocent Railway
A tablet has been erected naming the railway “The Innocent Railway” on the basis that the line never suffered a fatal accident. The name The Innocent Railway entered the history books and the legend grew that the line was so called because it never killed or injured a passenger. In fact injuries, whether to passengers alighting from trains in motion or to pointsboys taking chances at loops were numerous; the manager himself got a leg injury that left him with a limp for life.
Salisbury Crags
Salisbury Crags are a series of 46-metre (151 ft) cliffs at the top of a subsidiary spur of Arthur’s Seat which rise on the west of Holyrood Park. Below the foot of the cliffs is a large and steep talus slope falling to the floor of Holyrood Park with a track known as the Radical Road running in the space between the two. This track was given its name after it was paved in the aftermath of the Radical War of 1820, using the labour of unemployed weavers from the west of Scotland at the suggestion of Walter Scott.
The finish line!
The most beautiful sight for any runner – the finish line! The Finish Line is located between the 2 pillars on Holyrood Gait approximately 50m from the Holyrood Gait / Queens Drive Roundabout.


  • Wicking finisher’s t-shirt
  • Accurate chip timing
  • Tailored training plan
  • Great finisher’s medal
  • Race recovery pack
  • Fantastic running experience


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