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Fast & flat, the Edinburgh Half Marathon follows the marathon course which was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World, ideal if it’s your first half marathon or you are looking for a PB. The Edinburgh Half Marathon has sold out every year since 2012 and is one of the largest half marathons in the UK.
  • Sunday 28th May 2017, 8am
  • Price: £31.50/£33.50
  • Age: 17 years or over
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Standard entry
£ 33.50
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Club entry
£ 31.50
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£ 31.50
Overseas entry
£ 33.50
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  • Fantastic experience at the Edinburgh half marathon today. Beautiful scenery and wonderful crowds! Well worth the early start!

    Carol L Doherty Glasgow
  • So glad I took part. Couldn't run 2 hundred metres when started training last year and completed the half marathon today. Full next year??

    Gordon Bruce
  • I completed my first ever half marathon and enjoyed every bit of it. I couldn't run between lampposts 8 months ago. Thank you all for a very well organised event and to the spectators who cheered me on for the final mile!

    Oriana Pavitt


The Edinburgh Half Marathon starts in London and Regent Road before passing by the historic Holyrood Palace, which has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century. Opposite the palace you will see the Scottish Parliament Building at Holyrood within the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Central Edinburgh. It 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 in 1970 & 1986 and glory for runners such as Lachie Stewart and Liz McColgan. It then turns north, along Lochend Road and Leith Links before reaching Portobello Promenade for some cooling seaside air where runners can enjoy spectacular views of East Lothian and across the to the Kingdom of Fife. The route then stretches along Musselburgh Road before reaching Musselburgh Racecourse. It goes a couple of miles further up Ravenheugh Road beyond the Prestongrange Mining Museum before 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 half marathon finishes in playing fields at Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School.
Dynamic Earth & Arthurs Seat
As you enter Holyrood Park you will turn right and pass the back of Dynamic Earth which hosts the The EMF Hub on the Friday and Saturday of the EMF weekend. Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park, described by Robert Louis Stevenson as “a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design”. But don’t worry, you don’t need to run up it
Meadowbank Sports Stadium
Meadowbank Stadium is a multi-purpose sports facility located at Meadowbank. It hosted the Commonwealth Games of 1970 and 1986. The Marathon at the 1970 Games was won by Ron Hill of England in 2:09:28 and the Marathon at the 1986 Games was won by Rob de Castella of Australia in 2:10:15 and compatriate Lisa Martin in 2:26:07. The stadium is also home to Lowland Football League side Edinburgh City.
Portobello Prom
The beautiful ’Porty Prom’ was a thriving beach resort in the late 19th century and provides stunning views of the city as well as some fresh sea air!
Musselburgh Racecourse & Golf Course
Musselburgh Racecourse, known until the 1990’s as Edinburgh Racecourse, is steeped in history, holding its first ever race meeting as far back as 1816. Situated within the race course is Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course in Musselburgh, is generally recognised as the oldest golf course in the world, and the oldest on which play has been continuous and there is documented evidence that golf was played at the links in 1672, and it is reputed that Mary, Queen of Scots, played there in 1567. The course hosted six Opens in all, the first in 1874 and the last in 1889.
The finish line!
The most beautiful sight for any half marathon runner – the finish line!


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


Since 2003, Edinburgh Marathon Festival runners have raised over £30 million for hundreds of amazing charities. If you’re looking for a reason to become a future EMF charity runner, then look no further! The Official Edinburgh Marathon Festival Charity is Macmillan Cancer SupportRun for Charity
Run for Prostate Cancer UK
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