Be part of Scotland’s largest running festival

ENTER 2018


Fast & 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 PB. The Edinburgh Marathon has sold out every year since 2008 and is the second largest marathon in the UK, behind only London.
  • Sunday 27th May 2018, 9:50am
  • Price: £54.00/£56.00
  • Age: 18 years or over
Run for Stroke Association
Standard entry
£ 56 per person
Good For Age entry
£ 54 per person
Standard club entry
£ 54 per person
Corporate entry
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Charity entry
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  • I had such an amazing time & the people of Edinburgh are what has made me get through it! Thank you so much & I won't be forgetting my first marathon, so glad I got to do it in Edinburgh!

    Catherine Marshall Sheffield
  • Ran my first Marathon and the memories will live with me forever. Amazing running next to the beach, and I must say the crowd and support was fantastic. Big thank you to all the staff, volunteers and everyone else for making it a great day.

    Toseef Istakhar
  • Amazing day for my first marathon. Spectators and the life saving people coming out with sweeties were amazing, as were the people running very friendly and positive. Brilliant!!

    Stevie O'Hara
  • Fantastic first marathon experience. The organisers, marshals and all volunteers were great. But the best part has to be the amazing locals and spectators they did Scotland proud.

    Kevin Wickham


The Edinburgh Marathon starts in London and Regent Road before passing by the historic Holyrood Palace, home to Scottish kings and queens. 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 glory for runners such as Liz McColgan. It then turns north, along Lochend Road and Leith Links 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 reaching 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.
Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament
As you approach the first Mile Marker you will notice two very different but distinct Edinburgh buildings. On the left you can view Holyrood Palace which has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century, and is a setting for state occasions and official entertaining. On the right you will see the Scottish Parliament Building at Holyrood within the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Central Edinburgh. Both buildings are popular with visitors over EMF Weekend as runners relax before the marathon.
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.
Gosford House
You’re almost there! Gosford House is the family seat of the Earls of Wemyss & March. Gosford was built by the 7th Earl of Wemyss between 1790 and 1800. It was built to plans by the architect Robert Adam, who died before the house was completed.
The finish line!
The most beautiful sight for any marathon runner – the finish line!
*please note that finisher’s items may be subject to change


  • 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 in 2018
Be part of Scotland’s largest running festival!

ENTER 2018