Edinburgh Marathon Festival Statement

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival is now in its 15th year and the event is an incredible vehicle for life-changing achievements and experiences, for thousands of people. From younger runners in the junior races taking part in their first event, all the way to our international elite field in the marathon; runners, spectators and charities alike all contribute and are all a part of the incredibly positive impact that this event has on so many people. This year alone, over four million pounds will be raised for the much needed work of charitable organisations. The positive impact spreads far further than the 30,000 entrants. It is and will continue to be a wonderful event in the most incredible city for all those involved.  

The horrible events in Manchester and the raised UK wide threat level have resulted in further multi agency meetings involving all the Emergency Services, Edinburgh City Council and the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Team. Resulting from this, there will be an increased police presence and security resource over the weekend, both at the event and across the city as a whole. This is reflective of the increased UK wide threat level.

There is no information or knowledge linked to any threat to Edinburgh or the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, this increased presence is in place to further ensure safety for all and reassure that the experience remains positive for all those involved.

Runners and spectators are asked to assist in this process by allowing extra time for travel over the weekend and affording extra patience and vigilance in these changing circumstances, including random bag searches and additional road closures. Parking at both the start and finish areas is heavily restricted, so please plan travel in advance using public buses, trains or event shuttle buses.  Please do not take your car.

Safety for everyone remains, and always will be, our number one priority.

All runners, race crew and the people of Edinburgh and Scotland stand strong with our friends in Manchester and we will all continue to be part of positive change.

Neil Kilgour – Race Director