OFFICIAL STATEMENT

Over the past 3 months we have been working closely with, and drawing on the vast array of knowledge and resources available from, the UK and Scottish Governments, World Athletics, local authorities teams and medical teams to research, plan and work to adapt our delivery models. This was to ensure that, if government restrictions allowed, we were able to deliver a safe event for our Participants, Event Team, Partners and Suppliers. It is with deep regret however, we are sharing with you today that we have taken the very difficult decision to postpone the event until 2021. We think that it’s important that you understand how and why we have come to make this decision.

As you know, it is outside of our control to say when events will be permitted to go ahead, and sadly there is insufficient information currently available to allow us to estimate when this will be. The nature of the event demands a considerable amount of preparation, not only from our team and our delivery partners, but from the participants. Their preparation for an event will involve training, sometimes meaning they are dedicating many hours away from their friends and family, which for many is understandably unpalatable or impossible with the demands of home working, childcare and schooling at this time. For others it requires the booking of accommodation or travel and we feel that it is unfair to ask for your and their continuing preparation if we cannot make a firm assurance that we will definitely be able to go ahead with the event on the planned date. 

We, as a team, are devastated to be sharing this announcement with you. We know you will be equally disappointed and we are acutely aware of the impact that the loss of events is having on our affiliate charities. We know we have a responsibility to assist where we can and are delighted to announce that we will be making 2020 Edinburgh Marathon Festival Virtual Challenges available to encourage participants to complete their distance and challenge whilst supporting our affiliate charities by doing so.  

Current participants have a range of options available to them within their My Details account. If you are a current entrant, please log in to find out more and select your preferred option. These options will be available until the 31st December 2020.

We’d like to thank you for your continued support of the event and hope to celebrate with those who are completing the 2020 Edinburgh Marathon Festival Virtual Challenge, as well as looking forward to being back delivering world-class events again for you, and our affiliate charities, in 2021.

  • 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 EVENTS

Voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runner’s World in 2008. Enjoy a fantastic all-encompassing route which takes in some of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks as well as offering picturesque views along the East Lothian coastline. more info>
Directly preceding the Marathon, the EMF Half follows the same fast and flat route, offering genuine PB potential. This increasingly popular race distance is a fantastic alternative for those that don’t fancy the big 26.2! more info>
The EMF Relay is a chance for a team of four to join forces and complete the Edinburgh Marathon! With each relay leg posing a different challenge, make sure you pick and order your team wisely; which lucky runner will get The Glory Leg? more info>
The 10K falls on the Saturday of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival weekend and is run in the stunning surroundings of Holyrood Park. Starting and finishing near Dynamic Earth, this route offers striking panoramic views of the city and Edinburgh Castle. more info>
The EMF 5K takes place on the Saturday and offers a picturesque route around Holyrood Park with stunning panoramic views of the city and Edinburgh Castle. more info>
The EMF Junior 5K is for 11-18 year olds and takes place on the Saturday. The event offers a picturesque route around Holyrood Park with stunning panoramic views of the city and Edinburgh Castle. It’s the perfect way for teenagers to get involved in EMF Weekend. more info>
The EMF Junior 2K is for 9-12 year olds. The junior races are a fantastic way to get children active and encourage them to get involved in running. As with the 5K and 10K races, the routes will be run around the beautiful Holyrood Park. more info>
The EMF Junior 1.5K is for 6-8 year olds. The junior races are a fantastic way to get children active and encourage them to get involved in running. As with the 5K and 10K races, the routes will be run around the beautiful Holyrood Park. more info>
The EMF Kids’ Kilometre is for 3-6 year olds. The junior races are a fantastic way to get children active and encourage them to get involved in running. As with the 5K and 10K races, the routes will be run around the beautiful Holyrood Park. more info>
Macmillan EMF 2019

FUN FACTS

Since 2003, a lot has happened at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival!

£MILLION RAISED FOR GOOD CAUSES
OLDEST RUNNER
KG WORTH OF MEDALS
CALORIES BURNED

WHY RUN IN EDINBURGH?

Voted World’s
Top 10
City Marathon

  • Fastest Marathon in the UK (Runner’s World 2008)
  • European Athletics 5 star Event
  • Guaranteed entry – No ballots, no lists, no hassle
  • Edinburgh was voted the World’s fourth most beautiful city in 2015
  • Only 1% of the World’s population have ever completed a marathon

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