The Edinburgh Marathon is an IAAF Bronze Label event.  2013 was the year the event was awarded its first International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) label. This made it the first race in Scottish Athletics history to get this certification. It is only one of only 75 races in the world to hold the label, which shows that the IAAF designates  regards the Edinburgh Marathon as one of the “leading road races around the world.”

Over the years the Edinburgh Marathon has seen some incredible performances from some of the world’s leading athletes. 2005 was particularly noteworthy as it saw course records set in both the men and the women’s race. Zachary Kihara, from Kenya came in at 2:15:26 and Zinaida Semenova, from Russia, clocked 2:33:36 in the women’s race.  Although these records still stand, they have been closely challenged since, showing the high quality field that the Marathon attracts.


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Georgie Bruinvels

🇬🇧 UK
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Winner of the 2017 Asics Greater Manchester Marathon.
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🇧🇾 Belarus
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Olga is a 2012 London Olympian. In 2014 she won the Augustow Half-Marathon. In 2015 Olga took a break to focus on her family and became a mother in 2016. Olga is now back in full training and is hoping to get back towards her previous best.


🇬🇧 UK
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Hayley is one of Scotland’s best endurance athletes and competes for Kilbarchan Athletics Club. Hayley competed for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and 2006. She finished 25th in the Marathon at the World Championships in 2005. Hayley has competed in the Edinburgh in 2012, 2014 and 2016, finishing on the podium each time.


🇰🇪 Kenya
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Was first female in the Edinburgh Marathon in 2016. Also finished 8th in the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon in 2016.
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🇬🇧 UK

Dianne is a top Scottish athlete who competes for Gala Harriers. Dianne’s best marathon time is from the Virgin London Marathon in 2015. Dianne finished 6th in the Edinburgh Marathon in 2016 and 2nd in the Edinburgh Half Marathon in 2015.

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Pennina Wanjiru NDUNGU

🇰🇪 Kenya
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Her debut marathon was the Brighton Marathon in 2015 which she won. She returned the following year and finished on the podium again in 3rd place.
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Gelane Bulbula SENBETE

🇪🇹 Ethiopia
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Gelane is in good form having recently ran a marathon PB at the Gunsan Marathon in Korea.

Valentina ZHUDINA

🇺🇦 Ukraine
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Valentina started to compete in the 3000m Steeple Chase as a youth representing her country internationally at U23 Championships. She became a double Olympian in the 3000m steeple chase then later her priority shifted to 5000m and 10000m. She was the 2015 National Champion in the 5000m winning in a time of 15:37.86. Valentina’s main focus is road racing full time and her goal for the Edinburgh Marathon is to have a strong marathon debut.


Stanley Kiprotich BETT

🇰🇪 Kenya
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Afework Ayele KIBRET

🇪🇹 Ethiopia
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Afework’s started 2017 with a PB in the Pune Marathon in India where he finished 6th.

Japhet KOECH

🇰🇪 Kenya
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Japhet is a regular at the Edinburgh Marathon.  He has finished 3rd in 2016, 18th in 2015, 2nd in 2014 and 5th in 2013. Japhet featured in the cult running novel Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn.

Julius Kiplagat KORIR

🇰🇪 Kenya
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Joel Kositany

🇰🇪 Kenya
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Joel has won the Belfast marathon three times, in 2016,2015 and 2013. Latest marathon was in December 2016 in Shenzen where he ran 2.11 for 3rd place. Set his PB in 2012 in the See Genezareth Tiberias Marathon in Israel.


🇺🇦 Ukraine
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Ihor ran for Ukraine in the Rio Olympics finishing 48th. Also in 2016 he finished 6th in the Los Angeles Marathon. In 2015 he finished 3rd in his National Marathon Championships, and in 2014 won the Kharkov International Marathon champion. He is a young, developing marathoner with lots of potential.
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🇳🇱 Netherlands
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Patrick is a multiple Dutch Champion in the marathon, and has competed for the Netherlands in the European Championships in 2010. He has suffered recently with injury, but is on his way back to great shape.

Mohammed ZGUIDA

🇲🇦 Morocco
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Mohammed’s marathon PB was set in January of this year in the Marrakesh Marathon. Mohammed has a quick 10k time from the Casablanca 10k in 2016 where he finished 20th in a top class field.
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Zero tolerance to Doping

Any athlete with a proven doping history will never be invited to compete at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Every year we implement the necessary anti-doping testing, ensuring that the event is clean.

Athletes who participate in this competition may be subject to formal drug testing in accordance with IAAF Rules and the rules of the national federation and national anti-doping agency. Athletes found positive for banned substances, or who refuse to be tested, will be disqualified from the event and will lose eligibility for future competitions. Any Athlete who is subsequently determined to have committed a doping offence at the time of the event or is suspended from competition due to an offence committed prior to the event resulting in his/her performance at the event being invalidated, shall be liable to refund any and all sums from the race organisers relating to his/her performance at the event. This includes any commission they have paid to an Athlete Representative.

Elite Athlete Qualifying Criteria

Athletes who have achieved one of the following entry standards within the 36 months previous to this years event date will be considered for an elite entry. Please contact [email protected] for further details. If you do not meet any of these times within the qualifying period we will not be able to provide an elite entry, but you may qualify for a Top Club or Good for Age entry, see here for details. Elite entries close on 26th April 2017.