Elite & Top Club Runners

Athletes must meet the criteria outlined below to be eligible for elite, Best of British or top club entries.

For an Elite or Best of British entry please click here to email our Elites Coordinator. You must provide proof of your qualifying time when submitting the email. Elite and Best of British athletes receive complimentary entry, a contribution towards travel expenses, front start pen access and a complimentary night’s accommodation if based outside the local area, subject to availability (3 nights for overseas athletes).   

For a Top Club entry please submit the form below.  All athletes must have run the standard since 1st January 2017. Top Club athletes receive complimentary entry and front start pen access. Please note that Top Club places are only available to British athletes.

Details on Prizes and Time Bonuses can be found here.

Criteria for Elite or Top Club MARATHON entry:

  Elite (M) Best of British (M)  Top Club (M) Elite (F) Best of British (F) Top Club (F)
Marathon sub 2:16:00 sub 2:28:00 sub 2:40:00 sub 2:38:00 sub 2:48:00 sub 3:00:00
Half Marathon sub 1:04:00 sub 1:04:00 sub 1:12:00 sub 1:15:00 sub 1:15:00 sub 1:23:00
10K sub 30:00 sub 30:00 n/a sub 37:00 sub 37:00 n/a


Criteria for Top Club HALF MARATHON entry:

Race Distance  Male   Female
Qualifying time (marathon) sub 2:40:00   sub 3:00:00
Qualifying time (half marathon) sub 1:12:00 sub 1:23:00

Good For Age Runners

If you have run a marathon or half marathon after the 1st January 2017 that meets the criteria below then you can apply for a ‘Good for Age’ entry. This is standard club entry which also guarantees a starting pen near the front of the race. You must be within the time limit to get a Good for Age entry, please don’t contact us if you are not fully within the time limit as we will reject your application.

The time criteria for MARATHON good for age runners is shown below:

Men Time Women  Time
age 18 – 40 sub 3.05 age 18 – 49 sub 3.30
age 41 – 59 sub 3.15 age 50 – 54 sub 4.00
age 60 – 64 sub 3.30 age 55 – 59 sub 4.15
age 65 – 69 sub 4.00 age 60 – 64 sub 4.30
age 70 sub 5.00 age 65 – 69 sub 5.30
    age 70 sub 6.30

The time criteria for HALF MARATHON good for age runners is shown below:

Age 18 – 40 sub 75 mins Age 18 – 40 sub 90 mins
Age 41 – 50 sub 85 mins Age 41 – 50 sub 100 mins
Age 50 sub 95 mins Age 50 sub 110 mins


Prizes and Time Bonuses

Details on prizes and time bonuses for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival can be found here.
How do I apply for an Elite/Top Club/Good for Age entry? Please contact us using the form below before Wednesday 25th April 2018 and state which distance you’re applying for within the message box. You should receive a reply from us within 7 working days. If your entry is accepted, we will email you an entry password which you should use during the registration process. If you have not run a marathon previously you can use the half marathon good for age criteria.

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