Run in Edinburgh



The EMF Junior races are a great way to get the whole family involved in Edinburgh Marathon Festival weekend.
  • Saturday 28th May 2022, 11.45am
  • For ages 11 to 18
  • Start & finish: Holyrood Park, Edinburgh
British Heart Foundation
Standard Entry
£ 21.25 per person
Club Entry
£ 19.25 per person
Charity Entry
varies per person
Group Entry
varies per person
Please note that you will have to create a My Details account per child, and cannot enter your child via your own My Details account.
  • Our boy did a fantastic job on his first #EMF run today, he made us super proud! @MrHairyHaggis

  • @MrHairyHaggis kids did the 1.5km, I did the half, we're all still buzzing, best event in the UK! #emf2016

  • Wow! Big thanks to Louie for raising £410 at the Junior event of the Edinburgh Marathon in memory of his grandfather

    Brit Lung Foundation
  • So proud of my boy! He is taking part in the 2k junior edinburgh marathon for the first time and is raising money for @FFC_ScotsandNE

    Susan Kerr
  • Fantastic race for young children, my daughter enjoyed every bit of it. Will definitely be back next year!

    Sue Company Edinburgh


Starting and finishing near EMF Hub at Dynamic Earth, this beautiful scenic route takes you around Holyrood Park in the heart of Edinburgh. The route offers stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and panoramic views of the city. 

Runners start on Queens Drive and after 0.5km the route passes St. Margaret’s Loch before starting the ascent around the east side of Arthur’s Seat before you pass Dunsapie Loch at around 2k. On the far side of Arthur’s seat and approaching the halfway point, runners can enjoy spectacular views of Duddingston Loch below and across the southside of Edinburgh and beyond towards the Pentland Hills with the knowledge that the rest of the route is flat and downhill! As the route continues down the West Side of this famous old volcano you can enjoy the views of the steep slopes on your right and in the distance the cheering masses at the final turn. The last 250m section runs back through the Start Line and then turns left onto Holyrood Gait and the Finish Line.

Holyrood Palace 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.
Arthur’s Seat is the main peak of the group of hills which form most of Holyrood Park. The hill rises above the city to a height of 251 metres (823 ft), provides excellent views, is quite easy to climb, and is a popular walk. Though it can be climbed from almost any direction, the easiest and simplest ascent is from the East, where a grassy slope rises above Dunsapie Loch, a small artificial loch located between Dunsapie Hill and Arthur’s Seat.
Duddingston Loch is a natural loch located in Holyrood Park, below Arthur’s Seat. It is part of a nature reserve, being important for wildfowl, herons and the great crested grebe, as well as swans and ducks. It is the only natural loch in Edinburgh, and the largest in Holyrood Park.
Salisbury Crags are a series of 46-metre (151 ft) cliffs at the top of a subsidiary spur of Arthur’s Seat which rise on the west of Holyrood Park. Below the foot of the cliffs is a large and steep talus slope falling to the floor of Holyrood Park with a track known as the Radical Road running in the space between the two. This track was given its name after it was paved in the aftermath of the Radical War of 1820, using the labour of unemployed weavers from the west of Scotland at the suggestion of Walter Scott.
The Finish Line!
The most beautiful sight for any runner – the finish line! The Finish Line is located between the 2 pillars on Holyrood Gait approximately 50m from the Holyrood Gait / Queens Drive Roundabout.
*please note that finisher’s items may be subject to change


  • Wicking finisher’s t-shirt
  • Accurate chip timing
  • Great finisher’s medal
  • Race recovery pack
  • Fantastic running experience


Sign up for one of the EMF junior races and your school could be in with the chance of winning £150 worth of sport equipment for your school!

This is a fantastic opportunity for children of all ages and abilities to get fit and run as part of a team while representing their school. The EMF Junior Schools Competition was launched in 2012 to recognise and reward the increased efforts of schools who encourage kids active throughout Edinburgh, The Lothians and Fife.



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
British Heart Foundation
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