Fast, flat & perfect for a PB



Fast & flat, this course was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World, ideal if it’s your first marathon or you are looking for a PB. The Edinburgh Marathon has sold out every year since 2008 and is the second largest marathon in the UK, behind only London.
  • Sunday 29th May 2022, 10am
  • Age: 18 years or over
  • Start: Potterow, EH8 9AL
  • Finish: Pinkie Playing Fields, EH21 7HA

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£ 64
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£ 61.50
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  • 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
Edinburgh Marathon route


Starting on Potterrow in the grounds of one of the oldest Universities in the world, this incredible city centre start takes you through the very heart of Edinburgh. As you pass Greyfriars Bobby on your left, you also take in the National Museum of Scotland on your right, before heading over the High Street and down The Mound. Don’t be surprised if you see a few shoppers stop and cheer as you then run past the Scottish National Gallery and into Princes Street Gardens, with the iconic Edinburgh Castle as your backdrop. The route then takes in the ‘Gothic Rocket’, otherwise known as the Scott Monument, as it meanders down the historic Royal Mile, heading towards and past the somewhat controversial Scottish Parliament building. Here you can look up and take in the spectacular Arthurs Seat & Salisbury Crags, as well as the Palace of Holyrood, before departing the Royal Park and heading east towards the coast. As you reach Musselburgh, you’ll run past the oldest golf course in the world, where it’s documented that golf has been played as early as 1672, before heading further East on the flat to Gosford House, an imposing neo-classical mansion which was one of the last great architectural commissions of the celebrated Scots architect, Robert Adam. As you turn and head back along the coast, you’ll see the beautiful finish line ahead, one of the greatest sights for any marathon runner! With a descent of almost 90 metres to near sea level, we believe that this is the fastest marathon route in the world.

Edinburgh Marathon route elevation

Edinburgh Marathon route elevation
University of Edinburgh
Officially opening in 1583, the University of Edinburgh has produced many distinguished characters, from Nobel laureates and Olympic champions to space explorers and prime ministers. It was also here that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was inspired to create his notorious character, Sherlock Holmes and James Young Simpson pioneered anaesthetics through his discovery of the properties of chloroform. More recently, theoretical physicist and Professor Emeritus Peter Higgs was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his 1964 prediction of the Higgs Boson. Through the many achievements of its staff and students, the University has continued to present cutting-edge research, inspirational teaching and innovative thinking as its central ethos, attracting some of the greatest minds from around the globe.
Scott Monument & Edinburgh Castle
The Scott Monument, as Bill Bryson called it, the “gothic rocket,” is a 19th century monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is the largest monument to a writer anywhere in the world, and rightly so- we’ve a lot to thank him for! From uncovering forgotten royal jewels, to essentially inventing the Scottish tourism industry, Scotland got a lot more from him than just the name of Edinburgh’s train station! Edinburgh Castle is the historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age (2nd century AD). There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until 1633. According to the Edinburgh Visitor Survey, more than 70% of leisure visitors to Edinburgh visit this impressive building.
The Royal Mile
The Royal Mile is actually more than a mile by 107 yards. This historic part of the Old Town is home to Mary King’s Close: a historic close located under buildings. It took its name from one Mary King, a merchant burgess who resided on the Close in the 17th century. For years, the hidden Closes of Old Town Edinburgh have been shrouded in myths and mysteries, with blood curdling tales of plagues, ghosts and murders – keep an eye out for anything eerie as you run past this part.
Holyrood Palace & The Scottish Parliament
As you approach the second Mile Marker you will notice two very different but distinct Edinburgh buildings. On the left you can view Holyrood Palace which 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. On the right you will see the Scottish Parliament Building at Holyrood within the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Central Edinburgh. Both buildings are popular with visitors over EMF Weekend as runners relax before the marathon.
Musselburgh Racecourse & Golf Course
Musselburgh Racecourse, known until the 1990’s as Edinburgh Racecourse, is steeped in history, holding its first ever race meeting as far back as 1816. Situated within the race course is Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course in Musselburgh, is generally recognised as the oldest golf course in the world, and the oldest on which play has been continuous and there is documented evidence that golf was played at the links in 1672, and it is reputed that Mary, Queen of Scots, played there in 1567. The course hosted six Opens in all, the first in 1874 and the last in 1889.
Gosford House
You’re almost there! Gosford House is the family seat of the Earls of Wemyss & March. Gosford was built by the 7th Earl of Wemyss between 1790 and 1800. It was built to plans by the architect Robert Adam, who died before the house was completed. The British Army occupied Gosford during the Second World War and managed to burn down the main rooms of the central block. You can still see the marks made by the fire on some of the gilded mirrors in one of the rooms. The grounds also contain an unusual and rare example of a Scottish curling house. Gosford House is open to the public for guided tours during the summer months.
The finish line!
The most beautiful sight for any marathon runner – the finish line! Have a recovery pint, meet your loved ones and bathe in all your glory!
*please note that finisher’s items may be subject to change


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


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