Edinburgh Marathon Team Relay Route Map
The EMF Hairy Haggis Team Relay is an opportunity for a team of 4 runners to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. The 26.2 miles is split into 4 legs, each runner will run one leg. The approximate distance of each leg is shown below:
Leg 1: The Royal Leg – 8.3 miles: Starting on Potterow with the picturesque backdrop of The University of Edinburgh’s Mcewan Hall, this incredible city centre route brings you past all the iconic sights of the city.
This part of the city has an enriched history, running through both old and new towns you will pass the sights of, Greyfriars Bobby, Princes Street Gardens and the Scott Monument.
The route then heads down the historic Royal Mile, heading past the breathtaking architecture of the Scottish Parliament building. From 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, taking in all the sights of the city’s seaside hotspot Portobello promenade, before reaching the first relay changeover at Fisherrow Links, Musselburgh.
Leg 2: The Cock & Pan Leg – 5.5 miles: The route then crosses the River Esk and past Musselburgh Racecourse and then continues beyond Prestongrange Mining Museum, Prestonpans, the site of the 1745 Battle of Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton where reaching the second relay changeover at Port Seton Links.
Leg 3: The Gosford Leg – 8 miles: It then races onto picturesque East Lothian, along Scotland’s golf coast which boasts 22 courses including some of the world’s oldest and most admired like North Berwick, Gullane and Muirfield. The route passes the village of Longniddry then enters the grounds of Gosford House before looping around and heading back to Port Seton and the final relay changeover.
Leg 4: The Glory Leg – 4.4 miles: Now in the home straight the route passes through Port Seton, Cockenzie and Prestonpans back past Musselburgh Links, the famous golf course officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest golf course in the world. The marathon finishes on playing fields at Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School. Well done Hairies!