How does the Team Relay work?

Your Event Pack & Number

If you live in the UK, your Event Pack (which contains your whole team’s Event Numbers with timing chips attached and safety pins) will be posted to the Team Captain. If you are an overseas team, or If you haven’t received your Event Numbers in the post, then you will need to visit the EMF Event Number Station at Potterrow on Saturday before race day or Sunday morning to pick up your number or be allocated replacement numbers. The Team Captain is responsible for distributing these to the rest of their Relay Team!

What to do with your Event Numbers

On your Event Numbers you will see that each one relates to a different leg of the race, please ensure that these are allocated to the correct member of your team who is running that leg.

Baggage

There is no Baggage service available for those running the EMF Relay.

We advise that you give your baggage to the member of your team who will be waiting for you at the next relay changeover. The Baggage Trucks are for Full Marathon runners only.

Relay Changeover 1 is close to the Finish Area, so we would recommend Runner 2 takes the kit for Runners 1 and 4, and once the first Leg is complete, Runner 1 can take their own kit and Runner 4’s kit to the Finish. Runner 3 should hand their bag to Runner 4 before they start leg 3. Runner 3 and Runner 4 start at Port Seton (Changeover 2 and 3 are next to each other). Runner 3 runs off and when they get back, they can get their bag back from Runner 4 who then runs to the finish.

Make sure that each runner takes dry, warm clothes with them for after they finish each leg – you will cool down quickly so it is very important that you have something warm and waterproof to put on. 

Transport Options

We strongly advise that you use public transport or our pre-booked EMF Event Buses to travel to/from the Start and Finish Areas. If you or your supporters have to drive please use designated parking areas that we have identified below.

EMF Event Bus Options

Team Relay Buses

There is a Team Relay EMF shuttle bus service available to assist the team members in getting to their Relay start points. You can purchase tickets from our online shop. This service runs from Buccleuch Place (near the Start Area) and drops runners at the various relay start points. It can then also be used for the team members to travel back to Buccleuch Place after the race from Wallyford Park & Ride near the Finish Area.

It will take approximately 25 minutes to walk from the Finish Area to Wallyford Park & Ride. At busy periods you may have a short wait for a bus. The journey will take approximately 40-50 minutes.

One Diamond Team Relay Bus Ticket covers all team members for travel from Buccleuch Place. Each of the relay runners must have a copy of the bus ticket to show the event transport marshals on boarding the bus.

Please note that the times stated are a guide and that the buses may run up to 20-30 minutes later than the times shown. Please check our website for event updates throughout the weekend. 

Park & Ride Services

Relay runners can also use the Sapphire Runner Marathon post-race event bus tickets if they are making their own way to their start points but want to return to one of the park & ride car parks after the race.

An EMF Event bus park & ride service will be operating on the morning of the event to take runners and spectators to Buccleuch Place (near the Start Area) in time for the start of the marathon and relay. This service will start departing from Newcraighall Park & Ride, Sheriffhall Park & Ride and Straiton Park & Ride at 08:00, the journey will take 30-60 minutes depending on park and ride pick up point and traffic.

After the race, the EMF shuttle buses will return to Buccleuch Place from the pickup point at Wallyford Park & Ride near the Finish Area. It will take approximately 25 minutes to walk from the Finish Area to Wallyford Park & Ride. At busy periods you may have a short wait for a bus. The journey will take approximately 40-50 minutes.

There is limited capacity on these EMF event bus services, tickets can be purchased in advance from our online shop. You will be able to download your bus ticket from your My Details Account. You will need to present your ticket to the event transport marshals, this can either be shown on your mobile phone or a printed copy.

Services operating between the Finish and Edinburgh City Centre

Relay runners could use the Ruby Runner Marathon post-race shuttle bus tickets if they are making their own way to their start points but want to return to Edinburgh city centre after the race. EMF shuttle buses will operate from 13:00 to 17:15 from Wallyford Park & Ride back to Buccleuch Place in Edinburgh City Centre.

The EMF shuttle buses leave from Wallyford Park & Ride and travel directly to Edinburgh. EMF shuttle bus tickets are available from our online shop, and you’ll be able to download your bus ticket from your My Details Account. You will need to present your ticket to the event transport marshals, this can either be shown on your mobile phone or a printed copy. 

It will take approximately 25 minutes to walk from the Finish Area to Wallyford Park & Ride. At busy periods you may have a short wait for a bus. The journey will take approximately 40-50 minutes.

Please note that the times stated are a guide and that the buses may run up to 20-30 minutes later than the times shown. Please check our website for event updates throughout the weekend. 

Spectator Services

EMF shuttle buses are available which will transport spectators between Buccleuch Place in Edinburgh City Centre (near the start) and Wallyford park & ride near the Finish Area. EMF shuttle buses are also available which service various park & ride car parks, Buccleuch Place and Wallyford park & ride.  

EMF shuttle bus tickets are available to buy from our online shop, and you’ll be able to download your bus ticket from your My Details Account. You will need to present your ticket to the event transport marshals, this can either be shown on your mobile or a printed copy.

The Start

Leg one runner: Your Start Line is on Potterow, EH1 1HB. You will be able to access the Start Area from 8:30am and your race will start at 10:00am. You will run from the Start Line to Fisherrow Links – 8.3 miles.

When you arrive at the Start Area at Potterrow you will notice that there are a number of pens which have coloured flags around them. These are start pens.

Leg one runner – You are allocated to a Start Pen based on the predicted time for completing the race that you chose when you entered.

Vehicle access to the Start Area will not be possible. If you are driving to or being dropped off at the Start, look to arrive early and be prepared to walk the last part of the journey. Please remember that there will be thousands of people travelling to the Start, so give yourself enough time to get into Edinburgh and get parked, and then make your way to the start on foot or via public transport. As you will see in the Start Map, there are road closures in place in the area – please do not attempt to drive to or be dropped off within the Start Area.  If you will have your mobile phone with you at the event take a screen shot of the start map below so you can refer to it on the day.

Toilets at the Start: we will be using toilets within a variety of buildings around the Start Area. There will also be temporary toilets available.

Leg two Runner: Your Start Line is at Fisherrow Links. You will be able to access this Start Area from 9:00am. You will run from Fisherrow Links to Port Seton Links – 5.5 miles.

Leg three Runner & Leg four Runner: Your Start Lines are at Port Seton Links. You will be able to access this Start Area from 9:00am. Leg three runner will run from Port Seton Links out to the end of the course then back to Port Seton Links – 8 miles. Leg four runner will run from Port Seton Links to the Finish Line – 4.4 miles.

Please ensure you arrive at the different Start Areas allowing plenty of time to familiarise yourself with where your Start Line is and visit the toilets. Please see the Route map below to identify where on the route the Relay Changeover areas are.

Please ensure that you are in your Start Pen 15 minutes prior to the start of your race. You are not permitted to move to any other pen. Our Event Team Marshals will direct you once you have entered your pen, please follow their instructions.

Simple advice for you at the start:

• Drink some water before the race to ensure you are well hydrated. There will not be any water provided at the start so please take your own water bottle.

• If it is a sunny day then please apply sun cream before you start the race.

• If it is wet or windy please wear clothing to keep you warm prior to the start that you don’t mind losing when you take off to run, any clothing left in the start area will be donated to charity. Alternatively, a large plastic bag is perfect for keeping the rain off and can be discarded when you start.

• Please bring your safety pins with you on race morning to attach your Event Number and back bib to your running top.

• Please arrive early as there will be queues for toilets. See map above for toilet locations.

• Pack warm clothes to change into after the race. You will get cold quickly and may have a short wait to board a bus.

EMF Team Relay Changeovers
The Route

The EMF Team Relay is a road race over a measured distance of 26.2 miles. It is delivered under a permit from Scottish Athletics. The race will be run and refereed under the rules of Scottish Athletics.

It is not a fun run or a walk.

An endurance road race of this distance is a serious athletic undertaking and these distances should only be undertaken after doing the appropriate level of training. If you are under-prepared, unwell or injured you should seriously consider seeking medical advice.

What to do when you arrive at your Relay Changeover areas

Please gather in the pen that corresponds with the colour on your Event Number. Then, listen for your Event Number being announced over the loudspeaker, which means that your team member is approaching and that you should move to the front of the pen. 

Please do not move to the front of the pen until your number has been called.

There will be a shelter tent and toilets available at each Relay Changeover area while you are waiting for your runner to arrive. There will also be refreshments available to purchase at Relay Changeover 2/3.

Course Time Limit & Sweep Bus

The time limit for this course is 6 hours and 30 minutes, which is approximately 15 minutes per mile.

There will be a sweep bus travelling at this speed. If you are unable to keep within the course time limit and fall behind the pace of the sweep bus, you are no longer part of the race and are required to get onto the bus which will transport you back to the Finish Area at the next available opportunity. If you decide not to get onto the sweep bus you will be running at your own risk. Please move onto the pavement and continue with caution as we will have to reopen roads and allow live traffic onto the route. If you continue behind the sweep bus we cannot guarantee that you will continue to have access to course facilities such as water, energy gels, toilets and timing mats.

When the Sweep Bus arrives at the Finish Line, the Finish Straight will then be closed to runners – any runners attempting to cross the Finish Line will be directed towards the Finish Area. 

On Course

On some areas of the course, there are runners using both sides of the road in opposite directions. If there are two-way runners, please keep to the left-hand side of the road.

There are numerous toilets at the Start and Finish Areas, Relay Changeover Points and at various points along the Course. Please use these and not gardens or public areas.

On Course nutrition

High5 EnergyGels will be available on course at Energy Station 3 (9 miles), Energy Station 6 (16.2 miles), Energy Station 8 (21.75 miles) and Energy Station 9 (24.25 miles).

It’s essential you practice using gels during training runs so you can benefit from them on race day.

EnergyGel has been designed to give you an instant energy boost during exercise. Simply open the top and take it straight from the sachet. It’s not as sweet or thick as other gels on the market, so it’s easy to get down and exceptionally easy on the stomach. The caffeine gel has a green plus sign on the sachet. 

To help you rehydrate at the Finish, you’ll also find High5 ZERO tablets in your Race Recovery Pack. Drop one ZERO tablet into your bottle of water to make a delicious, zero cal and naturally refreshing electrolyte drink with magnesium and vitamin C, proven to reduce tiredness and fatigue.

If you want to get a PB, finish strong or want to enjoy your run more, check out the EMF nutrition guides.
The Finish

Leg 1, 2 and 3 Runners
When the Leg 1, 2 and 3 Runners reach the Relay Changeover area they are running towards, they will be presented with a well deserved EMF Team Relay Medal, along with a bottle of water. They won’t get their Finisher’s Pack at the Relay Changeover area – the Leg 4 runner will collect these for the entire team at the Finish Line.

Leg 4 Runner
After the Leg 4 runner crosses the Finish Line, they will be congratulated by our Finish Marshals as they enter the Finish Funnel, a ’Runner Only Zone’, where they can collect their Medal and the entire team’s Finisher’s Packs. Your family, friends and other Relay runners will not be able to meet you in this area. The Leg 4 runner should make sure they know what sizes of Packs they need to collect! 

In this area the Leg 4 runner will receive:

• Your Finisher’s Medal (Please note: if you have ordered a medal insert, you will be contacted after the event and this will be posted to your separately)
• 4 x Finisher’s Packs for the entire team
• A bottle of water

Runners will then be directed towards the Reunion Area where you can meet your family and friends, and the rest of the Relay Team! The Reunion Area will be split up into 8 sections with lettered flags – ABC, DEF, GHI, JKL, MNO, PQR, STU and VWXYZ. Please agree in advance with your family and friends where you will meet – there will be thousands of people in the area which can make it difficult to locate each other if you haven’t planned where to meet in advance! Pick a letter and plan to meet at the relevant flag.

The Finish Area will be packed with activities for spectators and finishers to enjoy. If you have a while to wait for your runner, Musselburgh High Street is a short walk away and open as normal. There are various catering outlets within the Finish Area with a variety of different food on offer.