Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2024

25 May 2024 - 26 May 2024 / Edinburgh

Hairy Haggis and NHS Lothian Charity Champions at EMF

Run the Edinburgh Marathon Festival and support life-saving projects

Sign up for the Hairy Haggis relay (team of 4), 10k, 5K and junior runs. Take advantage of our discounted charity places for a small fee and minimum suggested sponsorship. Experience the fantastic atmosphere and crowds, and take in the beauty of Edinburgh city. Due to the popularity of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, the full and half marathons have now SOLD OUT for 2024, so don’t miss out!

Sign up for a charity discounted place today!

Hairy Haggis relay (team of 4), 10K, 5K and junior run places still available.

Join our community of #CharityChampions and raise money to transform lives, giving NHS staff what they need to go the extra mile when delivering patient care across hospitals, wards and in the communities of Edinburgh and the Lothians and beyond.

Every runner who signs up will receive:

  • Wicking finisher’s t-shirt
  • An official NHS Lothian – #ThankYouNHS running vest or T-shirt
  • Finisher’s medal & distance keyring
  • NHS Lothian Charity medal
  • Finisher’s pack
  • Personalised event number with accurate timing chip
  • Event baggage facilities
  • Hydration & energy gel on route (for longer routes)
  • Hydration & nutrition at the finish
  • Results posted in your account within 48 hours
  • Fantastic running experience
  • Bags of support

Find out more about the Edinburgh Marathon Festival www.edinburghmarathon.com/


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Frequently Asked Questions

A marathon is typically 26.2 miles long, which is equivalent to approximately 42.195 kilometres.

The start times for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival can vary. It’s best to check the official event schedule for specific start times for each race. Below are rough start times for each event.

  • 10K – 09:00am Saturday 25th May 2024
  • 5K – 11:00am Saturday 25th May 2024
  • Junior 5K – 12:00pm Saturday 25th May 2024
  • Junior 2K – 13:00pm Saturday 25th May 2024
  • Junior 1.5K – 13:30pm Saturday 25th May 2024
  • Kids’ Kilometre – 14:00pm Saturday 25th May 2024
  • Edinburgh Half Marathon – 08:00am Sunday 26th May 2024
  • Edinburgh Marathon – 10:00am Sunday 26th May 2024
  • Edinburgh Marathon Team Relay – 10:00am Sunday 26th May 2024

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival takes place on the 25 and 26 May, with the full, half and relay taking place on the 26 and the 10K, 5K and junior races on 25 May.

  • 10K – Saturday 25th May 2024
  • 5K – Saturday 25th May 2024
  • Junior 5K – Saturday 25th May 2024
  • Junior 2K – Saturday 25th May 2024
  • Junior 1.5K – Saturday 25th May 2024
  • Kids’ Kilometer – Saturday 25th May 2024
  • Edinburgh Half Marathon – Sunday 26th May 2024
  • Edinburgh Marathon – Sunday 26th May 2024
  • Edinburgh Marathon Team Relay – Sunday 26th May 2024

Training for a full or half marathon involves a combination of running, strength training, proper rest and nutrition. It’s important to follow a structured training plan that gradually increases mileage and intensity while allowing for recovery.

Average full marathon times vary widely depending on a range of factors. Generally full marathon times can range from around 4 to 6 hours. Half marathon times typically range from 1.5 to 3 hours.

The number of runners participating in the Edinburgh Marathon can vary from year to year. Typically, thousands of people take part.

The Edinburgh Marathon route showcases the city’s stunning scenery, passing through iconic landmarks such as Holyrood Park, Edinburgh Castle, and the Royal Mile. For specific details on the route, including maps, visit the Edinburgh Marathon Festival official website.

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