The event

Fast & flat, the Edinburgh Half Marathon follows the marathon course which was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World, ideal if it’s your first half marathon or you are looking for a PB. The Edinburgh Half Marathon has sold out every year since 2012 and is one of the largest half marathons in the UK.

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 towards the historic village of Preston Pans before turning and heading back towards the beautiful finish line within the vast playing fields of Pinkie School. With a descent of almost 90 metres to near sea level, we believe this is the fastest half marathon route in the world.

Supporting you

We’re here to help make fundraising as easy as possible for you. Our Fundraising Pack contains lots of fun ideas for how to raise money, plus useful practical support like information on how to publicise your event and set up an online fundraising page. You can download your Fundraising Pack here.

All our fundraisers receive a FREE running vest or t-shirt - just let us know your preferred size and colour! 

30 May 2021

Registration fee £105

To book, please email [email protected] 

Please see the official Edinburgh Marathon Festival website for more event information.