2021 Edinburgh Marathon

Potterrow, Edinburgh, Scotland

Organiser's Description

Flat and fast, this course has been described as the fastest marathon course in the UK, perfect for those chasing a PB. A fantastic all-encompassing route which takes in some of Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks, as well as offering picturesque views along the East Lothian coastline.

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Start: Potterow, EH8 9AL

Finish: Pinkie Playing Fields, EH21 7HA

Wicking finisher’s t-shirt

Accurate chip timing

Tailored training plan

Great finisher’s medal

Race recovery pack

Fantastic running experience

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.

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A real must!

This is one of your must do's. Down hill for the first four miles then flat along to the finish. You are supposed to get a PB here. Started this race on a freezing day with extra throw away layers and a cap. I was rained on, freezing cold and finished with a tan marks. The course can be slippery over the cobbles when the weather wet. You will be running from Edinburgh centre and past the seaside. For this race my husband had to meet a pre-booked bus at a specific time so he could not hang around after the start. The finish seemed to split into three different exits so communicate where you will be meeting, my temperature was dropping whilst waiting to meet up, there were foil blankets provided in your finishers goodie bag. Get a bin bag as the foil blanked does not actually cover you all over, use them both together to keep the wind and cold out. LOVE this finishers medal and a great finishers T-shirt. Once finished you have to make your way to a bus park, for a pre-booked seat, to get you back to the start. There were loads of buses which left continuously. Although the queue to get on the buses were pretty one long.

Esther Balsom / Jan 14, 2020

Great Event

I recently did my first ever Marathon at Edinburgh. Really enjoyed it. The event was well organised and also included Half Marathon, 10k and 5k races and there was a fantastic atmosphere. The route was fairly flat which surprised me. I had a fantastic few days up there and look forward to running it again sometime.

Anthony Beardsley / Aug 23, 2019

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