Edinburgh Marathon Festival - Half Marathon Edinburgh Marathon Festival - Half Marathon

Edinburgh Marathon Festival - Half Marathon


Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5, United Kingdom

Sun 28th May 2023

1 race


Organiser's Description

Part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Weekend, the fast & flat EMF 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.


  • Edinburgh Marathon Festival - Half Marathon



  • Edinburgh Marathon Festival - Half Marathon


What's Included

Wicking finisher’s t-shirt
Accurate chip timing
Tailored training plan
Great finisher’s medal
Race recovery pack
Fantastic running experience

Course Details

Starting on Holyrood Park Road with the picturesque backdrop of Holyrood Park, this incredible city centre route brings you past the impressive Surgeons' Hall, designed by William Henry Playfair in 1832.

This part of city is a fabulous mix of history, and festival culture. You will run past Scotland's premier dance and opera house, the Festival Theatre, which comes alive with a variety of world-class productions, particularly during the summer festival months.

The route then turns right, and 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 Prestonpans 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.


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Colin Galbraith

Freya Gowans

Marie Strachan


Catie Teather

Charlotte Oakes

Claire Hardman

Emma Dougan

James Marsh

John McCulloch

Rachael Croniken

Tammy Dowling



Edinburgh Marathon Festival

All distances over the festival weekend - 28.05.2022 to 29.05.2022

28 May 2023



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