Edinburgh Marathon 2013/2014
The marathon in Scotland’s capital Edinburgh is one of the younger races. The next event
will take place
on 24-25 May 2014. However, the Edinburgh
Marathon has over this relatively short time span managed to grow to a significant
size regarding the number of participants, onlookers and the amount raised for charity.
In the 2011 version of the race more than 100,000 spectators watched 30,000 runners participate in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival
and raise a substantial amount for charitable causes.
Since 2007, the Edinburgh Marathon has featured a fast and flat course called
the fastest Marathon route in the UK, as the former course had become infamous
for its hilly appearance. The start is placed on a fairly high level, and the
course has an overall elevation drop of 50 meters. The route is thus both flat
and nice and scenic, and it manages to attract both elite runners and runners
with less ambitious goals than winning. Another move made to appeal to top
runners is the chance for a free entry if you can run a marathon below 2:40
(male) or 3:00 (female).
The start is situated at Regend Road. From here the
course heads down the historic streets of Edinburgh, through hilly, loch-filled
Hollyrood Park and all the way to the coast of the Firth of Forth dropping quite
a bit in elevation along the way. Once the course hits the coast, the runners will turn
eastward and continue along the waterfront through picturesque fishing villages
Cockenzie and Port Seton, before rounding the imposing Gosford House and turning
back towards the finish area in Musselburgh Racecourse.
If you don’t feel up to
42km of hardcore running, you can sign up for the Hairy Haggis Team Relay
and split the distance between yourself and three fellow runners. Hopefully, the
relay race won’t be as nauseating as the sound of the traditional Scottish dish
that it gets its name from (hairy haggis is sheep’s heart, liver and lungs boiled
in the animal’s stomach for an hour).
For further information and registration for Edinburgh Marathon 2014, please follow this link to the official Edinburgh Marathon website
Edinburgh Marathon Course
the Edinburgh Marathon course, a route with PB potential.
Edinburgh Marathon Results and Information 2013/2014