Edinburgh Marathon Festival (5k & 10k)

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  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 26. May, 2019
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  • 5 Km

  • 10 Km

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Edinburgh Marathon Festival (5k & 10k)

Starting and finishing near EMF Hub at Dynamic Earth this beautiful scenic route takes you around Holyrood Park in the heart of Edinburgh. The route offers stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and panoramic views of the city

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Paul Davidson

Completed in 2017


The very hilly EMF 10k!

The EMF 10k presents quite the challenge for anyone wanting to take on a shorter route. The race starts and ends in the shadow of Arthur's Seat and after a relatively easy stretch it's not long before you have your first big, long and steady, climb round Arthur's Seat itself. Watch out as you start this strech as space can sometimes be at a bit of premium.

Relief, of a sort, comes just before kilometre 3 when the course levels out a little. As you round the corner the views of the Pentland Hills are fantastic and after a short climb it's not long before you get a view of Edinburgh itself and you're heading round Duddingston Loch. 

Just before the 6km mark you'll find the only water station on the course along with toilets. There's a short cobbled stretch through Duddingston Village before going round the other side of the Loch. Watch out at kilometre 8 - there's a sneaky climb that's caught out a fair few runners in the past! Once that's out of the way though it's pretty much down hill all the way to finish up outside Our Dynamic Earth.

When you finish you're guided down through the undercourse of Our Dynamic Earth to collect your medal, goody bag and water. There's a baggage drop just outside Our Dynamic Earth so if you've taken advantage of that you don't have far to go to collect your belongings.

The EMF events are usually well organised with easy registration and plenty of information on the website. The medal usually has some kind of Edinburgh theme and this year featured a keyring element indicating the distance.

The race chip is embedded in the race number so no faffing about with a shoe tag before or after the race. My number arrived in plenty of time before the event.

It was a bit of a warm day this year so I think I poured as much water over myself as I drank!

Posted on 14.11.17

Deborah Wyatt

Completed in 2016


Very hilly, not PB course but well worth it for the views

Edinburgh Marathon Festival (5k & 10k)

Love this 10k for the views. Plus it's incredibly well organised. 

Posted on 28.05.16

Jim Boyle

Completed in 2016


Great event great course great organisation

Second time doing this and they have reversed the route since I last did it which I think is a good move. Brilliant organisation and pre race facilities second to none at Our Dynamic Earth museum. A beautiful course with stunning views if you remember to lift your head up to look. A couple of challenging hills but more than made up for by the downhill stretches and the last km being almost entirely downhill. Will be back!

Posted on 28.05.16

John Hawryluk

Completed as a first timer in 2015


Nothing special more a money making machine

EMF is the flagship event in Edinburgh but it's unfortunate GSI (organisers) are only worried about the money.  Run this event a few times and they have run out of medals/goody bags before the final runner and the finishers tshirt is generic i.e. doen't have the distance you run printed on it.

The route isn't special, theres c. 10 other races that use the same 5k/10k route but the other races you will get a better experience for your money.

A race possibly to do becuase it's 'Edinburgh' but nothing special and one I'm not rushing to do again.

Posted on 16.07.17