Have you had a slow start to the new year? Well, you are in luck, dust your running shoes- or get a new pair- as the Edinburgh running marathon is open for entries this year.
The charity event which takes place on the 27th – 28th May 2017 is an opportunity to get your competitive spirit brimming while you support a charitable cause. If you are a first-time competitive marathon runner, this event is ideal because of its flat and fast terrain.
Origin of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival (EMF)
Since 2003, runners in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival have raised more than £30 million for hundreds of interesting charity organisations. If you are seeking an opportunity to become a regular participant of EMF charity event, you can start with this year’s marathon.
The very first Edinburgh Marathon began in 1982 from Holyrood Park through Grassmarket, and Princes street before winding up in Meadowbank Stadium. But it wasn’t until June 15th 2003 when Geoff Sims organised a fitting event for 3000 participants, that it became a major event. Ever since, the charity event for Macmillan Cancer Support has been held in in Edinburgh every year.
Fifteen and counting…
Now in its 15th year, this renowned and ever-growing marathon festival holds in the capital city of Scotland and proceeds through East Lothian, offering participants a picturesque view and a memorable running experience. The EMF is Scotland’s biggest running festival of its kind with more than 30,000 runners expected to participate in 2017.
There are 9 different races available for the two days. In addition to the main marathon, there is a half marathon, relay team-race, including a 10k, 5k and some junior races. There’s something for everyone.
The ground-breaking event’s Official Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, together with its organisers is hoping to surpass previous records and raise more for charities in 2017.
EMF Marathon Route
The EMF will start in London and Regent Road, before going through the legendary Holyrood Palace, home to Scotland’s kings and queens. Then it races through Holyrood Park, following in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, a sleeping volcano. It runs through Meadowbank Sports stadium, venue of the former Commonwealth Games glory for athletes like Liz McColgan.
The race meanders towards the north, along Lochend Road and Leith Links, eventually arriving at Portobello Promenade for a breath of refreshing seaside air. The route extends to the Longniddry village before connecting with Gosford House, twisting around and making its way back PAST Musselburgh Links, the world-famous Golf course that receive recognition from Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest golf course. The marathon ends in the playing grounds of Pinkie St. Peter’s Primary School.
Start training early
To get a head start in preparations, start now to train for the marathon, you never know, you just might win! Get you running shoes in ship shape condition. Remember, don’t wait till a few weeks to buy your shoes, you want to first get accustomed to them and not on the D-day itself.
Good luck, training.