Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Register your interest


We are very excited to be offering our supporters the chance to run the 2022 Edinburgh Marathon in support of Open Arms, through justrunning!

Taking place over the May Bank Holiday Weekend, you can run in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and explore what Scotland’s historic and vibrant capital city has to offer.

The fast and flat route takes in the city’s iconic sights before heading east for the coastline, making Edinburgh the perfect marathon choice for those running their fast marathon or hoping to achieve a PB.

With just two charity places available, contact us now to find out how you can secure a spot and raise much needed funds for the work of Open Arms Malawi!

Blue Edinburgh Marathon Festival logoEdinburgh Marathon course map

The Route

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.

You'll then pass 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 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, 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 finish line ahead - the greatest sight for any marathon runner!

With a descent of almost 90 metres to near sea level, it is believed that this is the fastest marathon route in the world.

Marathon runners running past Gothic buildings

What else can you expect from this incredible running experience?

Participants will also receive;

  • Wicking finisher's t-shirt
  • Finisher's medal & distance keyring
  • Finisher's pack
  • Personalised event number with accurate timing chip
  • Event baggage facilities
  • Hydration & energy gel on route
  • Hydration & nutrition at the finish
  • Results posted in your account within 48 hours
Emf Medals


If you would like a spot in the marathon in exchange for your fabulous fundraising efforts, or would like to discuss other EMF running options, please do get in touch using the 'register your interest' button at the top of this page or by emailing hello@openarmsmalawi.org and one of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Alternatively, you can request a direct charity entry from us by setting up a My Running account and selecting Open Arms Malawi as your chosen charity. 

Go on - challenge yourself!

Lots of marathon runners surrounded by hills

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