The Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2023: All Details

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2023 is a highly anticipated annual event as it attracts huge crowds falling second only to the London Marathon. It started in 1986 and has since run consistently every year since 2003, gaining its prestigious IAAF Bronze Label rank in the process.

The Edinburgh Marathon 2023 is slated to start at 10:00 am on Sunday, May 28, 2023. This year's event will host 40,000 participants and over 100000+ mammoth crowd to cheer and electrify the event.

Course Record

Much is expected from this fast and flat course as elite runners attempt to break the course record set in 2018 by Kenya's Joel Kiptoo, who ran a time of 2:13:33. The women's history is currently held by the Russian Zinaida Semenova, who stopped the clock at 2:33;36 in 2005.

The Edinburgh Marathon 2023 route remains unchanged from previous events and will start at the usual City Centre and head out towards East Lothian, ending at Musselburgh, East Lothian. 

You can expect a vibrant crowd along all the predetermined nine race routes.

Entry Fee/ Registration

Registration is ongoing and will conclude once all the slots have been sold out. The standard entry fee starts from £66.00. You can see more details on the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Official Website

Course Record

Qualification Criteria

There are two ways you can register to participate in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2023.

Top club

All participants need to have proof of running a standard marathon time starting from January 1, 2022. Top club slots are only applicable to British runners.

● Male: Sub 2:40:00

● Female: Sub 3:00:00 

Good for age

Good for age categorizes athletes based on their age. All participants should have run the set time as of January 1, 2022. Check the official website for age qualifications.


All Edinburgh full Marathon 2023 entries are non-refundable. You can't also transfer or defer to run at future events.

Cut-off Time

The Cut-off time is 6.5 hours after the last runner crosses the start line. If you can't complete the race within this period, you can board the sweeper bus that'll take you to the finish line.

You can continue running the race but on the pavement as the roads will have re-opened. 

Any runner finishing the race after the cut-off time won't be eligible for a medal or the finisher's pack.

Qualification Criteria

Bib and Race pack

All runners with UK addresses will have their race pack and bib numbers delivered before the event day. Overseas runners should collect their race pack and bib numbers at the event station on race day. 

Edinburgh Marathon 2023 Entry Fee Benefits

● Finisher's pack

● Finisher's T-shirt

● Finisher's Keyring and medal

● Online results within 48 hours after the race

● Event facilities 

● Hydration and nutrition 

Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2023 Prize List

Prize winners will be notified via email within four weeks after the marathon. Prizes for males and females are the same for the marathon distance.

● 1st £1000 Cash + £500 Charity donation

● 2nd £700 Cash + £300 Charity donation

● 3rd £350 Cash + £150 Charity donation

● 4th £150 Cash + £50 Charity donation

● 5th £70 Cash + £25 Charity donation

Contact Information

● Edinburgh marathon festival

● Phone Number: 00 44 (0)1620 890 444 

● Fax Number: 00 44 (0)1620 890 787 

● Email: 

● Official Race Website: http://www.edinburghmarathon.

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