10K
Sat 25 May 2024 Edinburgh, UK

Edinburgh 10K

This event kicks off the Edinburgh Marathon Festival weekend in style, in the stunning surroundings of Holyrood Park on a route with striking panoramic views of the city and Edinburgh Castle.

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  • Sat 25 May 2024
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

10K

09:00

£34

Age 15 & over

  • 10 km road running

Overview

Scotland's biggest running festival!

40,000 people every year come to the event to enjoy the picturesque views, iconic landmarks and vibrant culture of its stunning capital.

The weekend celebration of running features a range of beautiful routes from the city centre's famous Holyrood Park, including fun runs and 5Ks right up to the headline marathon itself which sells out every year.

Runners and spectators can enjoy panoramic views over the city, Edinburgh Castle and along the East Lothian coastline too.

Highlights

  • fastest marathon in the UK

    Edinburgh Marathon has previously been voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runner’s World and is Scotland's largest mass participation sports event.

  • Bank Holiday festival

    Enjoy a weekend in Scotland's beautiful capital city with events for all ages and abilities with an inclusive focus and uplifting crowd support.

  • landmarks and coast

    With Edinburgh Castle as the stunning backdrop, the routes feature striking panoramic views of the city, historic buildings and the East Lothian coastline.

  • Nine stunning races

    All events benefit from the capital's historic streets and stunning green spaces.

This event is part of Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

Event video

  • All fitness levels
  • Event village
  • Families
  • Fancy dress
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Teams
  • Wheelchair users

Saturday events

  • 09:00 | 10K
  • 11:00 | 5K
  • 12:00 | Junior 5K
  • 13:00 | 2K Junior
  • 13:30 | 1.5K Junior 
  • 14:00 | Kids Kilometre

Sunday events

  • 08:00 | Half Marathon
  • 10:00 | Marathon
  • 10:00 | Hairy Haggis Team Relay

  • Bag storage
  • Cafe
  • Changing facilities
  • Coast
  • Park
  • Rural
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ

Dynamic Earth
Holyrood Road
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
EH8 8AS
UK

The Scottish capital is renowned for its heritage and culture, with medieval architecture and cobbled streets helping to create a spellbinding atmosphere. It's the perfect setting for an active festival of running, with each route taking full advantage of its stunning location.

The Edinburgh Marathon Festival offers an ideal opportunity to explore the historic streets on closed roads and enjoy a Bank Holiday weekend in the Scottish capital.

runners

  • Cut off time
  • Distance markers
  • First aid
  • Marshals
  • Out and back
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Traffic free
  • Undulating
  • Water stations
  • Wave start

Route highlights

  • Starting from Dynamic Earth, at the edge of Holyrood Park
  • Heading east, you'll pass the tranquil Dunsapie Loch
  • Continue along Queen's Drive before enjoying a loop around Duddingston Loch
  • Enjoy incredible views of the towering Salisbury Crags
  • Arrive to a rapturous welcome at the finish line in the shadow of Arthur's Seat
EMF 10K route map
EDINBURGH MARATHON FESTIVAL 10K
A scenic route taking place in Holyrood Park.

Route description

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

Runners start on Queens Drive with a 200m downhill section before heading past the steep sides of Arthurs Seat on your right and Dynamic Earth, The Scottish Parliament and Holyrood Palace on your left. Continuing on towards the 1km mark you will pass St. Margaret’s Loch before starting the ascent around the east side of Arthurs Seat.

As you continue the clockwise route around this famous old volcano, you will pass Dunsapie Loch at around 2.5km. Now on the far side of Arthur’s seat at 3km runners can enjoy spectacular views of Duddingston Loch below and across the southside of Edinburgh and beyond towards the Pentland Hills. Approaching the 4km marker you will enjoy a panoramic view of the City.

The route then doubles back on itself along Duddingston Low Road at 5km and through Duddingston Village at 6km. The route joins the Innocent Railway Road through 7km and 8km and then heads back up onto Queens Drive. Passing the 9km it’s now downhill all the way, back through the Start Line again and the final 250m dash to the cheering crowds and the finish line on Holyrood Gait.

The cut off time for the 10K is 1 hour 30 minutes (from when the back of the race crosses the start line).

  • Public transport links
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability policy

Sustainability overview

This event is committed to minimising the impact it has on the local environment, implemented in the following ways:

  • Online entries rather than paper forms
  • Marketing material online rather than flyers and posters
  • Runner information online rather than printed
  • Public transport encouraged
  • Communication with residents and business regarding road closures, to reduce traffic congestion
  • Reduce noise pollution
  • All waste collected and recycled/repurposed wherever possible
  • Unused food donated to food bank

  • Chip timing
  • Medal
  • Technical t-shirt

Included

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

Charity places

These charities have places in the event. To secure your place, select a charity, complete the form and follow the instructions.

International

WaterAid

Providing clean water and decent toilets to everyone, everywhere.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Bespoke training plan
  • Pro training advice
  • Training guide
  • Online training zone
  • Dedicated contact
  • Pre-event training sessions

Sign up
£20

Fundraise
£150

Animals

Cats Protection

For a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

  • Running vest
  • Personalised running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Dedicated contact
  • Certificate
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

Sign up
£15

Fundraise
£150

Cancer

Prostate Cancer UK

Funding research to stop prostate cancer killing men.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Bespoke training plan
  • Pro training advice
  • Training guide
  • Online training zone
  • Dedicated contact
  • Exclusive social group
  • Certificate

Sign up
£10

Fundraise
£100

Free sign up Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support

No one should have to face cancer alone.

  • T-shirt
  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training guide
  • Cheer squad on the day

Sign up
FREE

Fundraise
£150

Heart

British Heart Foundation

Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer but the BHF is leading the fight against it.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Training guide
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£10

Fundraise
£150

Cancer

Blood Cancer UK

The blood cancer research charity.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Pro training advice
  • Training guide

Sign up
£10

Fundraise
£150

Health and Medical

MS Society

For a world free from the effects of MS.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£10

Fundraise
£150

Health and Medical

Parkinson's UK

Find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinsonโ€™s.

  • Technical t-shirt
  • Personalised running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials

Sign up
£20

Fundraise
£100

Free sign up Heart

Cardiomyopathy UK

Providing information and support to sufferers of this incurable disease which could affect anyone of any age.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
FREE

Fundraise
£150

Cancer

Target Ovarian Cancer

Raise awareness, fund research and save lives.

  • T-shirt
  • Technical t-shirt
  • Running vest
  • Personalised running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£15

Fundraise
£125

Children

Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity

Supporting every baby, child, young person and family in Edinburgh's Children's Hospital to help make time spent in hospital better.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£10

Fundraise
£150

Health and Medical

Stroke Association

Rebuilding lives after stroke.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact
  • Cheer squad on the day
  • Exclusive social group
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

Sign up
£10

Fundraise
£150

Children

NSPCC

Every childhood is worth fighting for.

  • Personalised running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Bespoke training plan
  • Pro training advice
  • Training guide
  • Online training zone
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£10

Fundraise
£150

  • Age 15 & over
  • Entries open
  • Charity entries open
  • Charity places
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available
  • Race pack by post
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Entry fees

Entry fee

£34.00

... I really enjoyed the event. It was well organised and I liked the course which started up by the university and then had a 5 mile downhill run through the city to the coast, followed by an out and back coastal section which was pretty flat.

Really enjoyed this run. Beautiful settings and a fantastic atmosphere.

It's true that this is a perfect race for chasing PBs - I got one today and I hadn't trained as much as I should have.

Couldn’t have picked a better location for my first marathon! Amazing atmosphere with super helpful marshals and wonderful support from spectators especially the welcoming locals who utterly emmersed themselves in the event and were out in their hundreds. Topped off by lovely finish crew who didn’t mind being hugged and sobbed over ecstatically!! and the most beautiful medal and lovely (perfectly fitted) finishers shirt! The route itself took you through lovely historical parts of the city and then out across the gorgeous coast before returning to the city for a rapturous welcome (despite the crazy headwind sclong the final four miles!) Terrific choice of route and I bet an experienced marathoner could get quite a pace as it’s relatively flat. A most excellent event and definitely one to recommend!

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