This fast, flat and beautifully scenic half marathon route takes you around Holyrood Park with views of Edinburgh Castle.
Once a year, thousands upon thousands of runners descend upon Edinburgh for a weekend of fun, festivities and sweat, all in the name of charity. With a wide range of races and distances on offer, there’s an event to suit runners of all ages and abilities, whatever your training programme.
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, 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.
As you reach Musselburgh, you’ll run past the oldest golf course in the world, before turning back along the coast. You’ll see the beautiful finish line ahead, one of the greatest sights for any runner!
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival has a choice of runs making it open to a wide range of ages and abilities, including:
For one weekend in May, in a city famous for its culture and festivals, running and raising money is the talk of the town. Why not spend the weekend exploring everything Edinburgh has to offer, including this epic running festival!
"Fantastic experience at the Edinburgh half marathon today. Beautiful scenery and wonderful crowds! Well worth the early start!" - Carol L Doherty, Glasgow
Charities depend on the goodwill and effort of their supporters to survive, so make your race day a true cause for celebration by choosing to run the Edinburgh Half Marathon for one of the many worthy causes.
Secure your charity place and fundraise for your chosen cause - choose a charity below to get started.
We support people with dementia in Scotland to make sure nobody faces dementia alone.
Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s national dementia charity providing a 24-hour helpline, dementia resource centres and advisors whilst also funding vital research. Every £9.38 raised can pay for an hour of support from their Freephone Dementia Helpline; £100 could help their Community Activity Organisers run a group like Music Memories or £880 could fund a day of dementia research.
Registered no: SC022315.
Defeating meningitis and septicaemia.
Meningitis is fast acting and devastating. It can kill an otherwise healthy person within 24 hours and kills one in ten people who contract it.
A leading UK and international charity bringing together people and expertise to defeat meningitis and septicaemia wherever it exists.
Funding research into prevention, detection and treatment; providing life-saving awareness and information; and supporting people who have lost a loved one or are coping with after effects.
Registered no: 1091105.
No one should have to face cancer alone.
Macmillan Cancer Support wants to make sure no one has to face cancer alone. A cancer diagnosis can change everything, so we're here to help you with anything from money worries to advice about work, healthcare options to just needing someone to talk to. We're a constant source of support to people affected by cancer and their families and carers.
As treatments improve, more and more people are living with cancer in their daily lives. We fund specialist health care professionals and build cancer care centres to help provide cutting edge support.
We rely completely on our supporters to help us make sure that people facing the toughest fight of their lives don't have to do it alone.
Registered no: 261017.
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Know Diabetes. Fight Diabetes.
Diabetes UK is the charity leading the fight against the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time, creating a world where diabetes can do no harm. Diabetes affects more people than any other serious health condition in the UK - more than dementia and cancer combined. That means we need to take action now. It’s a fight that involves all of us – sharing knowledge and taking diabetes on together until we achieve our vision. Join us.
Registered no: 215199.
The UK’s leading support and research charity for the 850,000 people living with dementia, their families and carers.
Every 3 minutes someone develops dementia, a progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and the ability to carry out the simplest tasks and it can happen to anyone at any time. Your support of Alzheimer's Society directly helps over 100,000 people through their local services across the UK and to fund their commitment to spend £150 million on cutting-edge research over the next decade to improve care and work towards a cure.
Registered no: 296645.
Leading the battle against Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Our mission is to work with all those affected by Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis & other forms of IBD to achieve a better quality of life, improve services, & ultimately find a cure.
Registered no: 1117148.
Every childhood is worth fighting for.
Together we can help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives. Together we can protect children at risk. And, together, we can find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening.
We change the law. We visit schools across the country, helping children understand what abuse is. And, through our Childline service, we give young people a voice when no one else will listen.
But all this is only possible with your support.
Every pound raised, every petition you sign, every minute of your time, will help make sure we can fight for every childhood.
Registered no: 216401/SC037717.
Providing clean water and decent toilets to everyone, everywhere
Extreme poverty won't end until everyone, everywhere has clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. WaterAid is determined to achieve this within a generation and change peoples lives for good.
Registered no: 288701 / SC039479.
Send a Cow transforms the lives of Africa's poorest families by making real and lasting change.
Since the charity's founding farmers first sent cows to Uganda in 1988, Send A Cow has grown to help over two million people across six African countries. They provide education, livestock and support to families to enable them to support themselves from the land and start a chain of helping others in their local communities.
£66 could provide two goats, giving two families nutritious milk and manure for a thriving garden.
Registered no: 299717.
Together we can find and fund the bold ideas that will one day cure cancer.
We are a charity which funds research into any type of cancer anywhere in the world.
We fund projects in the world’s best research institutions. We fund some of the world’s most diverse and unexpected projects. We fund world-renowned specialists and up and coming talent. We do all those things for one very good reason - to gain a global perspective. Because research doesn’t happen in isolation. The answers will not come from one scientist, in one lab, in one country.
This worldwide research will enhance our understanding of cancer and help us find and develop better, more effective treatments. Treatments personalised to your unique needs. Treatments you, your family or your family’s family may rely on in the future.
To realise our vision of no life cut short by cancer the research can never stop. Join our team today to keep it going.
Registered no: SC022918.
Help us be there for young people who need us.
Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. We’re the only charity dedicated to providing expert care and support from the moment they hear the word cancer. We treat them as young people first, cancer patients second and everything we do aims to improve their quality of life and chances of survival.
Registered no: 1062559.
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