EMF 2014 Pre-race FAQs    
  1. How can I tell if my entry is approved? 
    Please click here to view information on your My Details account.
  2. Are there still places available for the marathon?
    Standard entries for the full marathon and the 5k have now officially closed. Well done to everyone who managed to secure a place.
  3. When will I receive my running number?
    UK and European based runners will receive their running number with embedded timing chip in the post by mid May. For EMF Team Relay runners, all four numbers will be sent to the address of the team captain who should then take responsibility for distributing the numbers to their team members. If you have not received your running number by the Monday of race week please log into your My Details account and click the 'I have not received running number' button. You can then pick up a replacement from Dynamic Earth. Runners who have registered with an address outside Europe must collect their race number from the help desk at Dynamic Earth. Click here for further information. 
  4. I'm trying to enter the marathon however it keeps asking me for a password, how do I enter?
    Entries for the full marathon have now closed. You're trying to enter as and Elite or Top Club entry, which is password protected. 
  5. Is there a reserve list for the marathon?
    No, we don't have a reserve list for places.
  6. Can I transfer my place to another runner wanting to do the same race?
    No. Unfortunately the transfer deadline has now passed and this is no longer possible. Please click here for more information on transfers and withdrawals.
  7. Can I transfer my place to another race (eg Marathon to Half)?
    No, please click here for more information on transfers and withdrawals.

  8. I am injured or I want to withdraw/transfer my place, what do I do? 
    Just log into your account and press the withdrawal link under your entry. Entry fees are non-refundable. Entries CANNOT be transferred to a future event. Click here for more information.
  9. I am an EMF Team Relay captain, can I amend the details of members in my team?
    Yes - As team captain you cannot change your own details but you can change the details of members in your team. This can be done by logging in to your 'My Details' account. Please ensure that you make any changes where necessary so that we have accurate information for your team.            
  10. When can I download my Race Instructions and Bus Tickets?
    You can download your Final Race Instructions and Bus Tickets from Wednesday 14th May from your My Details account. 
  11. I want to enter more than one person - is this possible? 
    It is, however you need to create a separate 'My Details' account for each runner and use a separate password for each entrant.
  12. I haven't received my confirmation email, what should I do?
    Firstly, please check your spam. If you still can't find it then please contact us using the contact form below. If you do find an email from us in your spam, please mark it as 'not spam' or as a 'favourite' to ensure that our communications get through to you.
  13. I can't remember my password. 
    If you have forgotten your password please click here and use the reset password function on the log in page. 
  14. Is there a cut-off time for the marathon/half marathon?
    Yes, the events operate a strict maximum cut off time of 6 hours 30 minutes for the full marathon and 3 hours 15 minutes for the half marathon. The events are serious athletics endurance races which require a large amount of appropriate training and preparation in order to complete safely. Therefore we strongly discourage participants who do not intend to complete the course within these time limits. Any runner who does not complete the course within the time limit will not be permitted to complete the race and will not receive a result. a sweeper bus follows the race at 6 hour 30 minute pace for the full and 3 hour 15 minute pace for the half and if you are passed by the sweeper bus at any point and for any reason, you will be asked to get onto the bus which will transport you back to the finish area at the earliest possible opportunity. If you decide not to get onto the sweeper bus, your running number is recorded and you are removed from the race, from this point onwards you will be continuing independently of the event and at your own risk. You will be recorded as a DNF within the results of the event.

  15. Is there a cut-off time for the 10K and 5K events?
    Yes, the cut off time for the 10K is 1 hour 45 minutes and the cut off time for the 5K is 1 hour.  A sweeper bus follows the back of the race at this pace and if you are passed by the sweeper bus at any point and for any reason, you will be asked to get onto the bus which will transport you back to the finish area at the earliest possible opportunity. If you decide not to get onto the sweeper bus, your running number is recorded and you are removed from the race, from this point onwards you will be continuing independently of the event and at your own risk. You will be recorded as a DNF within the results of the event.

  16. Can I take part using a wheelchair or handbike?
    Yes. the Edinburgh Marathon Festival is an inclusive festival of running and we welcome entries from wheelchair and handbike users across all of our races. There are no separate wheelchair or handbike races, anyone entering the events will be included within the mass field for their respective race.

    Anyone taking part in a wheelchair or handbike must be self propelled for the entire race, therefore, participants in electric wheelchairs and individuals being pushed by a friend/colleague are not permitted on the course.

    We will do everything that we can to accommodate wheelchair and handbike users but there are also time limits which all entrants must stay within. Any entrants who are predicted to complete the course significantly ahead of the elite field can unfortunately not be accommodated on the course as the event operates on roads which are closed for a limited period of time and would not provide a safe route to anyone significantly ahead of the elite field. There are also maximum time limits for all races which are outlined above. These times are designed to be as inclusive as possible but anyone entering an event must be able to stay within the time limit as key course facilities such as closed roads, hydration stations and toilets cannot remain in place indefinitely.

    As event organisers we will ensure that we can accept entrants from wheelchair and handbike users across all events wherever possible but there may be some circumstances in which this isn't possible. If you are unsure as to whether the factors outlined above will impact upon your entry, please contact our event team using the contact form at the bottom of this page and we will be happy to help.

  17. Can I run in any of the EMF events pushing a pram, buggy or wheelchair?
    No. We only permit runners and self propelled wheelchairs on the EMF routes. Please do not plan to take part pushing any objects or carrying small children as this is not permitted. 

  18. When will I receive my merchandise?
    Official EMF items will be delivered within 3 weeks of your order. Overseas deliveries may take longer. To exchange/return any goods, please see our Merchandise Returns Policy here. No online orders will be taken between May 16th and post race weekend. Bus tickets are downloadable from your My Details account within two weeks of the race.
  19. When will I receive my results?
    All your personal data and information, including your running times, are treated with great respect. As such your result information is exclusively available to you within your My Details account after you have completed the race. We will only openly publish the top 10 finishers of each race. You will need to log in to get your times, splits and finishing position within the race. You can then choose to share this information as you see fit. They are your results and times.
  20. Can I update my details (address, password, predicted time etc)?
    You can update your address and password by logging in to My Details and clicking the 'Contact Info' button. To update your predicted time, log in to your My Details account and click on 'Alter Entry'. For UK runners your race number will get posted to address we have on the system on 1st March 2014. Click here for more info on your My Details account.
  21. Can I wear my MP3 player? 
    This event is run under Scottish Athletics rules and therefore MP3 players or other devices plugged into the ear are not permitted whilst running for reasons of health & safety, both yours and other competitors. When you wear such a device you are unable to hear other competitors, cars, bicycles or marshals instructions

  22. How do I purchase a bus ticket?
    You will be able to purchase bus tickets at the point of entry or by visiting the online shop which is available in the menu on the left of your screen.  You will be able to download and print your bus ticket from your My Details account in mid May.

  23. Can you give me some information about travel options on race day?
    YES we can!  Please click here to go to our transport page.
  24. Where are the hydration (water/energy) stations on course?
    Click here to view where the hydration stations are for the marathon, relay and half marathon?  There will be High5 Energy gels at the energy stations.  There will not be energy drinks.
  25. Are there Pacers/ Pace setters at this event?
    NO. There are no pacers at this event.
  26. Can I use my half marathon runner or spectator ticket on the full marathon return bus journey?
    This will be permitted if there is adequate capacity on the later buses however those with full marathon runner or spectator bus tickets will be given priority. Buses will stop operating at 5:30pm. Please note that these buses are very busy and that it is your choice whether you wish risk trying to access a later bus.
  27. How can I guarantee that I will be in the same start pen as my friend that I want to run with?
    Unfortunately you can't guarantee it and we can't move you into the same start pen HOWEVER if you select a specific time as your predicted finish time, for example 4 hours 18 minutes, there is a higher chance of being in the same pen than if you select a more commonly selected finish time like 4 hours 30 minutes. All predicted times will be locked in on Friday February 28th and therefore any updates must be completed in advance of this date.
  28. Are dogs allowed on the event buses?
    Only guide dogs will be permitted on the event buses.
  29. I don't want to enter online, can I pay for my entry over the phone or by cheque?
    No. With over 28,000 runners entering EMF races we can't make exceptions to our online entry process.
  30. Can Our Dynamic Earth help me with a question I have about EMF?
    No.  The EMF Hub is based at Dynamic Earth ONLY on the Friday and Saturday of the EMF weekend.  Dynamic Earth staff are not able to give any information about the event, either in person, by email or over the phone.  Please do not contact Dynamic Earth with questions about EMF and instead use our contact form below if your question is not answered in these FAQs or anywhere else on the website.  
  31. I want to enter my child in to one of the junior races - how do I do this?
    What you need to do is create a My Details account for your child and enter them in the same way that you would enter yourself. If you wish to use your email address, you can do, however you would need to make sure that the password is different to your own account.
  32. I have a query regarding the event buses - can Citylink help?
    No.  For information on the event transport, please visit the Transport pages of our website.  If your query is not answered in any of these pages, please use the contact form below.  Citylink should be contacted for any journeys outside our event transportation services.
  33. Are there discounted bus tickets for children?
    No. Children aged 4-15 years must be accompanied by an adult, both travellers must have their own ticket in order to travel.  Babies and small children that can sit on their parents knee do not require their own ticket.
  34. Can I use my Edinburgh Marathon time as a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon? 
    Yes - The Edinburgh Marathon is certified by AIMS and therefore Edinburgh Marathon times can be used when applying for the Boston Marathon.
  35. My running club isn't listed? What should I do?
    If you can't find your running club listed in the drop down menu, please contact us using the form below and we can add it to the list for you. To update your running club at any time, all you need to do is alter your information in the 'My Info' section of your 'My Details' account.
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