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5 March 2014
The Castle had over 1.4 million visitors for the first time in its history in 2013. In fact, Edinburgh Castle was the number one paid-for visitor attraction in Scotland last year and the most visited paid-for attraction outside London. Another great reason to enter the Edinburgh Marathon Festival! With the Castle as a stunning backdrop and so many other fantastic attractions to visit like Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh Museum now's the perfect time to sign up!
3 March 2014
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival was sad to learn today of the cancellation of the Edinburgh Rock 'n' Roll half marathon on June 29th and would like to reassure all runners entered to take part in the Edinburgh Half Marathon this year on May 25th that their entry remains unaffected.
Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival director, said: “The Edinburgh Marathon Half Marathon on 25th May is going ahead as planned. It remains an important element of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival and we look forward to delivering another world class event."
It was voted third best country to head to, behind Brazil which took the top spot and Antarctica which came second. Lonely Planet said Scotland's "jam-packed schedule of world-class events" made it "the place to be" in 2014.The Commonwealth Games take place in Glasgow next summer. The Ryder Cup will be held at Gleneagles and next year is also Scotland's Year of Homecoming.The book also cited Highland Games and the Edinburgh festivals as events that will draw travellers to Scotland next year, and it said the country's cities were well worth a visit.For more click here
Organisers of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival yesterday revealed they’re delighted to team up with Homecoming Scotland, playing a key part in an exciting one-year programme of events and activities designed to showcase all that is great about Scotland...read more
29 May 2013
Kenyan runner Japhet Koech was able to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon this year thanks to crowdfunding – and despite a disappointing race, it was a remarkable experience...read more
27 May 2013
RUNNERS can star in Scotland’s most spectacular sporting year by signing up for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2014.
Entries open today for Scotland’s largest running event on Saturday May 24 and Sunday May 25 2014, with early birds snapping up a discount and the chance to book a 2014 race at 2013 prices. The festival, which is expected to attract more than 30,000 runners, will kick off an extraordinary year of sport in Scotland with a line-up that includes the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July and golf’s 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September...read more
26 May 2013
SCOTLAND’S biggest running event was at the heart of a spectacular sporting weekend with more than 29,000 people taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.
In glorious sunshine, runners from more than 100 countries set off from the city centre today (Sunday, May 26) to take on the world’s fastest marathon course...read more
25 May 2013
SCOTLAND’S biggest running festival got off to a fabulous start today as thousands of people took part in races in glorious sunshine at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh.
The first of the two- day event in the capital saw engineer Bryan Mackie set a new course record, racing to the finish line at the 10K, in just 33 minutes and 53 seconds. The Edinburgh Athletics club runner was elated to win the race for the THIRD year in a row...read more
21 May 2013
Edinburgh Airport is working with a local artist to help encourage passengers to get into the running spirit ahead of this weekend's Edinburgh Marathon Festival.
Damian Callan has installed 'The Dalry marathon', a 10-metre charcoal sketch of runners and spectators, in the airport's departure lounge. The installation coincides fittingly with the Edinburgh Marathon Festival which takes place this Saturday and Sunday...read more
Anna Chesterman, the sister of the first Bristol soldier to be killed in Afghanistan, talks to David Clensy as she prepares to take part in the Edinburgh marathon in memory of her brother...read more
2nd April 2013
Crowds at the Edinburgh Marathon will be seeing double when two sets of identical twins take on the Edinburgh Marathon relay to raise cash for a charity that helped their families.
Eilidh and Rachel Walker, and Hannah and Rachel Lambert, 20, from Edinburgh, hope to help Macmillan Cancer Support raise a massive £600,000 from the two-day Edinburgh Marathon Festival on May 25 and 26...read more
24th September 2012
Edinburgh Marathon has joined the world’s elite road races by becoming the first in Scotland to be officially recognised by the IAAF, the athletics governing body.
Scotland’s capital joins cities including London, New York, Tokyo and Paris to earn the prestigious road race label from the International Association of Athletics Federations. The elite scheme was started in 2008 to recognise top road races. For a chance of winning an award, races are judged by strict criteria including the quality of the field of athletes, race organisation, safety standards and international TV coverage. The IAAF bronze label now awarded to the Edinburgh Marathon puts the race among the top 75 in the world making it a pivotal part of the sporting calendar for runners...read more
Sun 27th May 2012
SCOTLAND’S biggest running event, which celebrates its 10th anniversary, saw a record-breaking 23,000 take part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival today.
In glorious sunshine, runners from more than 100 countries set off from the heart of Edinburgh to take on the UK’s fastest marathon course.
They included 101-year-old Fauja Singh, the world’s oldest marathon runner who crossed the line in an incredible five hours and 23 seconds, as part of a four-man relay race, Sikhs in the City....read more.
The Met Office currently predicts it is likely to be between 13C and 16C in the Scottish capital this weekend as more than 27,000 runners take part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.
But if the weather conditions are hot then it is essential that runners keep hydrated during the race. More than 167,525 plastic 330ml bottles of water are supplied by Strathmore Spring Water along the course for the EMF races. They're available at every 5K of the route...read more
'Love on the run' Daily Record Feature
October 20th, 2011 (Thursday) - please click here to read (pdf)
September 1st 2011
The sporting legend powered home in 1hr 27 minutes at the Meadowbank stadium in Edinburgh, during an event to launch the official opening of entries for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2012. And as he crossed the finish line he issued a rallying call for people of all ages to get in shape...read more
Sunday 22nd May
After battling their way to debut wins in today's Edinburgh Marathon both the men's and women's champions expressed gratitude for the on course support that helped them to victory.
Phil Nicholls overcame a severe bout of cramp that briefly forced him to stop running a mile from home, while Sarah Harris also admitted to finding the going tough as they both emerged triumphant in their first competitive outings over this distance.
Twenty-seven-year-old Nicholls won in a time of 2 hrs 19 mins 22 secs, exactly a minute ahead of Scottish and British internationalist Martin Williams, a former Edinburgh champion with whom he trains at the Tipton Harriers club in the English Midlands...read more
Monday 13 December 2010
Geoff Sims, the founder of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival has passed away at the age of 46.
The man who was responsible for making the Edinburgh Marathon the biggest mass participation running event in Scotland and the second largest marathon in the UK died from cancer on Friday 10 December.
On behalf of the EMF team, Race Director Neil Kilgour said, “We as a team have been privileged to have worked with and had as a friend a loving individual who will be very much missed by us all.
“His legacy is the positive impact that he had on all who worked with him as well as the knowledge that he has put in place a team that will continue to deliver world class events that raise significant money for the charity sector.”
Geoff’s inspirational leadership has seen the Edinburgh Marathon grow from attracting 3,000 participants in 2003 to become one of the biggest events in the nation’s capital, which is on target to reach a new total of 30,000 entrants taking part in a weekend festival of running events in May 2011.
Born and bred in Derbyshire, living latterly in North Berwick for the past 10 years, he was also responsible for developing a new race distance, the Kilomathon series which has taken place in England and Scotland as well as a number of other races hosted across the UK.
Starting his career working with Youth and Homeless Charities, Geoff’s forte was helping charities with their fundraising activity. Having raised in excess of £3 million annually for over 380 charitable causes in recent years, his events continue to raise revenue and support for charities such as Oxfam, Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Hope for Children, and Rainbow’s Children Hospice.
Geoff leaves behind his parents, sisters, brothers, partner Lorna and his children Michael, Rebekah and Joe.
The funeral will take place in Derby on Tues 21 Dec at 1.45pm at the Community Church, The Riverside Centre, Riverside Rd, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8HY. Followed by cremation at 3.20pm Markeaton Crematorium, Markeaton Lane, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 4NH.
No flowers by request, donations to the Alzheimer Society in Derby.
Building 20, Mason's Place Business Park,
Nottingham Road, Derby, DE21 6AQ
Tel: 01332 208845
Saturday 11th December 2010
The average woman’s Christmas shopping is equivalent to running more than a full marathon. Women spend an average of 11 hours shopping over the festive period, covering over 27 miles and burning a whopping 2870 calories.
Oxfam is taking to the streets of Edinburgh this Saturday to encourage shoppers to put their Christmas-shopping energy to use and start training for the Edinburgh marathon.
Oxfam is the official charity partner for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2011, which takes place on May 21 and 22. On Saturday December 11 the Oxfam running team will be in Marks and Spencer's Princes Street store supporting shoppers as they complete their pre-Christmas marathon.
Suzanne Bayliss, Edinburgh Marathon Festival Project Manager says:
“I want to show that running requires a similar level of planning and stamina to Christmas shopping. People do the Christmas shop without thinking about it, but many people don't think they have what it takes to complete a marathon. Running a marathon isn’t unachievable regardless of what you may think, it just takes determination.”
Shoppers will be encouraged to sign up for one of the festival's many running events ranging from 5K to a full marathon. They will be greeted by a Green Santa, encourage by Oxfam volunteers and can enjoy free massages to ease their tired shoulders and weary feet. Oxfam provide the same support- minus the Santa- to marathon runners on race day.
Tuesday 1st June 2010
Following last month’s record-breaking eighth running of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Oxfam will become the event’s principal charity partner for the next three years.
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival organisers are delighted that Oxfam, one of the world’s most renowned charities ... READ MORE
Sunday 23rd May 2010
An ecstatic Steve Littler exceeded his own expectations by winning the eighth Edinburgh Marathon today after overhauling long-time leader Phil Hinch in the closing stages of a gruelling race.
The 36-year-old joiner who runs out of the Wesham club admitted he felt his chance had gone when he saw Hinch pulling away but upped his effort after gaining encouragement from a spectator who told him his rival was suffering badly in the heat.
"I thought the race was over when I could see him (Hinch) as I passed the power station and reckoned there was a two minute gap. However I was then told by one of the spectators that he had stopped and that there was only a minute between us. At the 25 mile-ish mark I felt he he was coming back to me but.....READ MORE.
Friday 21 May 2010
International athletes are among the leading contenders in both men's events at Sunday's eighth Edinburgh Marathon Festival.
While English internationalist Mathew Pierson has the fastest personal best among the challengers in the Marathon, his fellow Yorkshireman David Webb will be the favourite in the Half Marathon.....read more.
Wednesday 19 May 2010
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival and STV have teamed up to bring viewers an exclusive peak time documentary, looking at six inspirational runners' stories and featuring footage from the race itself. Everyone's A Winner will air on STV at 7.30pm on Monday 24 May.
Presented by TV and radio presenter, Bryan Burnett, Everyone's A Winner will feature interviews with....read more.
Tuesday 18 May 2010
This month's Edinburgh Marathon Festival (May 23) has attracted yet another record entry with around 23,500 runners planning to hit the streets of the capital. Scotland's biggest running event - second only to the London Marathon in the UK - the Festival will play host to the Scottish Half Marathon and the increasingly popular Hairy Haggis Team Relay Marathon as well as the Edinburgh Marathon itself.....read more.
Monday 17 May 2010
Edinburgh Marathon has teamed up with new transport sponsor Citylink to keep Scotland’s largest mass participation running event on track later this month. The Edinburgh Marathon Festival is on course to break its previous record of entrants and Citylink, will play a pivotal role in assisting runners as well as spectators travelling around Scotland’s capital.....read more.
Thursday 13 May 2010
Celebrity spotting will add to the fun for both participants and spectators at this year's Edinburgh Marathon Festival. Gregor Townsend, the former Scotland and British Lions international rugby player who is now an assistant coach with the national side....read more.
Thursday 6 May 2010
Legendary athlete Ron Hill will mark the 40th anniversary of his greatest triumph when he re-traces his steps by taking part in this month's Edinburgh Marathon (23 May).
The Lancastrian, whose name is synonymous with distance running, recorded a then world record time of 2:09:28, in becoming the first man ever to break the 2 min 10 sec barrier, when winning the Commonwealth Games title in the Scottish capital in 1970....read more.
Wednesday 9 May 2010
Aberdeenshire runner Michael Stephen has battled through extraordinary conditions, even surviving a bird strike in his bid to get to the starting line for this month’s Edinburgh marathon.
Having endured one of the coldest winters on record whilst training for his first ever marathon in Scotland’s capital, Stephen has stayed bravely with his schedule even after being subjected to injuries from a territorial bird of prey....read more.