Edinburgh Marathon Festival 2023


Voted The Fastest Marathon in the UK


Established in 2003, Edinburgh Marathon Festival is Scotland’s largest mass participation running event, with over 35,000 runners and 100,000 spectators enjoying nine different race distances over two days. From the 5k, held in the stunning Holyrood Park, to the one of the UK’s fastest marathons, there’s something for everyone.


Run for The Soldiers’ Charity

We have places in the full marathon, half marathon, hairy haggis relay, 10k, 5k and kids races. We will provide you with support for your fundraising and one of our fantastic running vests (you will be sent a voucher code for this following successful registration).

If you would like to register to run for us, please click on the Register Now tab above (or use the button at the bottom of the page). Team ABF places are normally over-subscribed, so act fast if you want to take part!

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Fundraising Support

Following registration, you will be guided through the set up of your personalised fundraising page. All eligible donations made this way will automatically add Gift Aid (if a UK taxpayer), therefore increasing each donation by 25%. We can also provide forms for offline donations and help with additional fundraising ideas. If you would prefer to use another online platform, such as Just Giving, we can guide you through the process. We are here to help!


While the Edinburgh Marathon Festival is a fun event, it is important to train. There are numerous guides available, such as this informative article from Runner’s World.

On the Day

The Soldiers’ Charity will be in the Charity Village at the finish line to congratulate you.  We will have physiotherapists to offer a post run massage and snacks to get the energy levels back up

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, contact us via email or phone on 0131 376 4008.

Your Privacy Matters

Of course, we will need to communicate with you about this event, after that it is up to you. The application form allows you to choose how (or if) we communicate with you in the future. We value your privacy; our full privacy statement can be found here.

To register as a Charity Entry, click here!

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  1. Select Run for Charity, select Affiliated Charities – choose ABF The Soldiers’ Charity from the list.
  2. Select which race you want to run.
  3. Enter your information and submit the form.
  4. EMF’s organisers will then ask us to confirm your application.  After this, we will email you to confirm the entry fee and fundraising details.  Then you just need to transfer your entry fee to us and we will approve your application.

Once you have successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation email which will include a fundraising pack and an electronic copy of the Terms and Conditions. Shortly after, you will be sent a voucher code to get your free charity running vest; you may also claim a free eco-wristband and eco-pen.

If you have any problems with registering, please get in touch with our Scotland Office by email.

Got a place already?

You may already have a Standard Entry (i.e. your own) place, however we would love you to be in our team too. There’s no additional registration fee and no minimum sponsorship required, and we’ll support your entire marathon journey. Contact us by email for more information.

Terms and Conditions

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We try to keep our Terms and Conditions as simple as possible, but we do have a responsibility to protect the interests of the Charity, and you. If you have any queries regarding these Terms and Conditions, please do email us.


If you wish to run as a Charity Entry in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival and raise funds for our charity, you will be asked to raise a minimum sponsorship target.

If you have any questions, please email or call 0131 376 4008.

For more information on how we value your privacy, click here.

Volunteering Opportunities

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We rely on our fantastic volunteers to help with our fundraising efforts, and the Edinburgh Marathon Festival is no different.


If you have someone running, or if you simply want to put a smile on someone’s face, please get in touch with us by email or give us a call – we would love to have you on board!

The more volunteers we have the more cheering points we have to support our amazing runners, a little encouragement goes a long way.

So that you will stand out from the crowd, we will provide you with one of our bold new t-shirts!


Volunteer Now!


If you would like to volunteer or fundraise in a different way for other events, please do get in touch with us!

Contact Us

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If you need any further help or assistance, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us in the Scotland Office:

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

The Castle



scotland@soldierscharity.org or telephone 0131 376 4008