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Edinburgh Marathon

Date 25 May 2025
Location Edinburgh
Registration fee £20
Minimum fundraising £550

Fast & Flat: Voted the UK’s fastest marathon by Runners World, the Edinburgh Marathon is ideal for first-timers and personal best seekers. It has sold out every year since 2008 and ranks as the second largest marathon in the UK, just behind London. 

As you race through Scotland’s capital city, enjoy these picturesque highlights along the route: 

  • Arthur’s Seat: An ancient volcanic hill with panoramic views. 
  • Royal Mile: Historic street flanked by centuries-old buildings, including St. Giles Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle. 
  • Scottish Parliament Building: Breathtaking architecture. 
  • Princes Street Gardens: Lush green space with glimpses of the Scott Monument. 
  • Holyrood Palace: Official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, surrounded by beautiful gardens. 
  • Portobello Promenade: Coastal views as you head east. 
  • Musselburgh: Pass the world’s oldest golf course en route to Gosford House, an imposing neo-classical mansion. 
  • Finish Line: A memorable sight awaits! 

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Why run for Royal Voluntary Service?

  • Impactful fundraising: By raising funds, you directly contribute to Royal Voluntary Service’s mission of supporting people in hospitals and communities across the UK. Your efforts help provide friendship, coordination of events, and practical assistance to those who need it most. 
  • Dedicated support: Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a first-timer, Royal Voluntary Service stands by your side throughout your journey. Expect fundraising ideas, motivational tips, and Royal Voluntary Service materials to ensure your fundraising success. 
  • Race day gear: As an Royal Voluntary Service runner, you’ll receive a free running vest to proudly wear on race day. 
  • Fundraising guidance: Royal Voluntary Service provides dedicated support to help you reach your fundraising target. Regular emails and communication keep you informed and motivated leading up to the event. 

Already have a place in the Edinburgh Marathon?

If you’re lucky enough to secure your place directly with the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, we’d love for you to join Team Royal Voluntary Service. There’s no minimum fundraising target; we simply ask that you raise as much as you can. Let our fundraising team know you’re planning to join our team.   


If you have any questions about the Edinburgh Marathon, please contact our dedicated team by emailing us at