Edinburgh Marathon to pass through Old Town

Runners take on the Edinburgh Marathon. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Runners take on the Edinburgh Marathon. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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Scotland’s largest running event has unveiled a new route which will see it go through the Capital’s Old Town for the first time.

The Edinburgh Marathon - taking place on Sunday, May 27 - will take in sights such as the Scott Monument, Princes Street Gardens and the Scottish Parliament.

Starting in Potterrow, it will pass through the Old Town for the first time in the event’s history, before finishing in Musselburgh.

Neil Kilgour, Edinburgh Marathon Festival director, said: “We are delighted to announce the new Edinburgh Marathon route to the world and believe we have a route which showcases the incredible and stunning city of Edinburgh to it’s very best.

“The key for us was creating a route which not only let our participants see more of Edinburgh, but also stays true to its worldwide reputation as one of the fastest marathon routes approved by an International Association of Athletics Federation label.”

The event attracts more than 30,000 runners each year, with an economic impact of more than £40 million for the Capital. Second only to London in terms of size in the UK, the festival has nine races which accommodate participants ranging from seasoned runners to beginners.