Have you got the running bug like the Scotsman Hotel Team? If so, you definitely want to head to the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, which takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017. In addition to the main event, there’s also a half-marathon, 10km run, 5km run, junior run and team relay, so you can participate no matter what your fitness levels and goals.
Edinburgh first held a mass participation marathon in 1982, and the Edinburgh Marathon Festival took place in 2003. The winner of the first EMF Marathon was Graham Reilly, and the course record is held by Zachary Kihara of Kenya, with a time of 2:15:26. In the EMF in 2003, serial fundraiser Lloyd Scott ran the entire marathon in a deep-sea diving suit. It took Scott a total of six days to complete the route, and this is generally regarded as the slowest time ever to run a marathon.
If you’re tempted to attempt the marathon yourself, the 26-mile gruelling slog is made ever so slightly easier by the picturesque route and the sights and sounds along the way. The course starts at Arthur’s Seat (thankfully you’re already at the top). The route then heads downhill into the streets of Edinburgh proper, and at roughly the five-mile marker runners turn on to the Ponty Promenade on the water’s edge. From this point onward, the majority of the remaining route hugs the coast line and runners reach the halfway point in the Cockenzie area of East Lothian. After 18 miles, the race turns back on itself at Gosford House. The final stretch leads runners back along the coast until the finishing line comes into view just outside the Musselburgh Racecourse.
The Scotsman Hotel is excellently situated to provide a comfortable night’s sleep if you’re travelling to take part in the marathon.