Edinburgh Marathon Relay

Join us for the fantastic EMF Hairy Haggis Relay on the UK's fastest marathon course.
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Grab three friends and join us for the EMF Hairy Haggis Relay, with each of the four legs of the course bringing its own unique challenge.

Entry details

Take advantage of one of our free charity places in exchange for a pledge to support the Cystic Fibrosis Trust with sponsorship of £500 or more. Alternatively, you can purchase your own place and run for us, just raise whatever you can! 

Event details

This course is fast and flat - in fact, it was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World! The main marathon has sold out every year, and is second only to the London marathon in terms of the number of entrants and supporters. 

The EMF Hairy Haggis Team Relay is an opportunity for teams of four runners to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. The 26.2 miles is split into 4 legs, starting at Edinburgh City Centre and ending in the coastal town of Musselburgh, with each runner completing one leg. The approximate distance of each leg is shown below:

 Leg 1: The Royal Leg – 8.3 miles

The Edinburgh Marathon starts in London and Regent Road before passing by the historic Holyrood Palace, which has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century. It then runs through Holyrood Park in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat and then Meadowbank Sports Stadium, scene of former Commonwealth Games in 1970 & 1986. It then turns north before reaching Portobello Promenade for some cooling seaside air where runners reach the first relay changeover at Fisherrow Links, Musselburgh.

 Leg 2: The Cock & Pan Leg – 5.5 miles

The route then crosses the River Esk and past Musselburgh Racecourse and then continues beyond Prestongrange Mining Museum, Prestonpans, the site of the 1745 Battle of Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton, with the second relay changeover at Port Seton Links.

 Leg 3: The Gosford Leg – 8 miles

It then races on to picturesque East Lothian, along Scotland’s golf coast which boasts 22 courses including some of the world’s oldest and most admired like North Berwick, Gullane and Muirfield. The route passes the village of Longniddry then enters the grounds of Gosford House before looping around and heading back to Port Seton and the final relay changeover.

 Leg 4: The Glory Leg – 4.4 miles

Now in the home straight the route passes through Port Seton, Cockenzie and Prestonpans back past Musselburgh Links, the famous golf course officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest golf course in the world. The marathon finishes in playing fields at Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School. Well done hairies!

With each relay leg posing a different challenge, make sure you pick and order your team wisely; which lucky runner will get The Glory Leg?

However you get a place, we promise all runners loads of support and encouragement along the way including:

  • Team CF running top to wear with pride on the day
  • Fundraising pack crammed full of ideas
  • New online interactive Training Zone
  • Regular team e-newsletters
  • Cheer points along the route to spur you on!

Download a fundraising pack

Are your friends and family coming to cheer you on? Let us know and we'll kit them out with the balloons and banners they need to stand out from the crowd!

Why run for Cystic Fibrosis Trust?

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to fighting for a life unlimited by cystic fibrosis for everyone living with the condition. We are investing in cutting-edge research, supporting clinical care, and campaigning tirelessly on the issues that matter, but we need your help. Together we will beat cystic fibrosis for good.

Charity place

Pledge to raise a minimum of £500 (per team) and join Team CF for this sell-out marathon-route relay.

Got your own place?

If you have applied for a place direct from the organisers (or wish to), you can still use that place to run with Team CF. No minimum fundraising target, just enjoy the run!

CF Trust gave me amazing support when I chose to run for them. Not only were they fantastic in the build up helping me raise sponsorship, but on the day gave me the boost I needed to get a great time!

Jane Smith, previous participant

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