Charity of the Week

Edinburgh Marathon Festival

12 Weeks to go until EMF

Plenty of time to train – and raise money for good causes

Excitement is building for the 2022 Edinburgh Marathon Festival, set for a brilliant return to the streets of the capital over the weekend of 28/29 May.


The event will be the first ‘real life’ version of the event since its cancellation in 2020 and transformation into a virtual event in 2021.


Second only to London in terms of size in the UK, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival now has 11 races on offer – including a 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon relay – guaranteeing something for everyone from seasoned runners to kids just starting out on their running journey.


Over 35,000 runners are expected to take part this year – many of whom will be contributing to the millions of pounds raised for charity over the years at the EMF. 


Standard entries to all races are still currently available, but organisers expect them to go quickly as race day approaches and confidence in racing returns.  Every ‘real-life’ edition of the event has sold out since 2008. 


With 12 weeks to go, there’s not only plenty of time to train for one of the events – there’s also plenty of time to raise much needed funds for charity. 

Like many events, EMF works with a range of official and affiliate charities, but that doesn’t stop runners from supporting for their own causes.

One charity with a strong presence at EMF each year is Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. They’re currently offering their support and free charity places in the each of the races, in return for a commitment to raising funds for their work supporting those with chest, heart and stroke conditions – as well as their families – throughout Scotland. CHSS would love to have you on their team in 2022.


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