Edinburgh Marathon Festival

- Add to Calendar 2023-05-27 00:00:00 2023-05-28 00:00:00 Edinburgh Marathon Festival Join 35,000 runners for Scotland’s biggest running event over the Bank Holiday Weekend and choose between Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K distances. With stunning scenery and a fast, flat route, make this a running experience to remember. Edinburgh, Scotland WaterAid UK [email protected] Europe/London public
Edinburgh, Scotland
10k, Half Marathon or Marathon
Minimum Sponsorship:
Varies between races - see below
Registration fee:
WaterAid/Brendan Foster

Event information

Join 35,000 runners for Scotland’s biggest running event over the Bank Holiday Weekend and choose between Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K distances. With stunning scenery and a fast, flat route, make this a running experience to remember.

The Edinburgh 10K

Date: 28 May 2022
Minimum sponsorship: £150 
Route: run in the surroundings of Holyrood Park, which offers striking panoramic views of the city and Edinburgh Castle.

The half and full marathons

Date: 29 May 2022
Minimum sponsorship: £300 for the half marathon, £500 for the full marathon 
Route: a fast and flat course, perfect for beginners – and with genuine PB potential! The route takes in Edinburgh’s most iconic landmarks as well as picturesque views along the East Lothian coastline.

Whichever finish line you cross, you’ll achieve more than your goal – you'll be helping reach everyone everywhere with clean waterdecent toilets and good hygiene.

Got a place? Run for WaterAid

Even if you already have your place in the race, you can still join Team WaterAid and help us finish thirst for good. Set up a Just Giving fundraising page for the route you're taking on:

What you'll get from us

To help support all our runners in the lead up to race day we’ve teamed up with the company RunningWithUs to provide you with a special training package. As a member of our team you’ll receive:

  • A bespoke training plan – suitable for your level of experience
  • Email helpline – ask a coach or physio your training, race, nutrition or injury questions
  • Twitter and Facebook ask-the-coach services and webinar sessions
  • A WaterAid running vest or technical t-shirt

We also provide a fundraising pack to help you meet your targets, fundraising and event resources like balloons, collecting tins and banners (upon request) and regular newsletters with support and advice from our dedicated WaterAid events team.

If you have a question or would like to chat about joining Team WaterAid please get in touch.


Congrats on securing your own place – we'd love to have you on board!

To join Team WaterAid you can either pop us an email at [email protected] to let us know you’d like to join our team, or you can set up an online fundraising page for your event:

10K on JustGiving
Half marathon on JustGiving
Full marathon on JustGiving

They'll tell us you’re fundraising for WaterAid and we’ll get in touch to say thank you and send you a fundraising pack.

If you’ve registered for a charity place or got your own place in any of our events, you'll receive your very own WaterAid running vest a few weeks before the race.

If you're taking on a different event for WaterAid and would like us to send you a vest or jersey, please contact us at [email protected].

We've teamed up with leading sport and training coaches RunningWithUs to provide expert training plans, tips and advice.

We have bespoke training plans, put together by RunningWithUs, and you'll get direct access to the expertise of our professional coaches. Whether you’re brand new to running or a seasoned cyclist, we have a training plan to help you. If you have any specific training questions, you can contact RunningWithUs directly by emailing [email protected]

We're really sorry to hear that – please contact our events team at [email protected] to let us know you won’t be taking part.

Our minimum sponsorship targets vary according to the distance you're running.

  • 10K run: £150 minimum sponsorship
  • Half Marathon: £300 minimum sponsorship
  • Marathon: £500 minimum sponsorship



If you’ve bought a WaterAid charity place in an event, we'll ask you to reach a minimum fundraising target. This will cover the cost of the event place and administration fees that WaterAid have to pay, and help provide much needed support to some of the world’s poorest communities.

If you're concerned you won’t reach your fundraising target, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. We're on hand to help you out with tips and ideas that will help you reach your target and we may be able to extend your deadline, so that you have that little bit longer to fundraise.

You’ve come to the right place! Check out some great fundraising ideas and inspirational stories.

Once you’ve registered for an event, we’ll also send you a fundraising guide as part of your welcome pack. This has lots of great fundraising tips to get you off to a flying start.

If you've raised money on JustGiving or VirginMoneyGiving, your job is done! All the online donations made to your fundraising page are automatically transferred over to WaterAid and allocated to your total.

If you've raised money offline, you can pay your money in online, or send in your fundraising by making a bank transfer, sending us a cheque, or paying in your money over the phone.

If you’re making a bank transfer please use the following details:

WaterAid Current Account
Barclays Bank PLC
Sort code: 20-65-82
Account number: 20422746

If you’re sending in a cheque, please make it payable to WaterAid and send it to:

6th floor
20 Canada Square
E14 5NN

Please also fill in a donation form with your name and details of your fundraising, and send it in to us. Otherwise we won’t know that the money is from you, and we won’t be able to thank you for your fundraising!

If you want to pay your money in over the phone, give us a call on 020 7793 4594.

Contact us

Have a question about the event you've signed up to? Or do you need some help choosing your next challenge?

Contact Bob in our Events team and he’ll be happy to help.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 020 7793 4594

You can also join the WaterAid Events Facebook group to get answers to any questions you may have.

Bob from the events team, who you can contact about the Edinburgh Festival
WaterAid/Billy Barraclough