Edinburgh Marathon Festival
29 May 2016
25 May 2014
There was a lot of weather at this years event but, that is Scotland for you. This could be the last year you go to Edinburgh in May without needing to take your passport.
26 May 2013
Flat & Fast. The EMF Half course follows the Edinburgh Marathon route.
Hairy Haggis Relay
The EMF Hairy Haggis Team Relay is an opportunity for a team of 4 runners to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. The 26.2 Miles will be split between 4 runners. The approximate distance of each leg is below.
Leg 1: The Royal Leg - 8.4 Miles
This year the mens team repeated their 2011 result with another podium finish in 3rd place overall. The ladies team not to be outdone improved on their 2011 result by 23 minutes.
We definitely need a trophy cabinet.
22 May 11
The Edinburgh Marathon was launched in 2003 by GSi Events Ltd. and it is now the second largest marathon in the UK. The first year had 3,000 entrants arising to 14,150 in 2009, which makes this marathon one of the fastest growing marathons in the UK.
The Edinburgh Marathon is the fastest marathon in the UK (Runners World – May 2008), this is a major pull factor for elite runners aiming to get qualifying times for the Olympics 2012 and Commonwealth Games 2014.
The Marathon starts in the city under the watchful eye of the Burns Monument. After 5 miles the course makes its way down to the Portobello Promenade and the welcome of a strong wind whistling in from the Firth of Forth. This continues for 13 miles until the turn for home at 18 miles. At the finish line the spectators greet the finishing runners from a Grandstand viewpoint at Musselburgh Racecourse.
Out of a field of 641 teams the men's Ramsey team the Ramsey Rockets came in 3rd position and got to stand on the podium ceremony (and filmed by Sky Sports). The relay runs the same route as the Edinburgh marathon but is split into 4 stages. Simon Mead completed the 1st stage of 8 miles, Gavin Stokes ran the 2nd stage of 5.5 miles, Andrew Brett did the 3rd stage of 8.7 miles and Rob White completed the final 4 mile leg. The relay starts just after the main marathon, which meant Simon dodging and weaving his way through thousands of slower runners (but still managed to achieve sub 6 minute miles). Gavin made the most of the back wind to keep a good pace before handing to Andrew who ran the 3rd stage which was advertised as 8 miles exactly but was in fact nearly a mile longer. At this point we were in 3rd place and Rob managed to hold off the teams behind in the final leg despite a strong head wind. Andrew and Gavin almost missed the podium ceremony as they had to get from Port Seton to Musselborough 5 miles away in 20 minutes through the heavy marathon traffic by taxi, sprinting another mile before making it in the nick of time. The team was presented with a glass trophy, which sums up a superb Ramsey Road Runners achievement (which could also be the club's first). Guess we now need a trophy cabinet!
The club also entered a ladies team consisting of Sian White, Sam Prior, Donya Stokes and Libby Mead who finished in 281st place in a time of 4 hours and 55 seconds. Michelle Prior completed the half marathon in a personal best of 1:34:58, finishing 331st out of 4532 people. Well done Michelle.
23 May 10
parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. Ideal for a gentle marathon warmup.
24 May 09
25 May 08