Edinburgh: Event Details
Event at a Glance
- Race Date: 14 April, 2013
- Half Marathon Start: 9:10am
- Start Line: Holyrood Park, Queens Drive [ more info ]
- Finish Line: Holyrood Park, Queens Drive [ more info ]
- Course Information
- Parking Information
- Final Instructions
- Scenic city centre course highlighting Edinburgh’s famous sites
- Live, local bands along the course
- Technical Participant Shirt
- Finisher’s Medal
- Plentiful Course Support, including Sports Drink and PowerBar Energy Gel
- Free Admission to the Finish Line Festival and Post Race Concert
How to Register
Registering is easy! You may register for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Edinburgh Half Marathon in two ways:
- Register Online
- Request an entry form by mail. Please contact us and we will be happy to mail a form to you. All registrations submitted by paper entry form will be charged a £7 Green Fee for processing. We do not accept phone entries.
Packet Pick Up | Fitness Festival
NEW this year! All UK participant packets will be posted!
You spoke, we listened! Based on runner feedback, we will be posting out participant race numbers* at no additional cost. Expo packet pick up the day before is no longer mandatory, and participant t-shirts will be available for pick up at the Fitness Festival on Sunday, 14 April, 2013.
*Packets will be posted to all UK residents. Those living outside the UK, and those who register after 31 March will be able to pick up their packets on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, 11-13 April at Run 4 It Edinburgh.
Packet Pick Up date and location is as follows:
- Date: Thursday – Saturday, 11- 13 April
- Location: Run 4 It Edinburgh | 108 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BE
- Open Hours:
- Thursday, 11 April, 9:30 – 19:00
- Friday, 12 April, 9:30 – 18:00
- Saturday, 13 April, 11:00 – 18:00
- Free Admission: Open to the public
- There is no Packet Pick Up on Race Day.
Mylaps Bib Tag
You will use the MYLAPS BibTag for the electronic registration of your time. At the back of your race number you can find a chip (the tag) and a foam pad. Please read the following instructions to receive your correct time after the race.
Tips to guarantee your correct chip timing:
- Carry the race number on the chest so everyone can see your number. Don’t cover this number with a jacket or with your hands/arms when you run over the timing mats. Please pay attention when you use a (stop)watch on the start and finish mats.
- Never fold or damage this number. Especially on the location of the BibTag.
- Use four (4) safety pins on the corners of the number. Do not damage or perforate the BibTag.
- Do not remove the foam pad on the BibTag.
- If you own a personal MYLAPS ChampionChip, you can just leave it on your shoe. It will not influence your BibTag timing.
After the race you can take the race number (including BibTag) as a memory or souvenir, or you can throw it away at the normal garbage collection (plastic).
Free and open to the public on Race Day, the festival will feature several exhibitors with free samples, the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health & nutritional information and much more. Pick up some last-minute race essentials before the race starts and be sure to visit the Official Souvenir Store.
The Fitness Festival will be free and open to the public on race day (Sunday) from 8:00- 13:00.
- Date: Sunday, 14 April, 2013
- Half Marathon Start Time: 9:10am
- Location: Start Line Village: Holyrood Park,
The start line corral system allows for a smooth race start for participants of varying levels. Based on the estimated finish time that you provide on your race entry form, you are assigned a race number and corresponding corral, with other participants of similar running pace.
Making Corral Changes
To move back to a slower corral, simply start in that corral on race morning. No official corral change is necessary. If your training has gone better than expected, and you would like to move up to a faster corral, pick up your race pack (which contains your race number) at the Health & Fitness Expo and then proceed to the “Corral Change” table to be re-assigned to the appropriate corral.
In an effort to provide every one of our participants with as comfortable a run as possible, a Wave Start will be incorporated for Rock ‘n’ Roll Edinburgh.
Participants are assigned to an appropriate corral based on the projected finishing time submitted on their entry form. Typically, there are multiple waves assigned to several of the finishing times. All spectators should be aware of this when organizing their viewing schedule for the day.
- When the gun fires, the first corral will be released. The rest of the participants will be held at the start line.
- At pre-determined intervals the next corral will be released.
- By using this staggered starting method, the pack will be spread out and allow every runner to settle into their racing rhythm from the first step right to the finish line.
The Baggage Check Marquee will open at 7:30am.
Before you enter your assigned corral, drop-off your pre-race/post-race clothing and belongings at the Baggage Check. Bring your own small bag and affix the Baggage Check tag that comes attached to your bib number to the baggage you drop off. The Baggage Check marquee will be arranged alphabetically near the Start Line. While you run, your bag will be held at Baggage Check. After the race, reclaim your checked bag at the same marquee.
Please note: DO NOT leave valuables, cash or jewelry in your gear bag. The event is not responsible for any lost items. Gear bags must be claimed before close of the Finish Line Festival on race day.
The official race course will run through of some of the most scenic areas of Edinburgh, including Holyrood Park and its glorious views of Arthur’s Seat, Scottish Parliament, The Queen’s Palace at Holyrood, Edinburgh Castle, the Meadows, Grassmarket, Cowgate and Portobello Promenade.
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Energy Drink on Course
Isoconiq is the official energy drink on the course. Orange flavored Isoconiq will be served at two water stations along the course.
Location: Holyrood Park, Queen’s Drive
Getting to the finish line – Located in Edinburgh’s beautiful and iconic Holyrood Park against the back drop of Arthurs Seat, a mile from Edinburgh Castle and the City Centre hustle and bustle!
The Secure Zone - Once you cross the finish line, you’ll enter the Secure Zone, a fenced off area designated for participants only. In the Secure Zone, you’ll have your photo taken, refuel with water and refreshments and receive your finisher’s medal. Once you leave the Secure Zone, you cannot re-enter. Just outside of the Secure Zone, you can retrieve your gear bag and join family and friends for the Finish Line Festival.
Information Booths/ Lost & Found - An Information Booth will be positioned at the start and finish to assist you with any race day questions and help you find your way. The Information Booth will also serve as the race day Lost & Found. Any valuables found at the start or finish should be turned in to the Information Booth.
Any valuable items NOT claimed at the finish by 3 pm will be sent back to our office. To claim a lost item after the event, please contact us.
Medical Team – The Competitor Group Medical Team is a group of volunteer multidisciplinary medical personnel dedicated to acting as a team to provide rapid assessment of medical needs and to administer acute first aid and immediate services to the runners. More information
Finish Line Festival
After the race, reunite with family and friends and relish in your post race accomplishment with refreshments and live music at the finish line stage.
Finish Line Festival Timeline – TBC
Concert admission is FREE and open to the Public.
- Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions.
- Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, you may not give or sell your race number to anyone else, and you may not transfer your entry fee to future races.
- If you attempt to sell your race number, you may be banned from future Competitor Group events for three years.
- You must be at least 17 years old to participate in the Half Marathon.
- You must be in good health and physically prepared to take on the challenge of a Half Marathon.
- You must show photo ID to receive your race number and timing chip.
- You must pick up your own race packet and race number at the Health & Fitness Expo.
- Race numbers are required to participate.
- No coaches, bikes, in-line skates, skateboards, baby joggers or dogs will be allowed on the course.
Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and entries are NON-TRANSFERABLE. Sorry, no exceptions. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. You may not give or sell your number to anyone else. You also may not transfer your application to the following year or another Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event.
To ensure that roads reopen to vehicular traffic at the scheduled times, the course time limit of 3.5 hours will be STRICTLY ENFORCED. Participants must maintain a pace of approximately 16 minutes per mile, or faster than the this in order to complete the race on closed city streets. Please note – this is timing chip time, not gun time. The course time limit will begin when the last participant and Tail Vehicle cross the start line.
If a participant’s pace falls below the course time limit, they have a few options:
- Increase their pace to stay within the event minimum pace;
- Board a “sag wagon” shuttle to move forward on the course, where they may continue to participate in the event, maintaining the minimum pace required; or
- If at any time a participant drops behind the tail vehicle, the participant will be given a wrist band by the tail vehicle steward and informed that they can continue the race as an active pedestrian with the roads reopened as usual. Runners will be asked to move over the side of the road or the footpath in this instance. Runners will be able to finish the race as normal even if they are presented with a wrist band.