Edinburgh Set for Big Year of Sport


Edinburgh is a sports-mad city, and 2018 is already shaping up to be another bumper year of live sporting action for the Scottish capital.

There’s a host of live events to take in around the city, and Edinburgh will be represented by various teams across almost every sport imaginable. Who said Glasgow was the home of Scottish sport?

The action is already in full swing, with the Six Nations taking place throughout February and March. Few things can top the sights and sounds of the Murrayfield crowd when this tournament starts, and this year Scotland face France and England in front of the faithful. The second of those games never disappoints – England are favourites for the tournament, but the Scots are certain to give them a run for their money in the fight for this year’s Calcutta Cup.

Credit: ‘Murrayfield’ – Chris Brown via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

There’s plenty of excitement guaranteed in the Scottish Premiership as well. Sure, Celtic might run away with the title again, but Hibs and Hearts are locked in a cross-town battle for the European places, and given that both sides are well-placed in the top half of the table, they’re almost certain to face each other for a fourth time towards the end of the season. An Edinburgh derby with everything to play for is therefore on the cards in the Spring.

If those events whet the appetite of locals to get involved themselves, the Edinburgh marathon arrives at the right time. Set for the end of May, the annual race has gone from strength to strength every year and now attracts some top-class long distance runners alongside an interesting variety of fun runners. Just as the sun is coming out and the city is getting ready for the annual festival, it’s the marathon which is set to kick off the summer.

Credit: ‘Full House at Tynecastle’ – John Lord via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Then there are the events that will ensure Edinburgh’s sports bars and pubs are packed out with locals and tourists alike. Scotland’s favourite son Andy Murray is set to return from injury in time for this year’s Wimbledon Championships, and he’ll be chasing another title to prove that he hasn’t missed a beat. The World Cup is sure to captivate the city, too, even if Scotland aren’t involved.

Then there’s the rugby league, which has another action-packed schedule in store. The Super League kicked off its 23rd edition in February, starting with Wigan facing Hull over in Australia, but bars will be showing games a little closer to home throughout the year before October’s final. The same is true for the Challenge Cup, and if you have an inkling as to who might be playing in this summer’s final it’s worth a wager. It’s a close field this year, but the marginal favourites are St Helens – William Hill have them at 4/1 to clinch their thirteenth trophy, and their first since 2008.

There certainly aren’t many cities in Britain – or Europe, for that matter – that do sport quite as well as Edinburgh, and this year might be the most exciting in quite a while.

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