Running a Marathon is no mean feat and there are plenty of people that take part in these races competitively, for pleasure, for exercise or to raise money through sponsorship for their chosen charity. Running a Marathon on a flat course is naturally easier than running over the hills such as in the Scottish Highlands but many runners savour the cross country challenge. Here we take a look at some of the Marathons taking place in the highlands.
The Loch Ness Marathon
The Loch Ness Marathon is sponsored by Baxter's with the next scheduled race to take place in September 2016. The scenery that runners will experience during the race is breath-taking, while the story of Loch Ness and Nessie the monster is a worldwide phenomenon. This makes the Loch Ness area really popular as a holiday destination, while many people enjoy watching the race from the many convenient vantage points along the route. The Baxter's Marathon is a popular annual event that attracts thousands of visitors every year.
The route of the Loch Ness Marathon is amazing and starts between Fort Augustus and Foyers on very high ground. The run drops down onto the banks of Loch Ness by the B852 following the South Eastern shore toward Dores which is located at the Northern end of the loch. Here the race turns towards Inverness crossing the main road bridge. The final half mile follows the bank of the River Ness finishing in Bught Park.
How to Enter
Those wishing to enter the 2016 Loch Ness Marathon may do so now! The Marathon is open to anyone eighteen years of age and over, while there are no "on the day" places available runners must apply to enter the Marathon in advance. So, what is included in the entry fee if anything?
- Goody bag
- Finisher's medal
- Technical finisher's tee shirt
- Post-race meal
- Finisher's certificate to download
- Water stations on the race route
- Coach transport
- Festival at the end of the race with live music and entertainment for all the family
Runners wishing to contact the race organisers by phone or post may do so using the details below
- Loch Ness Marathon
- P O Box 26
- Muir of Ord
- IV6 7WZ
- Tele 0844 875 1411
The Glencoe Marathon
The Glencoe Marathon, organised by Wild Fox Events is not a race to be embarked on lightly as this punishing Marathon runs from Glencoe to Glen Nevis across rough terrain that offers spectacular mountain views along with a gruelling run. There are plenty of places to stay in the Glencoe area for those who are either taking part in the race or simply spectating, while Fort William is another great place to stay when entering the Marathon.
The Glencoe Marathon starts at the Red Squirrel Campsite in Glencoe around 9am. As the 2015 race only took place in October the 2016 race date is yet to be announced therefore runners need to keep a close eye on the Glen Coe Marathon website for further information. The race is a very tough off road race of 26.2 miles that includes a run up the Devils Staircase that is a 500 metre climb, so not for the faint hearted! Next comes the town of Kinlochleven, up towards Glen Nevis with the finish line located in Fort William.
How to Enter
Those wishing to enter the Glencoe Marathon will need to contact the organisers via email, letter or phone, details of which are listed below. Runners are required to provide their own
- Waterproof hooded jacket and trousers
- Gloves and hat
- Fully charged mobile phone
- Emergency food
- Spare warm top
- Small medical survival kit
Marshalls will line the route of the Marathon at regular intervals ensuring no runner will get lost on the day. Mountain rescue and the British Red Cross also attend the race in case they are needed, while energy drinks water and hot drinks are also provided.
- Glencoe Marathon
- Wild Fox Events
- PH15 2HX
- Tele 01567 820 409
Highland Perthshire Marathon
The Highland Perthshire Marathon took place during September in 2015 and is a very popular marathon event. The Marathon is a two lap circuit that finishes in Wades Park in Aberfeldy itself a picturesque location that is popular with visitors. This Marathon is a road race but none the less offers beautiful views and scenery for spectators and runners to enjoy making it one of the top marathons in Scotland to rival any marathon in England except possibly the London Marathon.
The Highland Perthshire Marathon starts at Weem Church and follows the road to Kenmore where runners will join the A827. Once here the route proceeds into Taymouth Castle Grounds and runs along the east road to the east exit where runners will re-join the A827 road that leads back to Aberfeldy. Once in Aberfeldy runners turn left onto Taybridge Drive then cross over Wades Bridge to finish in Wades Park. This route is repeated again by Marathon runners, while if it's beautiful scenery you seek then you will not be disappointed when joining this Marathon!
How to Enter
The Highland Perthshire Marathon has a number of entry categories that include Mens and Ladies Junior, Open, Senior, Veteran and Super Veteran. Application can be made online at the website while charity entries are also facilitated and include
- Aberfeldy Rotary Club
- Cardiac Risk in the Young
The site also offers a weekend package that runners may wish to consider. Included in the package price is
- Free camping and car park
- Gift and finishers medal
- Pasta party
- Post-race refreshments
- Leg massage
Registration takes place either at the Moness Resort or on the day of the race at Wades Park. There are four water stops on the route, so eight during the Marathon as runners will do the circuit twice. Warm drinks and cake are provided at the end of the race. Roads are not closed so extra care must be taken while running although the route is well supervised by marshals.
- Highland Perthshire Marathon
- 6 The Beeches
- Kenmore Road
- PH15 2BZ