New route for Stir­ling Marathon

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THE Stir­ling Scot­tish Marathon will re­turn to the heart of Scot­land for 2018 – with a new course and a new date.

Stir­ling’s in­au­gu­ral marathon reached ca­pac­ity months prior to the event, with 6500 peo­ple sign­ing up for the 26.2-mile run through the Stir­ling­shire coun­try­side in May, and or­gan­is­ers The Great Run Com­pany have an­nounced that the event will re­turn for 2018, tak­ing place on Sun­day,

April 29.

Fol­low­ing con­struc­tive feed­back from the run­ners, a new and im­proved course has been de­signed which will show­case the beau­ti­ful scenery and his­toric land­marks of cen­tral Scot­land.

Start­ing and fin­ish­ing in the city cen­tre, run­ners will fol­low a route past Blair Drum­mond Sa­fari Park and through Doune, Dun­blane and Bridge of Al­lan where hun­dreds of spec­ta­tors lined the route dur­ing May’s event.

Run­ners will then make their way back into Stir­ling city cen­tre via the Univer­sity of Stir­ling.

The in­au­gu­ral marathon was won by Univer­sity of Stir­ling grad­u­ate and GB in­ter­na­tional An­drew Le­mon­cello, while Scot­tish run­ning leg­end Liz McCol­gan joined Olympian

Zola Pi­eterse in tak­ing on the 26.2-mile dis­tance.

Olympian Derek Hawkins helped launch next year’s

Stir­ling Scot­tish Marathon along­side in­vited guests at Stir­ling Court Ho­tel.

“Dis­tance run­ning is on the rise in Scot­land and it is events like this that can only serve to im­prove the stan­dard go­ing for­ward,” said Hawkins, who com­peted in the 2016 Rio Olympics marathon.

Stir­ling Coun­cil leader, Coun­cil­lor Scott Farmer, said: “Stir­ling Coun­cil is de­lighted to once again host the Stir­ling Marathon in 2018 after the fan­tas­tic suc­cess of this year’s in­au­gu­ral event. The route is truly stun­ning.”

The first 500 en­tries to the Stir­ling Scot­tish Marathon will pay a spe­cial early bird price.

To sign up visit greatrun. org/stir­ling

Derek Hawkins (right): helped to launch the 2018 Stir­ling event

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