New route for Stirling Marathon
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,
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