STUN­NING STIR­LING

Athletics Weekly - - Simplyhealth Great Stirling Run - Reg­is­ter now at: greatrun.org/stir­ling

THE Sim­ply­heath Great Stir­ling Run is com­ing in spring, with spec­tac­u­lar half-marathon and full marathon events on of­fer.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of Stir­ling’s in­au­gu­ral marathon in 2017, when it im­me­di­ately es­tab­lished it­self as one the

UK’s big­gest marathons, the sec­ond stag­ing of the event took on an added di­men­sion, with a re­mod­elled course and the in­tro­duc­tion of a 13.1-mile op­tion.

Hav­ing lis­tened to run­ners’ feed­back, the new route proved to be a real suc­cess, as was the re­lo­ca­tion of the event vil­lage to the pic­turesque Kings Park.

With the Great In­ter­na­tional XCoun­try and the brand new Great Stir­ling Cas­tle Run com­ing to the city in Jan­uary, the cen­tral Scot­land venue is prov­ing to be a hit with elite ath­letes and recre­ational run­ners alike – no real sur­prise given the beau­ti­ful set­ting on of­fer.

The Great Stir­ling Run marathon course starts and fin­ishes in the cen­tre of Stir­ling, the Gate­way to the High­lands.

Run­ners make their way into the Stir­ling­shire coun­try­side, past the Blair Drum­mond Sa­fari Park, through Doune, Dun­blane and Bridge of Al­lan, be­fore com­plet­ing a cir­cuit of the Univer­sity of Stir­ling’s cam­pus in the shadow of the his­toric Wal­lace Mon­u­ment.

The course then fea­tures the stun­ning scenery of Clack­man­nan­shire – also fea­tured in the half-marathon – as you en­ter Blair­logie, be­neath the im­pos­ing cliffs of Dumyat, then back to­wards Stir­ling it­self, pass­ing through the city cen­tre where thou­sands of spec­ta­tors come to cheer on the run­ners, be­fore fin­ish­ing in Kings Park, in full view of the mag­nif­i­cent Stir­ling Cas­tle.

Stir­ling is within easy reach of Ed­in­burgh, Glas­gow and Aberdeen and is less than an hour away from the stun­ning Loch Lomond and Trossachs Na­tional Park, mak­ing it a per­fect place to spend a week­end next spring.

Stir­ling is be­com­ing an in­creas­ing pop­u­lar run­ning des­ti­na­tion

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