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