Run­ners beat a path to Stir­ling

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Top in­ter­na­tional cross coun­try run­ners will be head­ing to Stir­ling early in the NewYear.

And or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing lo­cal sports fans will turn out in huge num­bers to sup­port them

Elite ath­letes will take part in the Great Stir­ling XCoun­try event, which moves from Ed­in­burgh’s Holyrood Park after 13 years in the cap­i­tal.

Along­side the race on Satur­day, Jan­uary 12, the Sim­ply­health Great Stir­ling Cas­tle Run will see run­ners tak­ing on a 7km off–road course, start­ing and fin­ish­ing in King’s Park, and tak­ing in the King’s Knot, Be­head­ing Stone and Stir­ling Cas­tle be­fore cross­ing the fin­ish line.

On the day, the Scot­tish In­ter-District Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships and an In­ter­na­tional 4x1K Re­lay event will also be run.

In re­cent years stars in­clud­ing Sir Mo Farah, Laura Muir and Cal­lum Hawkins have taken part in the tele­vised event and it is hoped the two Scots stars will be among those on the start line.

The elite race will be tele­vised on BBC 1.

It is or­gan­ised by the Great Run Com­pany, which is also be­hind the Great Stir­ling Run Marathon and Half-Marathon which will be run on Sun­day, April 28 next year.

Chair­man Bren­dan Foster said:“As we have al­ready learned over the last two years, Stir­ling is a city that em­braces sport and ac­tiv­ity.

“The cross coun­try is a world–class, pres­ti­gious event with a rich his­tory and a bright fu­ture.”

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