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7 Sep

Final Chance For Dumfries

Tomorrow (Friday 8 September) is the final day for runners to book their place in this year’s Dumfries Half Marathon. The race takes place at 11am this Sunday (10 September) and begins in the historic Crichton grounds.

Runners will enjoy spectacular scenery and stunning views as the route heads along Bankend Road towards Caerlaverock Castle turning right towards Glencaple to enjoy a great view of the Solway Firth and Criffel Hill. The race follows the banks of the River Nith to finish within the grounds of the famous Crichton Campus.

The Dumfries Town Band will provide music throughout the race and the Dumfries Sea Cadets will marshal water stations. Entry includes a buff and medal for all finishers as well as a comprehensive goody bag. All funds raised from this year's race will go to Marie Curie, the UK's leading terminal illness charity. South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth will carry out the official start of the race and hand out medals to finishers.

“It’s a real privilege to be carrying out the race start on behalf of Marie Curie and awarding the medal,” he said.

“In my work as Vice-Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Palliative Care Group I have seen at first hand what Marie Curie do to support families at an incredibly difficult time and it’s great that Dumfries Running Club have recognised this work.”

With entry to the race strictly limited to 250, you’ll have to move fast to ensure you take your place on the start line. Online entry for the Dumfries Half Marathon is available here.