Scotland's first kilomathon is fast approaching and entries are pouring in for the historic event, with runners only having until October 1 to secure their place. Participants will have the chance to run across the iconic Forth Road Bridge in the October 3 race, as well as chasing an historic title.
The event is one of a series of three metric marathons - run over 26 kilometres rather than miles - being staged across Britain by the organisers of the hugely successful Edinburgh Marathon Festival. New for 2011 will be a kilomathon race in London, adding to Edinburgh and Derby, which made up the series this year.
Set to become one of the 'must do' races in the UK calendar, thousands have already signed up for the inaugural Scottish kilomathon. The first Scot across the line will become the national champion at the distance, with the whole race televised on Sky Sports.
"We are very excited about this new addition to the UK running scene," said Neil Kilgour, the race director. "For many runners, particularly those preparing to run marathons, it will be an ideal opportunity to test themselves at a distance beyond half marathon, but the course is so stunning that we think most will be taking part simply because they want the chance to race across the Forth Road Bridge and participate in a truly historic event."
Starting and finishing at the Royal Highland Showground at Ingliston, runners will cross the Forth Road Bridge in both directions during the course of the 16 mile plus race which also takes in the towns of South Queensferry and Kirkliston.
The first ever Kilomathon took place earlier this year when 5000 runners raced around Derby on Mother's Day with Wolverhampton's Martin Williams, winner of the 2009 Edinburgh Marathon, taking the title, while establishing the world record of one hour and, symbolically, 26 minutes, over this new distance.
The third in the series, the London Kilomathon, will take place next year, with all three set to become annual events. More information can be found here.