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5 Oct

New Route For Stirling

The 2018 Stirling Marathon will take in a section of Hillfoots Road, following the announcement of a new and ‘improved’ course. The change in the route follows the announcement last month that the marathon will return to the city after a successful debut in May.

The 2018 event will take place on Sunday, 29 April, and will start beneath Stirling Castle where runners will head along the A84 – picking up the 2017 route from Blair Drummond Safari Park towards Doune.

Crossing the Bridge of Teith participants will then head to Dunblane before following the A9 to Bridge of Allan and then on to the University of Stirling where runners will complete a loop of the campus. From there they will rejoin Airthrey Road, passing the Wallace Monument, and heading down the A91 Hillfoots Road towards Blairlogie.

Runners will then turn right at Gogar Loan and make off towards the roundabout at Alloa Road before turning right once more and heading back towards the city. They will head into Springkerse from there, along Riverside and in to the city centre – finishing alongside King’s Park.

Organisers have taken on board feedback from many participants in this year’s Stirling Marathon and have set their sights on returning next year, bigger and better.

Great Run chief executive Paul Foster said: “We were delighted with the response to the first-ever Stirling Scottish Marathon and we are excited to return to the heart of Scotland next year, with an improved course.

“This event managed to capture the imagination of the running community in Scotland and we’re looking forward to next year’s marathon.”

In this year’s event Andrew Lemoncello won the men's race with a time of 2:25:01, while Leslie Pirie was the fastest woman, clocking 2:47:48.

Entry for the 2018 Stirling Marathon is now open. To sign up visit here.