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5 Sep

Stirling Back For 2018

The Stirling Scottish Marathon will return to the heart of Scotland for 2018 – with a new course and a new date. The inaugural Stirling Marathon, held in May of this year, reached capacity months before the event with 6500 people signing up for the 26.2-mile run through the Stirlingshire countryside.

Next year’s event, on April 29, is to start and finish in the city centre and following constructive feedback from the runners, a new and improved course has been designed which will showcase the beautiful scenery and historic landmarks of central Scotland.

Starting and finishing in the city centre, runners will follow a route past Blair Drummond Safari Park and through Doune, Dunblane and Bridge of Allan where hundreds of spectators lined the route during May’s event. Runners will then make their way back into Stirling city centre via the University of Stirling.

This year’s race was won by University of Stirling graduate and GB international Andrew Lemoncello, while Scottish running legend Liz McColgan joined Olympian Zola Pieterse (née Budd) in taking on the route.

Olympians Andrew Butchart and Derek Hawkins helped launch 2018’s Stirling Scottish Marathon alongside invited guests at Stirling Court Hotel on Thursday.

“Distance running is on the rise in Scotland and it is events like this that can only serve to improve the standard going forward,” said Hawkins.

The first 500 entries to the Stirling Scottish Marathon will pay a special early bird price. To sign up visit the event website.