Central Scotland and Fife

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Black Rock 5k RunnersThe iconic Chariots of Fire beach run, filmed at West Sands in St Andrews, has made this part of Scotland synonymous with running around the world, but there is more to the area than Hugh Hudson’s Oscar-winning film. Boasting a wide variety of terrain and scenery, there is something for every runner - established road races, scenic trails, great canal paths, local parks and dramatic countryside in the form of the Ochils and the Trossachs.

The area’s growing running community was given a boost last year with the first Scottish Up and Running store opening in Stirling. Manager, Simon Barlow, and his staff are available to offer friendly and professional advice on running and fitness footwear. The store is already having an impact on the area by sponsoring trail race, the Gartmorn 6 in March, as well as starting its own running group led by Stirling University athletics coach, Gordon Robertson.

Fife and Central is perhaps best known to runners for its number of very successful clubs including Central AC, home of Scottish marathon champion Ross Houston, and Carnegie Harriers whose achievements are as bright as their distinctive apparel. We focus on Fife AC, a club that organises more races than any other in Britain, and talk to member Graham Bennison about life there.

The club has weekly races year round including the Nightmare and Beveridge Park Series. Of the many other events the club holds, one of the most popular is the Devil’s Burden in February which sees 600 runners and almost as many spectators descend on Falkland. Other popular events in the area include the Alloa half marathon in March and the Black Rock 5 at Kinghorn which combines road and beach running. The race takes runners over the sand into the Firth of Forth, and sees participants splashing around the rock before ending with a hilly finish.

Runners are well catered for in terms of training facilities with The Peak at Stirling Sports Village servicing those in Stirling, while we focus on Grangemouth Stadium, widely recognised as one of the best indoor athletics training venues in Scotland. For those starting out in running, there is an ever-expanding list of jogscotland groups you can join. We speak to Mandy Beer who has recently started one such group at Briarlands Farm, near Stirling.


The best way to improve your running - join one of Central Scotland or Fife's active running clubs.


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The sports centres and health & fitness clubs.