Billed as the toughest event of its kind in Scotland, this year's Glencoe marathon on 6 October will include a half marathon and a 10k for the first time. Runners at the marathon have a chance to appear on TV as BBC2's monthly sports magazine programme, The Adventure Show, will televise the race.
The full marathon takes runners through the pass of Glencoe, surrounded by the towering remains of this ancient super volcano, before a gruelling 500 metre climb up the fearsome Devil's Staircase. From the eastern edge of the Aonach Eagach ridge, runners will look straight onto the mighty Buachaille Etive Mor which has been voted one of the top 10 greatest views in the world, before dropping back to sea level at Kinlochleven. Climbing up through the Mamores, the route rolls gently before descending into Glen Nevis and the base of the mighty Ben Nevis, the UK's highest peak. The route climbs a total of 1608 metres.
David Fox-Pitt, event organiser and founder of Loch Tay-based WildFox Events, said: "There are few marathon routes in the world that can rival the drama and beauty of Glencoe. Whether you are a seasoned marathon runner, a novice or a keen fundraiser we urge you to join us to experience this amazing event which we hope will raise considerable funds for two very worthwhile causes."
Mark Sullivan will be taking part in his first marathon and said: ''I'm really excited about the Glencoe marathon. I've never run a marathon before, but having taken part in similar endurance events in the past, I am confident I can do it and I'm sure the scenery alone should more than make up for the hours and hours of training! I can't wait.''
For more information, visit the event website