Over 1000 people from across the UK will head to the Highlands this weekend for the seventh annual Aviemore half marathon on Sunday (14 October). Highland races aren't renowned for being PB-friendly due to the undulating nature of the area, but Aviemore is the exception.
The course starts 1100 feet above sea level and finishes 720 above it, so large stretches are downhill - making it highly conducive to a fast time. It is a multi-terrain, point-to-point race with a mixture of forest trails, paths and tarmac roads. The picturesque Cairngorm Mountains are the backdrop for the route which goes around Loch Morlich, through Glenmore Forest Park and Rothiemurchus Estate, before crossing the River Spey to the finish line at the new Aviemore Highland Resort.
Race organisers commented on the sense of anticipation in the area: "There is a real buzz around Aviemore at this time and it is very exciting and enjoyable to be part of the genuine team spirit."
There is also a 10K race and a Family Fun Run will be held on the Saturday.
The event is to raise funds for Speyside Trust, a small Scottish charity helping children and adults with learning difficulties and other special needs. For more information visit Aviemore half marathon website.